Cycle the Garden Route: Guaranteed Departure December 2019

Forget spring, summer has already arrived in many parts of Europe, and with wall-to-wall sunshine, warm temperatures, and a full cycling season ahead of us, now is the perfect time to unhook the Zwift and get out there on the open roads!

Garden Route Cycling Holidays December

There are some spectacular European cycling sportives coming up in the summer months, with the Mallorca 312 in May, the Stelvio Santini in June, the Maratona dles Dolomites in July, and the mighty Öztaler Radmarathon in September, but by October, things start to calm down, and that leaves many cyclists looking further afield.

Winter cycling holidays are widely available for international riders who refuse to pack away their wheels until the first frost appears, and while most of them involve a long-haul flight, it’s a small price to pay for an extension on your 2019 cycling season.

You could take a Road Cycling Holiday in Patagonia or Cycling Adventure in Africa’s Mountain Kingdom Lesotho, but if your idea of the perfect winter cycling trip includes spectacular scenery, fabulous boutique hotels, delicious dining options, and around 100km in the saddle each day, Cycling the Garden Route in South Africa should be your number #1 choice.

Cycle Garden Route South Africa

Garden Route Cycling Holidays have grown in popularity in recent years, but there are many different variations of the route. While the original route stretches some 750km from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (or vice-versa), many tours divert to Oudtshoorn to add a ‘mountain stage’ or two, while others skip Port Elizabeth and Plettenberg Bay altogether and start riding in Wilderness.

If you are going to cycle South Africa’s Garden Route, you might as well do the Full-Monty and cycle the route in its entirety from PE to Cape Town. Your journey will take approximately 7 days and stop at highlights such as Jeffrey’s Bay, Storms River, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Swellendam, and Hermanus before you finally arrive in the Mother City of Cape Town.

If this sounds like your perfect winter trip, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a guaranteed Garden Route Cycling departure starting in Port Elizabeth on 6th December 2019! Check out the video below for inspiration and book your place today…!

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Cycling South Africa’s Garden Route: A Typical Day on the Road

If you are thinking about cycling South Africa’s Garden Route, either on a winter sun holiday, or in the run up to the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour 2018, you’ve probably got a great deal of questions about the route, the itinerary, and the average number of kilometres you are expected to cycle each day.

Pre Argus Training Camp

A demanding road cycling tour that should only be tackled by experienced cyclists, the Garden Route covers some 750km from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, and you’ll be covering that in just 7-days, so you are looking at cycling around 100km every day.

Unless you book a private tour, you will be cycling the Garden Route with a mixed group, and while the guides do everything they can to balance the group, it is inevitable that some cyclists will be stronger than others, and there is every likelihood that your group will split into two.  Anyone attempting this South African cycle tour should be able to maintain an average speed of 25km per hour across undulating terrain, and be prepared for temperatures up to 40°C, especially during pre-Argus week!

Here’s what a typical day looks like cycling the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town:

06:00am Wake-up call / shower / dress / pack as much as possible in your bag

07:00am Breakfast

07:45am Brush teeth / pack toiletries in your bag / load luggage onto the trailer

08:00am Start cycling / or if transferring by bus to the starting point / depart hotel

10:00am Snack break / refill water bottles

12:30pm Picnic Lunch Break / refill water bottles

1:00pm   Resume cycling

2:30pm   Snack break / refill water bottles

4:00pm   Arrive at hotel

7:00pm   Group Dinner

We’ve allowed a generous timetable, depending on the terrain and temperatures, you may skip the afternoon snack break and head straight to the hotel, arriving any time after 2pm.

Cycling the Garden Route is a once in a lifetime experience, but don’t be surprised if you want to do it again and again!