The Western Cape of South Africa is an incredible destination for cycling enthusiasts, with its varied landscapes and routes that cater to all levels of riders. Whether you prefer road cycling, mountain biking, or gravel biking, there are plenty of options for you to explore. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to ride your bicycle in the Western Cape.
Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula
Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula offer a range of cycling routes, from scenic coastal rides to challenging mountain passes. One of the most popular routes is the Cape Peninsula Loop, which takes riders along the stunning coastline from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope. Riders can also tackle the iconic climbs of Chapman’s Peak and Signal Hill. For mountain bikers, there are several trails in the Table Mountain National Park, including the challenging Table Mountain Circuit. The city is well known and accommodation is plentiful with options for all kinds of travellers.
Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands
The Cape Winelands, and in particular the town of Stellenbosch, is a popular destination for road cyclists. The area is renowned for its stunning vineyards and rolling hills, with several challenging climbs such as Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Pass. There are also several gravel biking routes, such as the Bottelary Hills Trail. Accommodation options include several guesthouses and boutique hotels in Stellenbosch, as well as campsites in the surrounding area. For the non-cycling-minded, the area is very well known for wine tasting and vineyard tours.
For mountain bikers looking for a true adventure, the Cederberg Mountains offer a range of trails through rugged terrain and scenic landscapes. The area is also popular for gravel biking, with several remote gravel roads to explore. Accommodation options include camping and chalets in the Algeria Campsite, as well as guesthouses in nearby towns. The Cederberg plays host to the annual ultra-endurance gravel race “The Ceder” which explores some of the major passes on the main Cederberg loop. At 245km long it’s an event for the strong-willed. One other activity to do in the area is hiking in the mountain range, where you can explore stunning rock formations and ancient rock art sites.
The Garden Route is a stunning stretch of coastline that offers a range of cycling routes, from leisurely coastal rides to challenging mountain passes. Most popular up the coast are the towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. Popular routes include the Seven Passes Road, which takes riders through seven mountain passes, and the Outeniqua Pass. Accommodation options include a range of hotels and guesthouses in towns such as Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
The Western Cape of South Africa offers an incredible array of cycling opportunities, from stunning coastal rides to challenging mountain passes. With a range of accommodation options and plenty of other activities to enjoy, it’s no wonder that it has become a top destination for cycling enthusiasts from around the world.
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