South Africa's cycling routes must rank among the most interesting, scenic and varied in the world. Whether you're looking for route that will exploit your technical abilities, or whether you're simply wanting a ride over a mountain pass or through a national park, South Africa has something to offer.

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There are over 130 000 recreational and competitive cyclists in South Africa.

South Africa's cycling routes are among the most varied and versatile in the world.

Firstly, you're talking about a country that offers up a wide range of geography - from mountains and deserts to African bush trails and coastal roads, the choices are great. So are the spaces in between destinations, which makes them perfect to be visited on two wheels.

Secondly, you're coming to a country where the locals love their bicycles. Whether they're up there in the ultra-marathon heights or simply casual riders, you're going to find the cycling niche you're looking for.

Thirdly, there's an incredible cycling infrastructure available to you here in South Africa, via the various clubs and organisations that are quite easy to source.

Cycling routes in South Africa are part of any major tour operator's offerings. All you need to do is check out your options, state your preferences and climb on your bike.

If it's cross-country through winelands and national parks, or pure mountain riding, or roughing it on rocky terrain or flailing through muddy tracks, or even a daunting night ride, there's a custom bike tour to match your needs.

The most prominent cycling routes come, obviously, with the major races such as the Cape Argus Cycling Tour in Cape Town, the Pick ‘n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge around Johannesburg and the daunting Cape Epic down in the Western Cape province.

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