Garden Route Cycling: New Back To Back Tours for Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020

While entries for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 are not due to open until next month, many international cyclists are already busy planning their trip to the Mother City to take part in this world-famous cycling tour.

Cycling South Africa

South Africa is a long way to go, especially if you are travelling from Australia, the United States, Europe, or South America, and so it makes perfect sense to extend your stay with a cycling holiday along the Garden Route, but these tours sell out fast, and you need to book early if you are to secure your space.

Cycling the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (or vice-versa), is a demanding road cycling tour for experienced cyclists who are happy to cycle around 100km every day. The scenery in this part of the world is spectacular, as are the cycle-friendly accommodations, and if you love the idea of spending a week with a small group of likeminded individuals, this could be the perfect cycling holiday for you.

Here’s a sample itinerary of Back-to-Back Garden Route Tours organized around the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020. Please note, some bus transfers are included in certain areas to limit the number of kilometres cycled.

PRE CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR 2020 GARDEN ROUTE CYCLING TOUR

– 26.02.2020 – Arrive Port Elizabeth
– 27.02.2020 – 50km Warm Up Ride
– 28.02.2020 – Cycle Port Elizabeth to Jeffrey’s Bay 115km / 71miles
– 29.02.2020 – Cycle Jeffrey’s Bay to The Crags 110km / 68miles
– 01.03.2020 – Cycle The Crags to Brenton-on-Sea 85km/52miles
– 02.03.2020 – Cycle Brenton-on-Sea to Oudtshoorn 75km / 46miles
– 03.03.2020 – Cycle Oudtshoorn to Swellendam 100km / 62miles
– 04.03.2020 – Cycle Swellendam to Hermanus 110km / 68miles
– 05.03.2020 – Cycle Hermanus to Cape Town 85km / 52miles
– 06.03.2020 – Optional 50km Spin Cape Town
– 07.03.2020 – Cape Town Cycle Tour EXPO and Briefing
– 08.03.2020 – Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 109km / 67miles
– 09.03.2020 – Departure

POST CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR 2020 GARDEN ROUTE CYCLING TOUR

– 06.03.2020 – Arrive Cape Town
– 07.03.2020 – Cape Town Cycle Tour EXPO and Briefing
– 08.03.2020 – Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 109km / 67miles
– 09.03.2020 – Optional 50km Spin Cape Town
– 10.03.2020 – Cycle Cape Town to Hermanus 120km / 75miles
– 11.03.2020 – Cycle Hermanus to Swellendam 110km / 68miles
– 12.03.2020 – Cycle Swellendam to Oudtshoorn 125km / 77miles
– 13.03.2020 – Cycle Oudtshoorn to Brenton-on-Sea 75km / 46miles
– 14.03.2020 – Cycle Brenton-on-Sea to The Crags 85km / 52miles
– 15.03.2020 – Cycle The Crags – Jeffrey’s Bay 110km / 68miles
– 16.03.2020 – Cycle Jeffrey’s Bay – Port Elizabeth 115km / 71miles
– 17.03.2020 – Departure

These tours include guaranteed entry into the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020, so you can bypass the entry system in October and book your place now!

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Cycling the Garden Route: New Video Reveals All

If you are thinking about Cycling the Garden Route in South Africa you probably have a list of questions as long as your arm. How far will we cycle each day? What are the accommodations like? How demanding is the tour? These are all common questions, but unfortunately, no two Garden Route Cycling Holidays are the same, and there are no standard answers.

Some cycling companies offers shortened tours starting halfway down the Garden Route, others offer mountain bike tours, and some even offer e-bike tours (tut-tut!), but if you want to cycle the ‘real’ Garden Route, you need to do it on a road bike, you need to cycle from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (or vice-versa), and you need to prepare for around 100km in the saddle each day!

Cycling the Garden Route is a magnificent experience for keen cyclists, and if you book with a reputable company, you are in for a spectacular ride. You will be cycling on open roads, and you will face roadworks and heavy traffic at times, but if you are confident in your riding abilities, there is no reason why you shouldn’t cycle the Garden Route safely and arrive at your final destination with both wheels intact and a huge smile on your face.

To get an idea of the roads, the scenery, and the type of accommodations you will stay in when cycling along the Garden Route, take a look at this fabulous video taken in February 2019:

On the above trip, your itinerary will look something like this:

Day 1: Cycle Port Elizabeth to Jeffrey’s Bay

Day 2: Cycle Jeffrey’s Bay to Nature’s Valley

Day 3: Cycle Nature’s Valley to Brenton-on-Sea

Day 4: Cycle Brenton-on-Sea to Oudtshoorn

Day 5: Cycle Oudtshoorn to Swellendam

Day 6: Cycle Swellendam to Hermanus

Day 7: Cycle Hermanus to Cape Town

Some short transfers will be included to limit the mileage between certain sections, but you’ll be doing most of it in the saddle. With guaranteed departures from November to March each year, it’s a great winter cycling holiday, and if you join the ride in February, your Garden Route Cycling Tour will culminate with the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020!

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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!