Trixie’s café treats after some tough Tshwane climbs

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Our suggestion for a steep climbing route in the capital, and where to get coffee and carbs, afterwards. (Photo: Sané Louw)
Our suggestion for a steep climbing route in the capital, and where to get coffee and carbs, afterwards. (Photo: Sané Louw)

Tom Jenkins drive, one of the steepest climbs in Pretoria, is situated on the back of Meintjieskop, the hill in Pretoria on which the Union Buildings is located. 

All the access roads to the Union Buildings, including the Government avenue switchbacks and Edmund Street, offer cyclists a climbing challenge. But Tom Jenkins towers over the rest while offering magnificent views of the Magaliesburg to the north.

This climb might be relatively short at 900m but with an average gradient of 9% and sections as steep as 14%, it is sure to get the heart rate going and the legs burning. It is here that Daryl Impey attacked to win the 2019 SA road cycling championships.

The summit of the climb is adjacent to, Mahlamba Ndlopfu (previously known as Libertas), the official residence of the President of the Republic of South Africa.

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