Cycling in Cape Town
Cycling in Cape Town
Cape Town is famous as the oldest city of South Africa and the world’s best designed capital city to visit. However, not many people know that Cape Town is a bicycle-friendly city with 450km (280mi) of cycle lanes covering most areas across the city, hundreds of bike stores and tours across the town, and plenty of accommodations and eateries dedicated to people just like you: riding bikes!! The city is also home of many high-profile cycling races and events such as the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Cape Epic.
Cycling around Cape Town is not only a fun and healthy thing to do, but also the best way to get to know this city of multi-culture and natural beauty. Cape Town has many stories to tell and entertain while you’re riding its amazing routes traversing along the ocean, passing beautiful natural scenery, and leading to the unknown places waiting to be unlocked.
Yup, there are countless places to ride your bike. In fact, local authorities and bicycle groups are actively promoting the use of bicycles to decrease traffic congestion and encourage an environment-friendly lifestyle in the city.
If you want to cycle like a local, you may want to try out Up Cycles. They have rental bikes at the Waterfront and Seapoint, and you can ride along the promenade between the two pick-up/drop-off points. Just make sure to ride on the left-hand side of the road, and use hand signals to indicate.
When to go
Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which means that it rains during winter months (June to August), while January and February are mostly dry. During this time, Cape Town is particularly busy, as well as October - November when summer months begin. Unless you love to be stuck in the crowds, we suggest you should avoid these two peak periods.
The best time for bike lovers is probably between March and April when big events are hosted including the Two Oceans Marathon, Easter Weekend, and the two biggest cycling/ biking races the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Cape Epic are held. Of course, this also means the prices of flights and accommodations can be a little more expensive than other times. But the good news is the temperature is ideal to ride around the city.
May and September – October are other options. In May, the weather is cooling down and there are fewer crowds. If you love to see colorful wildflowers, then visit Cape Town between September and October when spring is coming to the town. However, the weather is still cool.
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Events, key attractions and other points of interest
Absa Cape Epic is held every year at the end of March. This one is considered to be one of the toughest races of its kind.
The race lasts for eight days with 700 kilometers of mountain bike trails traveling through the Western Cape. Though the race is classed as hors catégorie by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), both professional and amateur riders can participate in the event.
Since the first race in 2004, over 40 towns have been included in the race. Though the route changes every year, the challenges remain the same, which make the race perfect for both riding and viewing.
Cape Town Cycle Tour: With the 41st running of its world-famous cycling tour as its crescendo, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week is a nine-day celebration of all things cycling, where a world-famous city embraces human power and celebrates the healthy lifestyle and freedom of movement the humble bicycle offers all its inhabitants and visitors.
The Lifecycle Week kicks off with the MTB Challenge, held out in the Cape Winelands on Saturday, and then the Junior cycling event on Sunday. This future-star event is hosted in the Cape Town Stadium Precinct, in the shadow of Table Mountain, which is also the venue for the registration process each entrant must follow to collect their race number for Sunday’s main event, before taking in South Africa’s biggest cycling exhibition, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo. (Source: Cape Town Cycle Tour)