A ride through the Western Cape is a cycling journey like no other, covering some of the most diverse flora and fauna on the planet – abundant with tarmac roads, gravel roads, single tracks, switchbacks and jeep tracks to suit everyone from the leisure cyclist to the technical rider. There’s never been more of an excuse to swap the car for your own bicycle.
The Cape Cycle Routes have been designed to put the Western Cape on the map, not just as a premier tourist destination, but as Africa’s top cycling destination.
The routes are designed to showcase small towns and attractions across the province.
Cape Cycle Routes include: The Cross Cape between Stellenbosch and Plettenberg Bay, the Cycle Tour 364 which uses much of the same route as the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the Overberg Meander and the Cederberg Circuit.
The Cederberg Circuit takes you on a 247km journey through winding historical mountain passes, past crystal clear rivers and unique nature reserves. This circular route starts and ends in the citrus haven of Citrusdal.
The ride begins with a gentle cycle along the eastern bank of the Olifants River, which is flanked by orchards. Just 20km out, you pass by the oldest orange tree in the southern hemisphere (planted in 1777). A sharp right turn takes you into the heart of the Cederberg mountainscape, famous for its other-worldly rock formations and fynbos floral kingdom. Soon, you’ll reach the hiking and rock climbing mecca of the area, Algeria. From here, the route kicks up as you ascend the Uitkyk Pass, the summit of which provides spectacular views down the valley.
After the pass, you head down the next valley, past a few settlements and a wine farm – definitely worth a stop! After Kromrivier, there are some rock art paintings off to the right of Truijieskraal. From Mount Ceder olive farm to Op Die Berg on the banks of the Grootrivier, the route winds along the base of the Sneeuberg mountain range.
The views across to Middelberg Peak, Meulenskop and the Elandkloof valley are something to behold. Take care down the fast-paced tarred road pass, which is a screamer all the way into Citrusdal and the finish point. Cyclists can make use of the bike-friendly accommodation along the Cape Cycle Route network.
For more information and maps visit www.capecycleroutes.co.za