A town with an ocean view

Overview

If you are a fan of Ghibli Studio, you probably see the name of this ride sounds familiar. That’s right, it is the name of the famous theme song of “Kiki’s Delivery”. If you don’t have any clue about this, you can easily find the song (and also the anime) on the internet.

By guessing from the name, we bet you’ve already figured out where you are going to ride.

To the west of Cape Town, there’s a wonderful track running along the beautiful Atlantic Coastline with breathtaking vistas of the ocean and mountain. This one is one of the most scenic road rides of the town, and also a popular route among the locals and tourists alike. If you’ve listened to “A town with an ocean view” (even better, watched the movie), you’ll see this ride is what the song is trying to describe.

The route can be cycled in either direction. It follows the Atlantic Seaboard from Cape Town’s CBD via Sea Point and Camps Bay to Hout Bay. You can opt to cycle the magnificent Chapmans Peak on this ride, and then head down into Noordhoek where you will find plenty of restaurants with delicious and fresh food and coffee for you to refuel.

Terrain

The terrain is pretty challenging. The route travels on winding roads along the coastline. There are many climbs. Some of them are big and challenging. Others are smaller and easy to ride. Overall, you will need good physical strength to complete this ride.

Access

The ride starts in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD where it picks up Bree Streets green cycle lane. About midway down, the Bree Street cycle lane intersects with the Waterkant Street bike friendly precinct.

Here you’ll find many bike-friendly businesses including cafes and bike rental services, which makes this area is a perfect place to meet your fellows before starting your ride. From here, you’ll follow the paved cycle way heading along Waterkant Street, and then cross over Buitengracht Street via a dedicated bicycle crossing.

Food and drink

Camps Bay and Hout Bay offer many great bike-friendly cafes which are worth to pay a visit. For lunch break, stop at Noordhoek Farm Village for a delicious meal at the Village Roast or Café Roux.

More details

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Some information on this page is sourced from:

https://bicyclesouth.co.za/2015/10/riding-atlantic-seaboard/

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64.564 km / 40.118 mi

Total Distance

1,525 m / 5,004 ft

Total Ascent

1,525 m / 5,002 ft

Total Descent

200 m / 655 ft

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Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1/2 day
Fitness Level: Medium
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Good
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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