21 February 2011 by Roy Barford

Cycling adventures in Cape Town

Image courtesy Damien du Toit

Cape Town is a well-established cycling destination, hosting big international events such as the Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour and the Absa Cape Epic, as well as providing a number of paved and off-road cycle routes.

Mountain bikers are spoilt for choice, with Table Mountain and Signal Hill offering a variety of routes to suite riders of all experience levels. Tokai Forest in the southern suburbs of Cape Town is recognised as a world-class mountain biking destination.

Dedicated cycle paths have been set up around the city in a bid to reduce the number of cars on the roads and provide opportunities for urban adventure. The most recent addition is MyCiTi bike ways, an 8km path from the city centre to Woodbridge Island in Milnerton. This route provides some excellent views of the Cape coastline and saves explorers a lot of time in traffic.

This route provides some excellent views of the Cape coastline and saves explorers a lot of time in traffic.

Bike and Saddle offer cycle tours around South Africa, some of which last as long as 2 weeks. In the Western Cape, they offer tours of Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, the townships, the West Coast, as well as the Garden Route.

If you simply want to hire a bicycle and travel according to your own schedule, Bike and Saddle can arrange this too.

Other operators to consider for bicycle rentals and tours in the Western Cape are Downhill Adventures and AWOL Tours.

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour takes place in Cape Town on March 13, while the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race takes place at various venues in the Western Cape from March 27 until April 3.

These internationally acclaimed events are well worth attending.

Category: Adventure, Routes & Trails

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