Cycling the Cape Peninsula
Home to the worlds largest single day bicycle race, there’s no surprise why some of the best along with the most passionate cyclists flood to the Cape from around the world with bike bag in hand. Simply, traveling to Cape Town without a bike is not an option.
A 106KM ride looping from the CBD bowl to Simon’s Town for breakfast before returning home along Chapman’s Peak is a ride I’ve had mapped out in my head for years and this December was the perfect timing to tick this bucket list ride off the list.
Rolling out from the CBD bowl and catching the morning light cracking on the quite pastel streets through the Bo-Kaap was so worth the early coffee in the dark.
Skidding into the quaint fishing town of Fish Hoek at kilometer 35 made an irresistible stop off for a quick flat white at one of the many street side cafe’s before the real riding started.
Cutting right just before the entrance of Simon’s Town and heading up the M66 is the best two wheeled decision I’ve ever made in my life. The 4.8KM cat 3 switch back climb to the top of Redhill almost seems too perfect to be true. Not a single car in sight and panorama views across Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach, it’s worth every drop of sweat.
True to it’s name, Misty Cliff’s was another jaw dropping moment before tackling the famous cat 4 cliff hanging Chapman’s Peak climb.
One last famous push up Suikerbossie before a white knuckle decent down Twelve Apostles spits you out in Camps Bay as you dodge the crowds before finishing the loop back in the city bowl capped with a moment of reflection at the world famous Origin is the cherry topping moment to the worlds most southerly ride.
Wanna tackle this Cape century for yourself? Then head over to view my full Strava ride here and follow my wheel by downloading the GPX file.