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  1. There are many good spots to start from but perhaps the most central is the little town of Stanford. Roughly two and a half hours drive from Cape Town, Stanford for me is the gateway to the best gravel in the Overberg area. For this short weekender bike packing trip we would ride from Stanford to Cape Agulhas and then back again the next day. After the drive from Cape Town, we parked at the Ou Muel coffee shop (it’s also safe to leave your car here) and after a coffee and croissant, we were on our way. As I said earlier, Stanford is the gateway to the best gravel roads that the Overberg has to offer, so there are really a lot of different routes you can take to get to Agulhas. It all depends on how far you want to ride and where you want to stop for lunch etc. From Stanford, it is a short tar section on the R326 to link up with the gravel road that takes you down to Elim, a tiny little town that was established in 1824 by German missionaries as a Moravian mission station. There isn’t much here by way of restaurants but there are some corner cafes with coke, steri-stumpie, and chips. Elim is just short of halfway but it has the majority of the climbing in the route. After Elim, there is one more long climb that maxes out at 9.2% but after you hit the 52km mark it is pretty much all flat as you make your way to Agulhas. The 105km route might only have 1200m of climbing but you do the majority of it in the first 45km (or the last 45km on your way back the next day). What makes riding in this area tricky is also the wind, as you might know, it can get insanely windy here so depending on the wind direction, chances are pretty good you will have a strong headwind one day and a strong tailwind the next day. The area close to Agulhas is very flat and open so there isn’t much to shelter the road from the wind, which can absolutely hammer you as you fight your way towards the coast. The prevailing wind is a South Easter which should mean you will have a nice tailwind on the way home. Agulhas is a great place to sleep over as there are a plethora of guesthouses and Airbnb’s that you can sleep at. There are also a lot of restaurants and coffee shops so you will have some nice options for lunch and supper. After our long ride in with only a short stop at Elim, the Fish and Chips at Agulhas Seafoods for lunch was probably the best slap tjips I have ever had, but that could have been because I was starving after a long day on the bike. The next morning after a hearty breakfast at Suidpunt Potpourri we set off back to Stanford. Unfortunately, we had a monster North Westerly wind blowing which meant we were in for a long 110km of gale-force headwinds, what do they say though, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger? After a couple of beers the night before, though, I thought it was going to kill me. There are some great gravel races starting up in the area, so if you prefer a race to explore the area the Dirty South Gravel Race and Around The Pot are two great options to explore this area in a race setting. Dirty South is the first three-day gravel race of its kind and Around the Pot is a one-day event that even features a 200 miler. There are many routes you can take in the area so this route is just one option. If you prefer to take a different road back then have a look at route options that will take you through Napier and Bredasdorp. These towns also have great lunch options. Route overview Route GPX: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37627000?privacy_code=V105VvplYi7ogAB2 The GWM P Series Commercial Double Cab The P Series Commercial Double Cab is the lower spec double cab bakkie in the P Series range but it is by no means lacking in features. We had the 4x4 version which activated the 4x4 via an electronic switch by the gear shift. The list of features at this price point is, to put it bluntly, ridiculous. You get so many offerings in this package and non of them have a “cheap Chinese” feel to it. The interior is solid and built really well. The Commercial 4x4 double cab has a 2.0 Turbo diesel engine which produces a serious amount of torque low down in the rev range. I had to pull away from the robots in second gear to stop the wheels from spinning in first. The engine clearly has a serious amount of towing capacity. Out on the highway, it had absolutely no trouble getting up to cruising speed and holding it without having to gear down from 6th gear on the hills. Daytime running lights, reverse camera with rear parking assist, Apple Carplay / Android Auto, cruise control, sunroof, keyless entry, and keyless stop-start are just some of my favourite features that came in the P Series Commercial Double Cab. It’s called the Commercial Double Cab because it is geared to be more of a workhorse than the Passenger Double Cab, but if your budget is tight, there is nothing stopping this bakkie from being a comfortable everyday driver. For more information visit www.gwm.co.za
  2. With international travel not really on the cards for the foreseeable future, you probably aren’t the only one looking out for some local options for a weekend away with the family. Local travel is the perfect way to satisfy that travel craving and let’s be honest, we live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. People travel from all over the world to visit what we have right on our doorstep. View full article
  3. The Western Cape has some pretty epic gravel roads but few compare with the Overberg area. With all the farms in the area, there are hundreds of kilometers of gravel roads meandering through farmlands that are not so far off the beaten track as you might think, with lush canola fields bursting with colour in winter, it is a ride for the senses. This ride route feature is sponsored by GWM We took their P Series Commercial Double Cab bakkie out for the trip, more on the car a little later. View full article
  4. this is a 2016 rocky mountain was recently in for a shock serves and got a new rear tire.
  5. Hey guys just thought I’d start to make a list of every gravity trail I can find in the western cape, for those like me who get bored of riding the same old same old. I’ll try add locations and stuff but feel free to add any and maybe keep secret spots locations on the down low.
  6. One of those areas is the beautiful Overberg, specifically the coastline between Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond. The Kleinmond area needs no introduction, it’s a firm favourite for many a weekend adventure or day trip for a scenic drive along Clarens Drive, but while a busy beach might not be everyone’s cup of ale, there is a small reserve just off the main road between Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond that has some great trail running and MTB routes. While the MTB route is just 11km out and 11km back, it has some great views with just over 400m of climbing. Not much single track though but the jeep track is so technical at times it more than makes up for it. The route starts from the main car park where you can also purchase your day permit. It starts off with a gradual climb up along past the eco-cabins that have been put up recently. Called the Mbali Collection, they are 8 magnificent glass fronted eco-cabins built with as little impact to the reserve as possible. Five of them are 2 sleepers and three are 6 sleepers. The perfect place to relax and explore all that the nature reserve has to offer. Each cabin has its own bedding, crockery and cutlery and is powered by the Eskom grid with backup solar power. A Braai and grid is provided as well. The jeep track, as mentioned, is very rocky and technical so the ride still requires a fair amount of concentration. The road actually goes out all the way to the highlands road that links up to Grabouw but it’s unfortunately not possible to link up to Grabouw any more due to different landownership in the valley. The track follows along the Palmiet River which in summer is an excellent way to cool down as it can get quite warm in the valley. Winter rainfall means the river flows stronger in the colder months, which makes the views out over the valley pretty exceptional. Like I said, it might not have twisty singletrack and steep drop offs but the views more than make up for it. The jeep track route also makes it the perfect place for a novice or beginner cyclist to build up some confidence before tackling something a bit more advanced. There are a few river crossings which need to be navigated on foot but otherwise it is a great place to practise, especially if you have just moved from flat pedals to clipless pedals. We all know how daunting that can be, so having a space free of cars to build confidence clipping in is always a winner. Once you turn around you almost feel like you are in a different valley because you see things from a different perspective. It really makes the ride feel like you are going point to point instead of out and back. Also on the reserve is the Oudebosch Eco Cabins which make you feel about as close to nature as you can get. Just like the Mbali Collection they are glass fronted but they feature five four sleeper cabins with two separate bedrooms and a spacious kitchen, lounge and dining area. The type of place you can arrive on Friday evening with all your supplies and not leave till Sunday evening. A total mountain Emersion experience. Apart from the MTB track there are plenty of hiking trails of various difficulties waiting to be explored. The shortest being just 3km and the longest being 24km. For those who enjoy multi-day hikes, there is a fantastic two day hike called the Highlands Trail which leaves from the Iona wine farm. It’s safe to say that whatever sport or activity you enjoy other than your cycling, the Kogelberg area has access to it all. CapeNature is offering free entry at selected CapeNature reserves during Access Week from 13 - 20 September. For more information call 087 087 8250, email reservation.alert@capenature.co.za or visit https://www.capenature.co.za/events/access-week
  7. If you have been around the Western Cape road riding scene for a while the chances are you have heard about the Four Passes route. Or perhaps you have already ridden it and experienced one of the Cape’s best road bike loops. If not, hopefully this article will give you some good insight into what is one of my favourite routes. View full article
  8. This route feature is made possible by Toyota. We were lucky enough to take their Urban Cruiser 1.5 XR out for the trip, more on the car later. The Route As the name suggests, the route is made up of four passes, namely, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Viljoenspas, Franschhoek Pass, and Helshoogte Pass. Where to start? There are a few options. Most riders start in Somerset West to get an early attack in on Sir Lowry’s Pass. I like to start at Specialized Stellenbosch since they have great coffee and snacks for after the ride. Plus those rollers between Stellenbosch and Somerset West aren’t much fun after 120km. Sir Lowry’s Pass Sir Lowry’s Pass is by far the trickiest of the four climbs because it is not the most cycling-friendly road. Thankfully though it is the first pass so you can up and over pretty early in the morning before the traffic starts. A pre-sunrise climb on quiet roads gives you a chance to appreciate the beauty and difficulty of the climb. I find it the hardest of the four passes, mainly because it is so steep and the road is pretty much straight. At least with Franschhoek Pass, you get some switchbacks and corners to break up the mental fatigue of the climb. The viewpoint at the top of Sir Lowry’s gives you a great perspective of where you have ridden from, it’s definitely worth a stop and a quick photo. The first decent food stop is the petrol station on your left as you turn into Grabouw, they have been known to have a DJ outside with pumping tunes over the weekend so you might enjoy some vibes there before heading off again. It’s worth noting that the village on the left just before Grabouw can feel a bit sketchy, thankfully you are heading downhill and are at a proper speed so just keep your eye out for animals crossing the road. Riding the route the other way around (i.e Helshoogte and Franschhoek Pass first) can feel a lot more unsafe as you are climbing pretty slowly up the hill. I’ve been looking forward to driving the new Toyota on the block for a good while, there is something about the Toyota brand that just gets me excited. After Grabouw there is only one more feed stop before you hit Franschhoek. At the base of Viljoenspas after the climb and descent, there is a spaza shop on the lefthand side of the road. Pretty safe to stop at and enjoy a coke. It can get cold on this route so pack some warm gear if the weather looks suspect. When we climbed out of Grabouw on this ride the Wahoo was reading a temperature of 1 whole degree. Viljoenspas Viljoenspas is pretty stunning, especially in winter when you have snow on the peaks in front of you. With Hans se Kop on your left and the upper Grabouw dam it makes for a great photo or just a quick breather while you enjoy the view. After the descent down the other side of Viljoenspas, the road rolls on through the farmlands which gives you some time to collect yourself for the next pass, Franschhoek Pass. The Theewaterskloof Dam is also a great spot to stop and enjoy an energy bar or gel, the dam is full at the moment with all the rain so if the day is warm enough, a sneaky swim will be well worth the effort. If you have ridden in the area, you will know it can get pretty windy on this side of the mountain. Make sure you have someone with you who makes a nice big slipstream, if it’s a windy day the drag along the dam to the base of the pass can be hell. Franschhoek Pass Franschhoek Pass is pretty exceptional, especially on the Villiersdorp side. I see so many cyclists climbing up the Franschhoek side and then turning around at the View Point. They really are missing out on one of the Cape’s (and possibly South Africa’s) most beautiful and rewarding climbs. If water is running low, don’t worry there are a couple of streams flowing most of the year along the pass. Franschhoek Pass is only 2km shorter than Sir Lowry’s Pass but it does feel longer because of all the switchbacks and corners. Watch out for the Valentino Rossi wannabes who think the pass is their personal race track on the weekends, it is an incredible road to drive as well so unfortunately, it does attract the fast and furious. Best to stick as far left as possible and try not to ride next to each other here. Franschhoek is very well known for its wine and food so it makes for an amazing lunch stop, since most of the climbing is done you might even enjoy some beer or wine with lunch. If you are passing through on a Saturday the Farmers Market is a must. Great food that you won’t have to wait too long for. Toyota has done well to beef it up a little to give it that authentic Toyota offroad styling. It is called the Urban Crusier so don’t expect it to stick with its bigger brother the Land Cruiser. The 1.5 engine though is more than capable in an urban setting and on the open road. As cyclists we need space and the Urban Cruiser delivers on this well. The space inside the car is great, with plenty of room for kit bags and floor pumps. With the seats folded down, it swallows a road bike easily. After Franschhoek it’s basically a hop, skip, and a jump to the finish in Stellenbosch. If you have paced yourself well the drag to Pniel and the climb up Helshoogte should go by quickly unless the South Easter is blowing of course. That can make the road Franschhoek to the left turn at Boschndal very interesting. I don’t know why but Pniel is one of my favourite little towns in the Cape. It just feels like it has so much history and personality. If you have the time it is definitely worth exploring a little bit. If Burgers and Beer is more your thing after a ride, Stellenbosch has plenty of that, another great reason to start and end in Stellies. The extra lift in the suspension and higher body height than that of the Yaris for example gives you a lot of confidence on gravel roads. The ride is very comfortable with little to no body roll in tight corners. It may be called the Urban Cruiser but it will be comfortable in pretty much every terrain, apart from hardcore 4x4 tracks. Route overview The 130km route gives you about 1800m of climbing and the steepest gradient is 7.7% GPX Route Download: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36969110 Ready for your own adventure? For more info on the Toyota Urban Cruiser click here.
  9. Water bottle found at Bloemendal 30th March 2021. PM me with a description and I will arrange to get it back to you.
  10. Found cycling sunglasses early this morning 24 Dec in Fairy Garden section. IM with description if you've lost them.
  11. Good afternoon Hubbers, Any group rides happening between 24/12 and 31/12 in the Edgemead-ish area, WC? Rapha500 is beckoning, and don't really want to do all the mileage solo.
  12. Good morning Hubbers! Heading down to CPT over the festive season, holding all thumbs and toes that provincial government won't impose silly lockdowns. Has anyone done this route before? Looks pretty epic, think I want to give it a try after I stumbled across some Dane posted a video on his YT channel. https://ridewithgps.com/ambassador_routes/1529-cycle-tour-364-route-ride-the-cape-penin
  13. Found a jacket up in Tokai on Tuesday the 1st of September. Contact me with the brand name and size of the jacket and I'll return to you.
  14. Hi all if anyone hears of a Garmin Speed sensor being picked up between Simons Town and Muizenberg please let me know. Mine came off today (28-06-2020). Tia
  15. Found 4 button remote on black leather tag in Bottelary hills trails, on green route short drop before entering Rooikat single track section. Friday 5 June 2020. Welcome to contact me on 0828882738.
  16. Garmin Varia RTL510 light lost yesterday morning shortly before La Paloma and the Village Shopping centre near Big Bay. Traveling from Melkbos toward Big Bay so it is probably lying on or near the bike path. Please share!
  17. With the tragic results of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the globe, all races and events have been cancelled. Team Hartlief Deli p/b Powerbar will introduce an exciting new training and racing format on Zwift where cyclists can all join in from the comfort and safety of their homes... Most importantly this will enable the cycling community to not lose touch and most importantly to continue cycling and exercise, crucial for the psyche in dire times like these.
  18. Anyone loose an orange Speedsleev saddle bag on the KB loop on the morning of 18 March 2020? If so I’ve got it, please contact Mark on 0827008979
  19. Looking for a partner/or group of people to cycle with me from brackenfell to Bothasig after work. Recently moved to Bothasig so id like to start riding from work to home. I'm a beginner still so looking to start off with maybe 1 or 2 days a week. Finish at 5pm Monday to thursday Let me know if anyone else is keen to join.
  20. Hi all, I lost a OneUp pump with integrated multi-tool on Table mountain. Probably above bo-kaap Its black with some green trim at the end. Looks like this: https://bikepacking.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/OneUp-EDC-Pump-Review_19.jpg
  21. Looking for some Cape Riders to make up a group and try out this awesome riding weekend in the Overberg next weekend. Its short notice, but its also only 90 minutes drive from Cape Town, and all the logistics are handled for you. Trying to grow interest in this and get the word out, so the price is still at rock bottom for now. A shuttle from Cape Town can also be arranged if there is enought interest. The Basics: Arrive in Stanford friday afternoon/evening at leisure, earlier is better, but we all know how hectic it can be to get out of the city on a friday. We go out for dinner in town, and then hit the hay for an early start on Saturday. Saturday morning trasnfer throough to just outside of Witsand, and cruise the grave roads towars the Malgas Ferry, adn then on to explore De Hoop area. We go to Arniston for lunch and then transfer back towards Elim. The afternoon you can choose to ride, or just relax in the back up van as we explore more awesome gravel on route back to stanford. Satruday Evening we do an interactive Pizza making dinner at the guesthouse - basically build your own designer pizzas, under supervision from the chef. Sunday we can lie in a little, then go through to Hemel en Aarde to spend the day crushing it on the trails there, before being taken back to the guest house and helped to load up your bikes to head back to Cape Town. Intro Hub price for this weekend will be R2250.00/person and includes 2 nights Dinner/Bed/Breakfast. Full details of what to expect can be found here: http://adventureoverberg.co.za/land-based-activities/overberg-bike-breakaway/
  22. I found some parts for a Syncros axle Saturday afternoon on the Mont Marie trail. Maybe a long shot but it could save the owner a few rand on a new axle.
  23. https://web.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3228890253794695&set=pcb.3073711786012435&type=3&theater
  24. Hi Hubbers! CALLING ALL LADY RIDERS!! My husband recruited me into the wonderful world of mountain biking pretty recently - Although I love hiking, Mountain Biking takes being in nature to a whole new level with a competitive edge. Im a beginner - still waiting to upgrade from my entry level Giant Revel. I would really love to set up a social biking group for women who want to ride together and meet new friends while enjoying the awesome trails in Cape Town and surrounds. Is there anyone out there that would be interested? - no fees, just fun! Guys - Tell your ladies to join the Forum! - its a bit of a sausage fest out here.
  25. Just landed in CT with my mountainbike, staying around Tableview for the next few days. Keen to join in on any rides happening. Would really like to check out some local trails if anyone is happy to let me tag along. Thanks
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