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SSouth 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.
For self-cycle options, the Cross Cape Route stretches from Plettenberg Bay to Stellenbosch and offers numerous stopovers in small towns along the Garden Route, Klein Karoo and Cape Winelands.
The most prominent cycling routes come, obviously, with the major races such as the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the daunting Cape Epic down in the Western Cape, and the 947 Cycle Challenge around Johannesburg