Cross Cape Cycle Route now open

The Western Cape’s Cross Cape cycling route officially opened on 12 May 2017

Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities, announced that the first ride along the 742km route from Plettenberg Bay to Stellenbosch would start on 12 May. Ahead of the ride, MEC Winde will outline the route at an event in Stellenbosch.

MEC Winde, who is leading the inaugural ride, invited residents in each of the participating towns to join the group as they travelled through each leg.

“The inaugural ride officially opens the route and we are very excited about the economic opportunities Cross Cape will unlock in towns along the route.

“Individual riders will be able to complete the route, event organisers can arrange races and local entrepreneurs will package their own offerings around the route. There is no cost to ride the route, and it is open to all throughout the year.”When you embark on the Cross Cape cycle route, you’re opening yourself up to a multitude of invigorating and unique experiences. The smell of fynbos, the feel of cool ocean breezes, the sights of wide open spaces, the sounds of wildlife and the tastes of local culture will move you like no other journey can.

That’s why the Cross Cape cycle route is no ordinary journey. It’s a journey through the senses. Being immersed in your surroundings means you can see, touch, taste, hear and feel all that this captivating landscape has to offer. Our mission is to grow cycle tourism in the Western Cape and with each turn of the pedal, you’ll find yourself closer and closer to the authentic heart of the Cape.

This route is open 24/7/365, free of charge. Simply download the map, pick your pace, plan accordingly, and go for a ride. At 40 to 50 km’s a day, leisurely rides will complete the full route in 15 to 20 days. If you’re fit on the bike, and able to easily do over 100 km’s a day, you could cover the full distance within 7 days. Read more here…