Cape Build Up | ROAD

Jeffreys Bay to Cape Town

24 – 29 January 2019

Cape Build Up Cycle Tour

The aim of the tour is to provide a very comprehensive base training for the Cape Town 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 Cycle Tour. 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

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.

Cape Build Up Cycle Tour
Cape Build Up Cycle Tour

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 provides 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 Outeniqua 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 Outeniqua 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.

Cape Build Up Cycle Tour
Cape Build Up Cycle Tour

Day 5 – Early morning transfer to van Brakelstoor, then cycle via Caledon & Hemel & Aarde Valley to Hermanus – 120 km

After an early breakfast, we transfer approx.. 200km to a drop-off point along the R326 and cycle to van Brakelstoor. We then join the R316 to Caledon and from here we cycle through the beautiful Hemel and Aarde (Heaven & Earth) Valley, where we stop to enjoy lunch at a local farmstall, before cruising on to the coastal town of Hermanus. We spend the night close to the ocean and there are many shops, craft stalls and bars to explore. We enjoy a final celebration dinner together this evening.

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.

*E-Bikes are welcome on all our tours and – bring your own or rent from us. Now anyone who can ride a bike can be included!

Price: R14,000 per person sharing

Single Supplement: R3,950 per person, but is subject to availability

Includes

  • Vehicles for transfers and en route back-up
  • Special bike/luggage trailers
  • Toolkit, 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 and fruit en route daily

Excludes

  • 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, etc.
  • Any personal preferences, e.g. gels, recovery drinks, etc.
  • All items of a personal nature, e.g. telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Massage is additional at R300 per 30 mins and must be pre-booked
  • Airfares
  • Gratuities & porterage
  • Anything not mentioned above

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Cape Build Up | ROAD







PLEASE NOTE

All participants are required to sign a copy of our indemnity form and wear a helmet at all times while cycling.

Deposit – A non-refundable deposit of R1500 is required to confirm the booking. No dates are firmly secured until this deposit has been paid.

Balance Payment – Balance of payment is required no later than 12 weeks (84 days) prior to departure. Late applicants may, however, join the tour subject to availability.

Cancellations – If the cancellation is received up to 84 days or more prior to departure, the appropriate deposit will be forfeited. In the event of cancellation less than 84 days prior to departure, the following charges will apply:

  • 83 – 56 days – 50% of total fare
  • 55 to 28 days – 75% of total fare
  • less than 28 days – 100% of total fare