Whilst viewers will get used to lycra covered limbs ascending through mountain passes and careering past flat meadows in the weeks to come, travellers needn’t forget that cycling can be enjoyed in the recreational; not just the sporting sense as well.
No much more so than in Cape Town. South Africa’s Western Cape already boasts the Cape Argus Cycle Tour which is officially the largest individually timed race on the planet but what about low intensity routes that can be enjoyed on personalised South Africa holidays? Well, here are five.
Castle of Good Hope to Sea Point
Starting your journey at Cape Town’s famous star fort, which was constructed as a replenishment facility for the Dutch East India Company, this route will traverse the heart of the city via Strand Street.
Passing by Cape Town’s central train station on the way, this route is a balanced mix of the high rise buildings of the city’s CBD while after passing the M62, skirting around the high ground of Signal Hill.
Bantry Bay to Clifton
For cycling buffs craving lush sea views along the way this route will appeal.
Start peddling from the headland belonging to Bantry Bay before negotiating the Victoria Road which fringes Cape Town’s world famous Clifton Beaches.
You’ll be able to feel the cool winds off the Atlantic as you pedal on by while resisting the temptation to laze on one of the Clifton Beaches, of which there are four.
Tamboerskloof to Bo-Kaap
Residing on the slopes of Cape Town’s Lion’s Head peak, Tamboerskloof offers cyclists generous high views down into the city’s central portions.
Take the key M62 thoroughfare down to Bo-Kaap, turning left onto Wale Street where Cape Town’s famous vibrantly coloured houses are located.
Green Point – Mouille Point circuit
This one’s for football fans out there! Cape Town’s massive 55,000 seater Green Point World Cup Stadium is located on this iconic headland and can be encircled via a ride along Beach Road, Helen Suzman Boulevard and Granger Bay Boulevard.
Three Anchor Bay to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Follow the Atlantic coast by beginning your journey in the suburb of Three Anchor Bay before heading for the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – Cape Town’s favourite tourist destination.
The precinct comprises shops, restaurants and spectacular surround views of Table Mountain and Table Bay Harbour.