CAPE BUILD UP (J Bay - CT)
25 – 30 January 2018
The aim of the tour is to provide a very comprehensive base training for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in March. It has been found that 5 days of back-to-back cycling at a medium to easy pace works best – then afterwards to move high intensity training and racing in order to peak for the Argus. Mostly, though, the Build Up is about spending 5 days riding through some of the most scenic parts of the world with a group of like-minded people enjoying the freedom & exhilaration of cycling.
Day 1 Arrive in Port Elizabeth by 15h00 LATEST when we will run one group airport shuttle to Jeffrey’s Bay, where we overnight at the famous Supertubes surf break.
Day 2 - Ride to STORMS RIVER MOUTH – 107km
Leaving the SA surf capital behind, we warm up the legs on an easy initial 10km, and then there is a hilly section after Humansdorp before it flattens out alongside the Langeberg Mountain range. There is a refreshment stop under the trees at 46 km and an optional stop at Oudebosch Farm Stall at 73km, then cycle on through the forest, ending at the cosy Tsitsikamma Village inn, where we enjoy lunch and a therapeutic massage by the pool.
Day 3 - A splendid display of Nature & Passes into Knysna & on to Wilderness – 102/ 156 km.
This is the heart of the world famous, scenic ‘Garden Route’. Bloukrans & Nature’s Valley provide two wonderful challenges with stunning descents and testing climbs. After a refreshment stop at Garden of Eden, our route takes us through to Knysna ( 102 km) and then shuttle or cycle the 54 km on to The Wilderness, where we overnight at our hotel overlooking the lagoon.
Day 4 - Wilderness to Groot Brak, with a detour up & over Outenique Pass – 97 km
We ride out of the hotel directly onto White’s Road for an “Afrix-Roubaix” detour off the busy main drag, which takes us on hard-packed dirt, along quiet, shaded roads and into George. We then ride up & over the spectacular Outenique Pass, both ways, after which we make our way along the R102 to Groot Brak, where we load up and transfer to Garden Route Game Lodge, where we enjoy a late lunch by the pool. You can then just relax or go on an afternoon game drive before a delicious buffet dinner featuring various local game.
Day 5 - Early morning transfer to near Riviersonderend, then cycle via Bredasdorp to Gaansbaai – 120 km
We follow the usual route along rolling hills to Bredasdorp. From here the NEW ROUTE takes us along the finally completed and largely flat tar road via Elim, through the artisan village of Baartskeerdesbos, where we enjoy lunch & on to Gansbaai. From here we shuttle the narrow & busy 40 kms to reach the famous coastal town of Hermanus. There are many shops & restaurants as well as the old harbour to visit.
Day 6 - A SPECTACULAR FINALE ALONG THE COAST – 80 km
We head out to Kleinmond & on around the coastline past Betty’s Bay & Rooi Els to Gordon’s Bay – which must be one the best scenic cycling routes in the world – as it overlooks the massive False Bay across to the Cape Peninsula - & the prospect of a reinvigorating swim at Gordon’s Bay Bikini Beach. Showers and lunch will be available before we transfer back to Cape Town / Airport.
Price: R13, 500.00 PP SHARING
Single Supplement: R3800, 00 (subject to availability)
- Vehicles for transfers & en route back-up
- Special bike/luggage trailers
- Tool kit, foot pump, first aid kit ( in vehicle)
- Accommodation for 5 nights
- All meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 6
- Energy drinks, coke, water, energy bars & fruit en route daily
- All other drinks, including fancy coffees and all alcoholic beverages
- Road bike rental (bring your own bike or we can arrange rental)
- Spare parts – bring your own tubes, tyres, repair kits, spokes, super links, etc.
- Any personal preferences, e.g. gels, recovery drinks, other energy drinks, etc.
- All items of a personal nature, e.g. telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Massage is additional @ R300 per ½ hr and must be pre-booked
- Gratuities & porterage
- Anything not mentioned above
All participants are required to sign a copy of our indemnity form and wear a helmet at all times while cycling.