On my recent return to Cape Town from Germany, I decided that it was time for  wheeling around the Cape to keep up with the crazy-for-cycling AWOL Team. As bicycles are  allowed on metro rail (#bikes on board) my friend and I took the train from Cape Town to Simon’s Town to start a scenic cycle to Cape of Good Hope.

On my recent return to Cape Town from Germany, I decided that it was time for  wheeling around the Cape to keep up with the crazy-for-cycling AWOL Team. As bicycles are  allowed on metro rail (#bikes on board) my friend and I took the train from Cape Town to Simon’s Town to start a scenic cycle to Cape of Good Hope.

On my recent return to Cape Town from Germany, I decided that it was time for  wheeling around the Cape to keep up with the crazy-for-cycling AWOL Team. As bicycles are  allowed on metro rail (#bikes on board) my friend and I took the train from Cape Town to Simon’s Town to start a scenic cycle to Cape of Good Hope.

AWOL rental bicycles can now be taken on the train in Cape Town

AWOL rental bicycles can now be taken on the train in Cape Town

The last part of the train ride is lovely, taking you directly along the beaches of False Bay, with nothing between you and the crystal clear water. Some children got quite excited about our bikes on the train and the enthusiasm they showed when they kept ringing the bells let me hope that they become dedicated cyclists one day.

Arriving in Simon’s Town, we first cycled to Jubilee Square to visit Just Nuisance, a big Great Dane enlisted in the Royal Navy’s armed forces and entitled to free train travel, his favourite pastime. During World War II, Just Nuisance became the mascot and morale supporter of the troops serving in the war.Just Nuisance

We cycled further to the Jackass penguins at famous Boulder’s Beach and took a nice walk. Then we hit the road and the fun could begin. The first part was not too strenuous to cycle, but soon the road became steeper and we had to pedal harder. When we cycled up the last (and worst) hill before entering the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, people passing by in tour buses and cars were looking at us sympathetically or even laughing at us, but we decided just to ignore this lazy bunch.AWOL German tour guide Meike cycling in Cape Point

Once we entered the reserve we were very proud that we had made it that far – and underestimated the distance that we still had to cycle to reach the most photographed sign of the world. We were happily laughing and screaming when we suddenly rolled steeply downhill – but reaching the bottom we realised that on our way back we would have to ride this hill up again!

We were greeted with applause and high 5’s by impressed tourists and tour guides when reaching our final goal on our bikes, and we felt so proud! On our way back we only had to ride up this one steep hill with the rest of the way to Simon’s Town going mostly downhill again. Back on the train we felt tired but happy as our effort was compensated by the Cape’s beautiful nature and stunning views, which is best to be explored from a bicycle’s seat.

Cycling in Cape Point

If you feel like doing this beautiful ride as well you can rent a bicycle at our office in the V&A Waterfront Information Centre or book your bike rental online.

Written by Meike Aschenbroich

AWOL rental bicycles can now be taken on the train in Cape Town

AWOL rental bicycles can now be taken on the train in Cape Town

The last part of the train ride is lovely, taking you directly along the beaches of False Bay, with nothing between you and the crystal clear water. Some children got quite excited about our bikes on the train and the enthusiasm they showed when they kept ringing the bells let me hope that they become dedicated cyclists one day.

Arriving in Simon’s Town, we first cycled to Jubilee Square to visit Just Nuisance, a big Great Dane enlisted in the Royal Navy’s armed forces and entitled to free train travel, his favourite pastime. During World War II, Just Nuisance became the mascot and morale supporter of the troops serving in the war.Just Nuisance

We cycled further to the Jackass penguins at famous Boulder’s Beach and took a nice walk. Then we hit the road and the fun could begin. The first part was not too strenuous to cycle, but soon the road became steeper and we had to pedal harder. When we cycled up the last (and worst) hill before entering the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, people passing by in tour buses and cars were looking at us sympathetically or even laughing at us, but we decided just to ignore this lazy bunch.AWOL German tour guide Meike cycling in Cape Point

Once we entered the reserve we were very proud that we had made it that far – and underestimated the distance that we still had to cycle to reach the most photographed sign of the world. We were happily laughing and screaming when we suddenly rolled steeply downhill – but reaching the bottom we realised that on our way back we would have to ride this hill up again!

We were greeted with applause and high 5’s by impressed tourists and tour guides when reaching our final goal on our bikes, and we felt so proud! On our way back we only had to ride up this one steep hill with the rest of the way to Simon’s Town going mostly downhill again. Back on the train we felt tired but happy as our effort was compensated by the Cape’s beautiful nature and stunning views, which is best to be explored from a bicycle’s seat.

Cycling in Cape Point

If you feel like doing this beautiful ride as well you can rent a bicycle at our office in the V&A Waterfront Information Centre or book your bike rental online.

Written by Meike Aschenbroich

AWOL rental bicycles can now be taken on the train in Cape Town

AWOL rental bicycles can now be taken on the train in Cape Town

The last part of the train ride is lovely, taking you directly along the beaches of False Bay, with nothing between you and the crystal clear water. Some children got quite excited about our bikes on the train and the enthusiasm they showed when they kept ringing the bells let me hope that they become dedicated cyclists one day.

Arriving in Simon’s Town, we first cycled to Jubilee Square to visit Just Nuisance, a big Great Dane enlisted in the Royal Navy’s armed forces and entitled to free train travel, his favourite pastime. During World War II, Just Nuisance became the mascot and morale supporter of the troops serving in the war.Just Nuisance

We cycled further to the Jackass penguins at famous Boulder’s Beach and took a nice walk. Then we hit the road and the fun could begin. The first part was not too strenuous to cycle, but soon the road became steeper and we had to pedal harder. When we cycled up the last (and worst) hill before entering the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, people passing by in tour buses and cars were looking at us sympathetically or even laughing at us, but we decided just to ignore this lazy bunch.AWOL German tour guide Meike cycling in Cape Point

Once we entered the reserve we were very proud that we had made it that far – and underestimated the distance that we still had to cycle to reach the most photographed sign of the world. We were happily laughing and screaming when we suddenly rolled steeply downhill – but reaching the bottom we realised that on our way back we would have to ride this hill up again!

We were greeted with applause and high 5’s by impressed tourists and tour guides when reaching our final goal on our bikes, and we felt so proud! On our way back we only had to ride up this one steep hill with the rest of the way to Simon’s Town going mostly downhill again. Back on the train we felt tired but happy as our effort was compensated by the Cape’s beautiful nature and stunning views, which is best to be explored from a bicycle’s seat.

Cycling in Cape Point

If you feel like doing this beautiful ride as well you can rent a bicycle at our office in the V&A Waterfront Information Centre or book your bike rental online.

Written by Meike Aschenbroich