Cycling has long become an integral part of tourism in South Africa. Especially the Western Cape with its many events attracts thousands of international visitors every year. Let’s have a look at what makes cycling here so special.
Events like the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the Cape Epic, Wines2Whales and the Coronation Double Century (just to name a few) are well established events on the cycling calendar for professional and amateur rider. But also for the leisurely cyclist the Cape has a lot to offer and visitors who do not want to participate in an event can enjoy the routes at their own pace.
Cyclists from South Africa and oversees flock to the Western Cape to enjoy more than 2,000 km of tar roads, jeep tracks, single tracks and forest and mountain trails. There are plans to create a cycling route along the Garden Route from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town and the first section of this route has just been launched.
A lot of development is also happening in Cape Town: Thanks to the hard work of the Pedal Power Association and the initiative of Table Mountain Bikers the mountain bike trail network is continuously being extended and Cape Town is on its way to become a Mountain Biking Mecca. With a bit of luck there might be a mountain biking trail around the whole Cape Peninsula in a few years time; the perfect off-road alternative to the very popular roadie-route of the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
What makes the Western Cape so special is its infinite beauty which is of course best taken in on a bicycle. Majestic mountains and mountain passes, the unspoiled vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, sandy beaches and oceans, a unique geology and vineyards with quaint Cape Dutch architecture make for a great scenic cycling experience. The climate is mostly favourable too…except on days when rain is pouring down in winter or the South Easter is hauling in summer.
Many international athletes from the Northern hemisphere spend their winter months training in the South African summer to make use of awesome cycling routes and a pleasant climate.
Visitors who want to experience the Western Cape by bike, be it on a day trip or a multi-day adventure ride, can contact AWOL Tours and we will work out a route that creates an unforgettable experience in our beautiful province.
by Meike Aschenbroich