Where to ride when you decide to come to Cape Town for a cycling trip...
It’s actually quite easy to find your way around the popular roadie routes in Cape Town. You simply ride around the mountain (the famed Table Mountain that overlooks the city). Why am I writing this piece then? Well…to convince you to get your bum and your bike here, of course!
I’m not going to lie…the city is majestically beautiful. Its sunsets and the Atlantic Ocean (yes, we actually swim in these icy waters), the people and their undeniably addictive culture, superb coffee, and continuous coastal roads brimming with captivating climbs and thrilling descents make for the perfect cycling holiday.
The key is to hit the road early. In summer, the wind picks up at around 11 am and I promise you, you don’t want to be caught on the cliffs of Chapman’s Peak when the infamous Southeaster is blowing. If you start in Sea Point, you basically just follow the coastal road past Camps By, over Suikerbossie, passing Llundudno Beach, through Hout Bay and up Chapman’s Peak.
Cape Town is not only known for Table Mountain, you know. Cape Town coffee culture has been booming for a couple of years now. Bootlegger Coffee Company is a well-known franchise that has strategically positioned themselves along the most spectacular cycling routes of the Mother City.
Boot-to-Boot is another popular ride that takes you from the Bootleggers in Sea Point’s Regent Road to the Bootleggers in Kalk Bay. If you’re feeling strong you can drop down into Noordhoek from Chapman’s Peak. Ride through the seaside suburb - perhaps you’d need another coffee Noordhoek’s ‘The Village Roast’ (world class coffee and croissants). Find your way to Kalk Bay through the residential valley and you’ll spot the coffee hub’s logo overlooking False Bay.
Another one of my favorite rides is to the market hopping on a Saturday. Pedal through the city all the way to Woodstock. One of Cape Town’s most popular markets is called The Old Biscuit Mill. Get there early to beat the crowds and to get the freshest pastries.
On your way back, ride through the leafy Company Gardens, followed by the touristy V&A Waterfront to visit the Oranjezicht City Farm Organic Market. Known for its fresh produce, this is the place to stick an apple in that back pocket while sipping some fresh coconut water…out of a coconut. This market edges on the harbor wall allowing the sea breeze to cool you down.
There’s so much more to Cape Town than the above. All you need to do is get here - don’t forget your bike - and the roads will guide you. If all else fails, just drop me a DM. Now, start planning your trip.
Bootleggers Coffee in Cape Town
Oranjezicht City Farm
The Old Biscuit Mill District
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Boot to Boot Ride: 86km
Market Hopping Ride: 34Km
Eeden La Grange is roadie ambassador at Femme Velo. Writer of words. Speaker of Afrikaans & French. Adventure seeker. By day, she is the Deputy Editor and Copywriter of an advertising and design agency in Bree Street, Cape Town. She bought her first proper road bike in 2014 and has been passionate about the sport ever since. You can connect with Eeden on Instagram @eedenlg, on her blog at beingcycliste.tumblr.com and on STRAVA :
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