Garden Route Road Cycling Tour


Garden Route Tour with Road Bike

Join us on our best-selling Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 - Garden Route Cycling Tour! A demanding but rewarding road cycling tour for experienced cyclists, it will take you along the illustrious Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, covering around 100km / 62miles each day.

 

A complete package for international cyclists who want to experience the very best cycling routes that South Africa has to offer, this comprehensive tour includes high-end accommodations with breakfast, a picnic style lunch and 3-course dinner each day, all airport transfers, 7 cycling training tours with professional cycling guide(s) and a support vehicle, luggage transportation, guaranteed entry Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 including the obligatory RaceTec Chip, a custom designed KALAS cycle jersey to wear on race day, and invitations to both our Race Day Briefing and After Race Party

Fully escorted by our very own cycling fanatic Ingo, this tour will start in Port Elizabeth on 26.02.2020.

 

DAY 1: ARRIVE PORT ELIZABETH – TRANSFER TO HOTEL

Upon arrival in Port Elizabeth, please collect your luggage and proceed to the arrivals hall where your driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Summerstrand. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Port Elizabeth

 

DAY 2: FREE DAY PORT ELIZABETH

Today has been set aside for building your bikes, making any necessary repairs, and preparing for your Garden Route Cycling Tour. In the afternoon, we will take a short warm-up ride of around 50km, before regrouping at 18h00 for a tour briefing followed by dinner.

Overnight: Port Elizabeth

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

 

DAY 3: PORT ELIZABETH TO JEFFERY’S BAY: CYCLING DISTANCE APPROXIMATELY 115KM / 71 MILES

After an early breakfast and hotel check-out, we will load our luggage onto the support vehicle before setting off from the hotel. We’ll ride next to the beach and the rocky coastline before heading inland where the terrain will transform from flat roads to rolling hills.  We will continue through small villages and farm land until we reach the small town of Jeffrey’s Bay (a mecca for surfers), where we will settle for the night. 

Overnight: Jeffrey’s Bay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 4: JEFFREY’S BAY TO TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK: CYCLING DISTANCE APPROXIMATELY 110KM / 68 MILES

Today’s cycle ride starts on easy terrain as we head out of town and into the rich green countryside that will lead us to the Tsitsikamma Mountains. From here, our route remains relatively flat, but there are a few climbs to test our legs as we make our way through the lush farmland to Storms River / The Crags where we will spend the night. 

Overnight: Storms River / The Crags

Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 5: STORMS RIVER TO KNYSNA: CYCLING DISTANCE APPROXIMATELY 85KM / 52 MILES

After our morning routine of breakfast, hotel check out, and loading the support vehicle, we will leave the pretty village of Storms River behind as we ride through the Tsitsikamma forest and across the magical Bloukrans Pass before heading to the nature lover’s paradise of Nature’s Valley. After a short climb out of the valley, we will continue along the main road to Knysna for the night.                                       

Overnight: Knysna            

Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 6: TRANSFER TO WILDERNESS: CYCLE TO OUDTSHOORN: CYCLING DISTANCE APPROXIMATELY 75KM / 46 MILES

To cover as much ground as possible today, our day will start with a +/- 1-hour transfer from Knysna Bay to Wilderness, where we will start cycling on the old George to Knysna road that will take us up and over the impressive Outeniqua Pass to the Ostrich Capital of the world – Oudtshoorn. Today is a demanding day with plenty of climbing.

Overnight: Oudtshoorn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 7: OUDTSHOORN TO LADISMITH: CYCLING DISTANCE APPROXIMATELY 100KM / 62 MILES

After breakfast today, we will continue with our ‘mountain stage’ as we cycle from Oudtshoorn to Ladismith via Calitzdorp. In Ladismith, we will load the bikes onto the trailer and transfer approximately 1.5hours to Swellendam, stopping at the famous Ronnie’s Sex Shop on the way.

Overnight: Swellendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 8: SWELLENDAM TO HERMANUS: CYCLING DISTANCE APPROXIMATELY 110KM / 68 MILES

Today our ride will start directly outside the hotel in Swellendam. We will make our way south to Bredasdorp, before continuing to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa. Here, we’ll load our bikes onto the trailer, kick off our cycling shoes, and walk down to the famous landmark, before jumping back on the bus and transferring approximately 1.5hours to our hotel in Hermanus.

Overnight: Hermanus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 9: HERMANUS TO GORDON’S BAY: CYCLING DISTANCE APPROXIMATELY 85KM / 52 MILES

Our final ride before race day, today we will cycle the incredibly scenic route from Hermanus to Gordon’s Bay along what is, undoubtedly, the most beautiful stretch of coastline in Southern Africa.  After cycling some 85km, we will enjoy lunch, before transferring by bus to our final base in Cape Town.

Overnight: Cape Town

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

 

DAY 10: FREE DAY CAPE TOWN

Today you have a full day at leisure to do exactly as you please.

Overnight: Cape Town

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

DAY 11: CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR REGISTRATION & EXPO

After breakfast today, we will head to the Cape Town Cycle Tour Registration and EXPO to collect our race packs. A complimentary one-way transfer is provided at 09h00, the rest of the day is at leisure. At 17h30, please join us for drinks and snacks at our Race Day Briefing.  An informal event where you can meet other Equatours guests, enjoy some complimentary refreshments, and ask any last-minute questions about race day, it will leave you fully prepared for Sunday.       

Overnight: Cape Town

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

DAY 12: CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR 2020

Today is the day you have been waiting for! After an early breakfast (from 05h30), depart the hotel and cycle the +/- 10-minute ride to the start line, where you will join our seeded group. Once you have crossed the finish line and collected your medal, please enjoy the hospitality area before cycling the short ride back to the hotel. At 18h00 we will meet for pre-dinner drinks in the hotel bar before transferring to our after-party location for a night of celebrations.

Overnight: Cape Town

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 13: DEPARTURE

After breakfast today, you will have a few hours to shop for last-minute souvenirs before your driver collects you and returns you to the airport for your return flight home.   

 

Price Per Person Sharing:                             £2295.00 (Double/Twin Occupancy)

Single Occupancy Supplement:                 £400.00 (Happy to share? Let us know)

Flight & Bike Transport Package:              from £550.00 per person (We’re ATOL Protected!)


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