The Beauty Of Cape Town’s Coastal Roads, And Iconic Chapmans Peak – join us on a guided road bike tour.

It’s hard to escape the absolute beauty of Cape Town’s coastal roads throughout the seasons in South Africa. Cape Town is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world as she shows off the vibrant colours of the sea, mountains, and unbeatable views no matter the time of year. Which is partly why the Cape Town Cycle Tour (Old Cape Argus) is one of the highlights of the Capetonian cyclists race calendar. It certainly is a treat to join in, and this is why we wouldn’t want you to miss out if you are not able to make the March 2020 race date.

Cape Peninsula Cycle Tour
Cycle past the fynbos in the Cape of Good Hope

People from across the world throng to the Cape every year in March, to join in on the cycling and fun, as supporters, family, friends, or marshals. The ever-brave professional and some not so professional cyclists take ownership of these roads, even if just for one day. Imagine if cyclists ruled the glorious roads of Cape Town? The experience of the Argus is exactly that!

Positioned for victory in every possible way, the Cycle Tour route is marked out to purposefully hit as many of our most beautiful roads and views as possible. Each minute along the route points to fresh air in your lungs, and that freeing feeling of conquering great heights, both literally and figuratively. From Kalk Bay and Simonstown to Smitswinkel Bay and Misty Cliffs coastal roads, all the way around and over the iconic Chapman’s Peak drive and then face to face encounters with our Cape Town giants, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, the Twelve Apostles and many more.

So what is it about ‘Chappies’ that makes it so iconic?

Cyclist on Chapmans Peak Drive
Cyclist on Chapmans Peak Drive

Its Iconic History: Chapman’s Peak, named after the Captain’s mate of a lowly English ship, John Chapman, finds its significance in many different reasons. The 9 km stretch with 114 curves and bends is filled with view and after glorious view of the vast Atlantic Ocean. It was, and is, historically used as a trading landmark, and a connection road between Hout Bay and Noordhoek, built around a similar time as De Waal drive, which links Cape Town City with the Southern Suburbs.

Incredible Engineering: As you coast along the coastal route on your Cape Town Cycle Tour journey, you’ll find yourself aware of the great big mesh netting keeping loose rocks from falling down the mountain and cantilever bridges keeping you steadily on track. Not only is this rocky side of Chapman’s Peak a significant part of its magnificent structure, but if you look over your other shoulder, you’ll find a cliff as daunting and steep below you, as above! The road has been carved out of the mountainside to bring human life and enjoyment into its show off views, just like the rib removed from Adam’s body to form Eve.

Tourism, Picnic Spots, And Sunsets: There are many spots to enjoy the views overlooking Noordhoek beach and Hout Bay along the Chapman’s Peak drive through. Gather your family and friends and enjoy sunsets like nothing else in the world and picnics with the sound of amplified ocean waves beating on the slopes.

All in all, this breathtaking, crystal clear and calming, open experience of cycling through Chapman’s peak drive is one of the most awesome highlights of the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Coastal Road Cycling
Cape Coastal Roads

 

Here is what one of our guests had to say about his favorite views of the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour:

“Misty Cliffs was a real treat, I have never seen the water so turquoise blue, even without my Polaroid lenses on. My third favorite view was cresting Suikerbossie just after coming through beautiful Chapman’s Peak drive, it was a real vibe and it was a reminder of the final stretch, the final downhill before the finish of yet another phenomenal ride!”

We hope that you’ve enjoyed a taste of the tour through this piece and we look forward to seeing you there next year for the 2020 Tour.

If you are going to be missing out on the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour but you would still like to take in the beauty of the Cape on a bicycle, book a guided tour of the Cape Peninsula or visit our shop in town to rent a bike to hit the streets with and receive a free 2 hour rental on any city cruiser rental bike.

Bikes ‘n Wines Launches Free Bike Rental

Are you looking to cruise the city of Cape Town on a bicycle during your summer visit to the city?

Bikes ‘n Wines just launched FREE bike rentals for all their city cruiser bikes from their &Bikes Cafe location in the heart of Cape Town.

All you have to do is pop in to the &Bikes Cafe  at 32 Loop street, Cape Town and rent one of their cruiser bikes for free for two hours.

If you want to keep it for longer, no problem, just pay R150 for half the day or R250 for a full days bike rental.

If you have any questions please contact us on +27 21 823 8790 or +27 74 186 0418 or email us on bookings@bikesnwines.com

 

Spring is here and summer is on the way!

A beautiful Spring blossom in the winelands

What that means for wine lovers in South Africa, is that it’s time to break out the cold and crisp white wine varietals again!

We thought we would give you a few facts about white wine in South Africa. I say South Africa, but most of the country’s wine is grown right here in the Western Cape, which is of course why we are based here. #wineloversforlife.

Of all of the vineyards in South Africa, the majority (around 55% in 2014) is white grapes and of that 18% is Chenin Blanc. This may seem like a little, but South Africa has more chenin blanc hectares under vine than the Loire Valley in France (weird, because that’s where the grape is form originally).

First known as Steen and later called Chenin Blanc, a much more regal name for a much more regal varietal.

So what is so great about the Chenin?

Mainly its versatility, the wine is known to produce all styles of wine, from bone-dry to luscious as well as sparkling wine and used in many blends, and although not a lot of new vines are beong planted, the older bush vines around are prized posessions to wine farmers.

Not all vineyards are created equal and even in a province as small as the Western Cape, location is everything.

This is because the type of climate differs over the province and that different climate transfers different characteristics into the grapes.

 

For instance:

Asara Chenin Blanc - a warm climate Chenin Cool Climate Chenin Blanc’s can be found in the Elgin Valley region, and along the coast. Ondine Chnin from Ormonde Estate in Darling – these wines tend to be unwooded and show a lime green colour with fruit aromas of Guava and Lees. The winemakers tend to go for a smooth creat palate whilst keeping a crisp acidity.

Warm Climate Chenin Blanc’s can be found in the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek region. Asara Chenin Blanc in Stellenbosch – This lightly wooded wine is a golden straw colour with tropical fruits such as pineapple and honeysuckle aroma’s. The palate is rich and slightly oily with a layer of stone fruits such as apricots and peach with a mouth filling acidity.

 

 

Just reading the two different tasting notes on two wines made from the same grapes in very different parts of the province you can see how different and versatile a this amazing grape can be!

So get out and get tasting some amazingly diverse Chenin Blanc’s that the Western Cape wine region has to offer!

Looking for a romantic outing or just an excuse for a weekend getaway? This Winter Wonder Winelands Special gives you the opportunity to truly experience the magical winter season in the winelands by bicycle. Snuggle up in front of a crackling wood fire with a good glass of red wine after an active day of cycling and indulge in the most decadent and daring pairings South Africa has to offer. Explore the Franschhoek Valley and Stellenbosch Hills on this two day adventure, cycling through the most beautiful winelands of South Africa with this unique package.

Cost per person? R2600.00 per person sharing R3200.00 single person *Special runs from 01 June – 31 August 2015* Above package includes:

  • Bikes and helmet rental
  • Wine and pizza pairing
  • Chocolate and wine pairing
  • Fully guided and chaperoned cycling tour
  • Local delicacies and wine pairing
  • Biltong and wine pairing
  • Exclusive brandy, coffee and chocolate pairing
  • Daily snack pack and bottled water
  • Gourmet lunch on both days
  • 1 night’s accommodation at Val D’or Guesthouse (4*)
  • Full English Breakfast
  • Transfer by vehicle to and from the Winelands from Cape Town and pick up from your accommodation

This price excludes:

  • Gratuities
  • Any additional wine purchases made on the day

Bikes ‘n Wines is proud announce that we have received a Certificate of Excellence 2015 from Tripadvisor. We earned this certificate because we have great reviews on TripAdvisor! We would like to thank all our partners, clients and staff for their enthusiasm and effort, we truly appreciate all the feedback we get from you. Read here all the great reviews our clients wrote about our tours! Inspired? Book your tour below and enjoy an unforgettable experience in the Winelands with Bikes ‘n Wines!

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Bikes 'n Wines Giving BackThe temperature drops and all we want to do is snuggle on the couch with some hot chocolate and a blanket. Sounds tempting? It does for us, but there are so many great activities to do in Cape Town during the winter months. Bikes ‘n Wines is one of them! We are proud be listed on #46 in the ‘Top 100 things to do in Cape Town this Winter! Cycle with your family through the beautiful vineyards, gaze at the snowy mountains and taste wine in front of the fireplace! Or take your friends out for an adventurous ride in Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. Read the full article here, be inspired to spend some time in the ‘Mother City’ this winter and book your Bikes ‘n Wines tour now! button

Curious to know what you can expect on a Bikes ‘n Wines tour? This new movie will give you a great overview of what we have to offer. Experience the wine farms, see the beautiful roads we cycle through and the great food you will taste when you go on tour with us!

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In February, Bikes ‘n Wines invited a selection of journalists to enjoy the Winelands with us during a Harvest Media Trip. Result; a great day on bicycles with an amazing bunch of journalists, bloggers, vloggers and cycling activists.

Read, listen and watch their experiences with Bikes ‘n Wines in the Winelands below and book your tour now!

 

 

Mike Eloff Video Life of Mike (#TheLawry)

 

Kirsten Wilkens Blog Bicycle Cape Town

Samantha Linsell Blog Taste & Titbits

Lisa Wallace Article Cape Town ETC

Elise Kirsten Article Ride Magazine South Africa

 

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Are you a student and looking for some fun stuff to do before going back to university? Book your Bikes ‘n Wines Tour and get up to 20% discount! (Please contact us to see if this offer is still valid) Book via bookings@bikesnwines.com or +27(0)218238790 (only for students with a valid student card). Click HERE to see the different routes we have on offer.
Prices subject to change without notice.

Rent a bike as a student
Student Bike Rentals Cape Town

Do you want to surprise your lover with a romantic day out this Valentine’s Day?

We have the perfect give for you! Book your Bikes ‘n Wines tour between 9 – 15 of February and get a FREE bottle of BUBBLY!

Make your booking now via bookings@bikesnwines.com or Tel: +27(0)218238790 and enjoy your Valentine’s Day in Style! Click here to see all the tours we have on offer!

 

 

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