South Africa

Road bike training camp in South Africa

Summer is calling! Nothing beats a road bike ride in perfect conditions in magnificent Cape wine region! This program is ideal for friends, families and clubs who would like to travel when they desire. – Individual and group travel

The first 3 days can be enjoyed in the wine lands, 200 km away from the Metropolis Cape Town. On the safe, quiet roads we pass many beautiful and inviting wineries. The route ranges from flat to slightly hilly and is framed by the up to 1800m high Langeberg Mountains. 2 days are set aside to ride 6 different mountain passes around the Stellenbosch region. Finally, we cycle along the most beautiful coastal roads in the country along False Bay and the Cape of Good Hope, where the well-known annual Cape Town Cycle Tour Bike Race takes place each March.

Guests who travel between 6.3.-13.3.2017 can take part in the amazing Cape Town Cycle Tour which is happening on 12.3.. We can assit with the registraion. Registration fee US$ 85.00.

Itinerary:

Group 1: 60-86 Km per day, Group 2: 85-135 km or more per day

km = kilometer, hg = height gain in meters

Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town

After landing you are welcomed by your tour guide. Transfer on the N1 through Paarl, Worcester and Robertson to Montagu. Travel time approx. 2,5 hrs. Stay for 3 nights in the beautiful Montagu Country Hotel: Room allocation and coffee. Here you will be briefed about the next couple of days. If you feel like and time permits, head out into Breede valley. Evening meal at the hotel. (D) Montagu Country Hotel 4*

Day 2 Cycle Ashton – Bonnivale

After breakfast the two groups go their separate ways.
Group 1: Cycle through Kogmanskloof to Ashton and further onto Robertson. Small tour of the town and a stop at the Dutch reform church as well as the Wine Co-operative. Cycle back to Montagu along the Breede River, past several wineries, where we can stop and taste the wines. Group 2: Cycle through Kogmanskloof to Ashton. On undulating roads we continue on to Drew and pass many farms along the way. Cycle along the Breede River through Bonnivale, which is well-known for its cheese, to the Weltevrede Wine farm (arrival around midday and wine tasting), finally cycle back to Montagu. (B,D)
Group 1: 60 km., hg +210m. Group 2: 85 km, hg +420m

Day 3 Cycle Ashton – Breede Valley – Robertson – McGregor

After breakfast we cycle towards Robertson together: Group 1: Cycle through Ashton and past wine farms on the way to Robertson. Continue through the savannah of the Little Karoo to McGregor. Here we have lunch. Cycle back to Robertson and do a wine tasting. Transfer to Montagu. Group 2: same as group 1. Cycle from Robertson back to Montagu. (B,D)
Group 1: 72 km, hg +250m, Group 2: 99 km, hg +335m

Day 4 Cycle Barrydale – Tradouw Gorge – Swellendam

After breakfast together the two groups go their separate ways.
Group 1: Bus journey to the Op-de-Tradouw Pass. Start of the bike tour along the Langeberg Mountains to Barrydale. Cycle through the beautiful Tradouw Gorge with its variety of endemic protea and erica type plants to the mission village of Suurbraak. Continue past lush pasture land to Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa. Have lunch under the old oak trees in a garden restaurant. Tour through Drostdy estate. Group 2: Cycle along the Langeberg Mountains past fruit and wine farms to the 2900ft. high Op-de-Tradouw Pass. From here, same as group 1. Transfer by bus to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town of South Africa and beautifully situated in the Cape wine lands. Stay for two nights in the comfortable rooms of a hotel 4* in the centre of town. There are ample of restaurants in walking distance. (B)
Group 1: 67 km, hg +360m, Group 2: 107 km, hg +895m
Stellenbosch Hotel 4*

Day 5 Cycle Four passes road

Today´s circular road provides you with great vistas of the mountain scenery of the wine lands. Group 1: Bus transfer to Grabouw in the Overberg region. After off-loading ride on a quite country road up Viljoens pass (524m) towards Theewaterskloof Dam, the largest dam in the Western Cape and important water source for the people of Cape Town. After crossing the dam we turn left and climb up a lovely gorge to the top of Franschhoek pass (733m). Magnificent views are the reward for the work done. Have a coffee break in one of the side cafes of Franschhoek before riding on the flat valley floor to Pniel. On a gentle sloped climb up to Helshoogte pass (378m) then down back into Stellenbosch. Group 2: Up to Grabouw head wind might be a tough challenge. Ride to Somerset West and up Sir Lowry`s pass (460m). This is great farming country and you pass many wine and apple orchards. At Grabouw join route of group 1.
Group 1: 86 km, hg +950m, Group 2: 127 km, hg +1540m

Day 6 Cycle along the Atlantic Ocean

Transfer from Stellenbosch via Sir Lowry´s Pass to Botrivier. Group 1: Cycle along the Kogelberg Mountains to Kleinmond. Carry on via Betty´s Bay and Rooi Els and then close to the waters edge to Gordon´s Bay. Group 2: Instead of Botrivier the Group starts at the Walker Bay in Hermanus. A one hour shuttle takes us from Gordon´s Bay into the heart of Cape Town to our centrally situated Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel 4* opposite the Parliament Garden. Stay for 2 nights. (B)
Group 1: 60 km, hg +610m, Group 2: 83 km, hg +790m

Day 7 Cycle the Cape of Good Hope

After breakfast transfer to Muizenberg. Group 1: Transfer to the Cape of Good Hope. One hour hike on Cape Point. Cycle tour through the National Park. You can see ostrich, mountain zebra, eland and bontebok. Continue through Scarborough and Kommetje to Nordhoek. This is where the Chapmans Peak Drive begins, which is truly the most spectacular coastal area in the country. Continue over Hout Bay to Camps Bay. Have a sundowner in a nice bar on the coast. Group 2: Bike tour from Muizenberg along the eastern side of the Peninsula to Simonstown where we have possible sightings of baboons along the way to the Cape of Good Hope. After stopping for a photo opportunity we continue on to Cape Point. Eat lunch in a magnificently located restaurant. Group 1 itinerary then applies. We suggest an evening meal in the Africa Cafe‘. They serve tasty specialties from different African countries.
Group 1: 70 km, hg +690m, Group 2: 105 km, 980m

Day 8 Table Mountain and Return journey

After breakfast, and depending on the weather, we cycle on the 1087m high Table Mountain (not included). Fantastic views of the city and mountain top 150 km away. Following this, do a tour of town on foot and visit the Waterfront. After a last shopping trip, depending on departure times, transfer to Cape Town Airport and return flight.

Accommodation subject to availability

We offer full carbon road bikes with Shimano 105 in various sizes for hire.

We offer the following extension packages from one participant upwards:

Extension Cape Town–recommended accommodation 2016 & 2017

Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls 2016 & 2017

Extension Kruger National Park 2016 & 2017

Services

Included in price:

• English speaking tour guide, from 8 guests upwards on bike
• 7 nights in hotels 4*
• 7x breakfast, 3x dinner
• Constant vehicle backup as well as transport of bikes
• Water, bananas, isotonic drinking powder
• All entrance fees for sightseeing programs unless stated otherwise

Not included:

• Flights to and from South Africa
• Tips
• Other meals
• Road bike for hire

Hints

Training camp specific information:

Montagu is situated some 125 miles away from Cape Town in the country side. Surrounded by steep mountains made of sandstone – the Langeberg – valley floors are covered with fruit and wine orchards. The village has aprox. 3000 inhabitants and due to its proximity to Cape Town is quite popular among Capetonians. Besides road biking mtb riding, hiking, golf, good dining, wine tasting canoe paddling, safari in nearby Aquila Game Reserve and visiting the local hot springs are popular.
The climate is warm to hot. The chance of rain is close to zero. It is summer time in South Africa. Mornings are general cool and pleasant. Between 11.00 and 15.00 it is hot. During the afternoon the south easterly wind picks up on speed and cools things down a bit while humidity is low. The daily temperature varies between 77 and 95 degrees F, at night around 70 degree F. Sunrise is around 06.00 and sunset around 20.00. Worcester Medi Clinic is the closest hospital with western standard 53 miles away or 1 hour.

Vaccination:

The standard of living in the Western Cape is the highest in Africa, e.g. safe drinking water from the tap, no bilharzias, malaria or yellow fever.

If you want to extend the vacation towards Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park, a malaria prophylactic is recommended. Malerone is well absorbed without heavy side effects.

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Categorization
Level of fitness  
Grading of accommodation  

Group size

8 - 15 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: RRT
28.01.18 - 03.02.18 USD 1095 book
04.02.18 - 10.02.18 USD 1095 book
18.02.18 - 24.02.18 USD 1095 book
06.03.18 - 12.03.18 USD 1095 book
18.03.18 - 24.03.18 USD 1095 book

Discount

  • 5% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests
Extra services
Single room surcharge USD 120
2-3 participants USD 1650
4-5 participants USD 1550
South African Airways (SAA) offers free transport of your bike up to 20 kg on request
Entrance fee for the Cape Town Cycle Tour USD 85
6-7 participants USD 1290
Road Bike Hire Carbon Shimano 105 group USD 180

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