Best of Cape Town MTB
Cape Town has an amazing number of mountain bike trails to offer. These are firstly situated on the foothills of Table Mountain and then the hills around the Durbanville wine region. Further afield there are incredible trails in the Stellenbosch, Wellington, Paarl and Franschoek mountains and then the Overberg region from Elgin to Hermanus and Greyton which have been groomed for some of the famous multi day stage races such as the Wine to Whales and the Cape Epic. We have selected the best of these for you, and then tried to add in some local culture to include refreshments and food.
Foresters Arms with Newlands Forest and Kirstenbosch loop – 18km intermediate
This is a classic intermediate ride that is a firm favourite with the local Cape Town mountain bike community. The 18 km route includes some short but challenging climbs, some great single track and an amazing ride through indigenous forest in Newlands forest and Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. We start the ride at the legendary watering hole, The Foresters Arms (or Forries to the locals), and head up into the foothills of Table Mountain through the forest. There is a good climb to begin as we move up above the trees, before riding along the contour towards Kirstenbosch and then eventually the turning point at Constantia Neck. We enjoy some incredible views right across the peninsular to False Bay to the Hottentot Holland mountains beyond in the distance. We take a different route back along some great fast single track through the cork trees towards Newlands. The ride is about 1h45min, and ends back at Forries where will enjoy a beer tasting of 6 different local beers and some if the best pizza in the Cape.
Haas coffee with a ride up the foothills of Table Mountain to the Kings Blockhouse – 15km intermediate
Cape Town has a rich and vibrant coffee culture that is part of the local cycling scene. Many will say that Haas serves the best brew in town and this is the meeting point for the beginning of the ride. This route has a fair bit of climbing and covers some of the famous Cape Epic prologue route. The beginning takes us up some challenging single track towards Rhodes Memorial in the foothills of Table Mountain. We then head around the mountain with stunning views of Cape Town City and Table Bay below us. There is a stiff climb all the way up to Kings Block house with an optional extra loop via the infamous Dead Man’s tree. From the block house it is a fast descent all the way with some great drops offs and adrenaline filled single track. We end the ride back at Haas for another well deserved coffee or a beer at Barristers pub if you prefer. Total ride time around 1hr30-2hrs.
Constantia neck to Lions head and ending at Camps Bay beach – 25km intermediate
This is definitely one of Adriaan’s favourites and starts and finishes in different locations making it a real adventure ride. We start at Constantia Neck and enjoy a coffee or a cool drink at La Parada before we head up the mountain to enjoy some great views of False Bay and beyond. We then ride along the contour path through Kirstenbosch and Newlands Forest before heading up and around the face of Table Mountain to Dead Man’s tree. There is a lot of ascent and descent on this route and it combines some of the Haas and the Forries rides into a traverse of the foot hills of Table Mountain. We have an option extra 5km loop around the base of Lions Head and Signal Hill with some very challenging single track at the end – but wonderful views of Table Bay, the Waterfront and Robben Island. The ride ends at Camps Bay beach with a swim in the sea before heading to one of the beach side cafes for a beer. This is a more challenging ride and will take a good 2.5hrs to complete.