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Cape Winelands Cycle Tour

Highlights

  • Historic Old Town of Stellenbosch
  • Helshoogte Pass both ways
  • Boschendal Cape Dutch Wine Estate
  • Old town of Franschhoek
£218 For 1 person and £28pp thereafter
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What you'll do

Cycle around the spectacular Winelands of Stellenbosch and surrounding areas and experience the magnificent countryside

Collecting you from your accommodation in Cape Town and surrounds, you have various route choices ranging from 80 km/50 miles to the more challenging 125 km/80 mile loop.

We are initially transported to the outskirts of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in SA, for the start and then cycle for 10km to warm up the legs before tackling some of the undulating climbs to Stellenbosch and beyond.

Then over the Helshoogte Pass (literally Hell’s Heights, the name is much worse than the 242m gain over 5 km) and on to the final flat part to Franschhoek (final 18 km) for lunch. For those feeling really energetic, there is the option of climbing Franschhoek pass to the top (468m height gain over 5km) to the viewpoint for some awesome views. Additional 20km is available to the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated if time permits on the return leg before being transported back to Cape Town to finish.

There are many opportunities for coffee/cake or lunch (I know all the best ones) along with the most advantageous photo stops as we ride together. This way we have the time to explore the routes around the historic vineyards and so much more WITHOUT racing it and missing all there is to see and experience.

What's included

Included

  • Transfers to/from the start from your Hotel
  • ROAD bike fitted with flat pedals and helmet hire
  • Accompanying cycling tour guide for the day
  • Water and water bottles, spare tubes, sunscreen etc
Your local host

Mark Lawson

Being a keen sportsman from my school days, I’ve always enjoyed the competitive side of running and then latterly cycling, whilst still trying to climb the corporate ladder in a full time career back in the UK. Having realised my true passion and calling was combining this with my love of history, something of which I studied at College, it seemed a natural progression to become a qualified cycling tour guide.

Having spent many happy holidays in Cape Town, we(my wife and I) decided to follow our hearts and move to the stunning Cape and set up our cycling tour business here, something that was sadly lacking on our visits. Being a very experienced and passionate cyclist I believe cycling is the only way to see and experience how m... Read All

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Location

Your host provides hotel pick up in either the Cape Town area or the Wine Lands (Stellenbosch and Franschhoek) to make things convenient for you. You’ll be contacted after booking to arrange this.

What our travellers are saying...

It doesn't get any better than cycling the Cape with Mark Lawson. He is knowledgable, engaging, and above all an excellent guide. He looked after every detail, selected great places to stay, eat and ride. With his associate Brian driving the van which accompanied us throughout the trip, I can't say enough good things about the whole experience. Choose Mark's Cycling and you won't be disappointed

r0n1950

Great ride out Had a great ride to the Cape with Mark. He's engaging, well versed in what's going on, and prepared to slow down for you on hills... Thoroughly enjoyable ride and Chappies felt like a true privilege to ride. Mark made sure we covered all I wanted to see and do and provided me with a bike for further solo efforts in the week. A great service.

Dawson H

Mark led a great trip-Well supported and laid out!he is an enthusiastic fan of SA (and SA wines) and showed us cultural and political highlights wherever we rode. Appreciated him bringing experienced bike mechanic and the excellent accommodation he reserved for us! We would travel anywhere with Mark. Good Show

Martha J

Mark is an awesome and strong rider-the route changed due to weather and wind but the riding was the incredible-beautiful route and excellent experience-LOVED it-Thanks for an awesome day

Jonathan A

From the moment I enquired about a solo trip around the Cape, Mark and his team were knowledgeable and helpful, even passing each other out cycling. Amazing Trip. Would totally recommend as the bikes and equipment are very safe!-Happy Travels

Lindsey D

FAQs

What is provided and what do I need to bring?

- We have SPD/SPD SL and LOOK Keo pedals available for the bikes if you wish or bring your own and we will fit these to your bike.
- Your own shoes are required to participate.
- We provide very BASIC helmets so for maximum comfort best to bring your own if possible.
- PADDED CYCLING SHORTS are required for this tour otherwise you will get sore in very delicate places!
- We provide water bottles with chilled water at the start of the ride and bring spare tubes/lever/pump and a multi-tool en-route.
- We set up the bikes and adjust as necessary before we depart the vehicle.
- Transfers to/from your Hotel to the start are also included if within the local area.
- Please provide your address to confirm after booking.
- Lunch/coffee/snacks and entry fees are for your own account.

Indemnity forms will need to be signed before departure.

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