Cape Town’s cycling scene gets more and more exciting by the day, with something to offer every kind of cyclist, from die-hard professionals to first-timers, or active tourists looking to soak in the City on two wheels.
Here are three unique cycling experiences for everyone to enjoy:
1. All the cycling things in one spot!
The Ride In Cafè is a family run cycling oriented cafe in Jonkershoek Valley, just 4kms outside of Stellenbosch. This beautiful cafe is surrounded by lush green gardens and is a short cycle away from the Jonkershoek nature reserve.
Both a café and B&B, the Ride In offers mountain bike rentals, post-ride showering facilities, a bike maintenance shop and a large garden play area with a kids bike track.
They also roast their own coffee and serve a selection of freshly baked cakes as well breakfast, lunch, beer and wine.
Guided tours can be booked on various levels according to your abilities and adventures are led by highly experienced cyclists who know the routes intimately.
The various routes include trails through the nature reserve, around Stellenbosch, and of course, wine tours!
- Bookings: ridein.co.za
- Location: Ride In Café, Arkelshoek Farm, Jonkershoek road, Stellenbosch
2. Never count out Khayelitsha!
Khaltsha Cycles, based in Khayelitsha mall, is another great social cycling club and one-stop bicycle shop that stocks affordable, high quality gear. The team at Khaltsha Cycles aims to promote the culture of cycling in townships.
The Khaltsha Social Cycling Club is free and open to all levels of cyclist, and offers an array of events; training rides, coffee rides and critical mass rides. The club also offers cultural cycle tours where you can experience Khayelitsha’s art, coffee and community.
- Bookings: www.khaltshacycles.co.za
- Location: Village 1 North, Khayelitsha, Cape Town
3. Cycle trough the City!
Perhaps you want to spend the day on two wheels cruising around the Mother City, taking in all the history, culture and art Cape Town has to offer.
Cape Town City Cycling Tours offers a guided half-day tour around the city. You can go as a large group, or choose a private tour if you’re after more personalised experience. Either way, you’ll be treated to a world of knowledge from your expert guide as you cruise around national landmarks and heritage sites.
You’ll visit the vibrant Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, The Castle of Good Hope, Adderley Street and the Company’s Garden. The tour departs from the V&A Waterfront’s Clock Tower and returns to the same point.
- Bookings: www.viator.com
- Location: Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Picture: khaltshacycle / Instagram