Pedal Pushing

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is just around the corner, 9 March to be exact, so we’ve got cycling on the brain. While some of us like to go big and challenge ourselves to races like this magnificent (and tough) one, some of us prefer to keep it casual. Either way, cycling is becoming more and more popular and we’ve been noticing just how many bicycles are popping up around South Africa. If you fancy getting yourself onto a bike, here are some options:

AWOL Tours operates out of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. You can either book a really cool tour and explore parts of Cape Town with an expert or just hire and bike and set sail.

Up Cycles launched in Cape Town with a spot on the promenade in Seapoint, an accessibly location from which to start an easy cycle along the Atlantic Seaboard. It’s proved so popular that they’ve set up two more points, one in the city and one at the V&A Waterfront.

Cycology has just launched electric bikes in South Africa. They are operating from (space) in Joburg and the Mount Nelson in Cape Town and hope to expand in the coming months. Electric bikes are seriously fun to use, almost like being on a scooter so less physical output is needed but if you want to mix it up, you can turn off the power and pedal away. The best of both worlds.

Moonlight Mass is something we’ve written about before here (link), because it’s such a cool initiative. Each month, on the evening of the full moon, an enormous group of cyclists set out to ride a specially mapped route. Joburg?

Durban beachfront is on the up-and-up with all the development that is happening down there. Several kilometers of coastline is lined with a mostly flat promenade that is wide enough to accommodate hundreds of cyclists. Pick up a bike at one of the several spots that now hire out bikes along the way and ride off into the sunset.

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