The picturesque little town of Stellenbosch, lies surrounded by the Stellenbosch Mountains, in the heart of Cape Winelands (50km east of Cape Town). The second oldest town in South Africa, it boasts some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. The historic town centre of Stellenbosch and many of its neighborhoods have flat, quiet roads, perfect for easy cycling. The town is best explored by bike and once you have discovered the joy of cycling here, it is difficult to get back into a car again. Being a university town, Stellenbosch is home to a range of cosmopolitan restaurants and coffee shops. One of the great advantages of cycling in Stellenbosch is that you can stop anywhere to shop, have coffee or visit a museum because you have no parking problems and bicycles are always welcome!
For those visiting the town, there are a variety of local businesses and bike shops, offering bike rentals and guided cycle tours. The AdventureShop runs epic sightseeing tours and multiday adventures that explore the surrounding mountain and wineland areas of Stellenbosch.
Stellenbosch University even has a bike rental scheme, Matie Bikes for both staff and students, and encourages more people to use their bikes to commute everyday.
THE STELLENBOSCH CYCLING MAP
Getting around Stellenbosch by bike is made easy thanx to local cycling advocacy initiative, Stellenbosch Fietsry, who have created a wonderful map of all the cycle routes in and around Stellenbosch – The Stellenbosch Cycling Map. Aimed at tourists and local commuters who would like to discover the town and surrounding areas on city bikes, the map covers the historic town centre of Stellenbosch, the university campus, many neighbourhoods as well as the route along the Eerste River that are flat areas and ideal for easy, smooth cycling.
Copies of the map are available at all local cycle shops, Stellenbosch 360 in Market Street, hotels and guesthouses or download the electronic version here. There is also a map of the route that runs along the Eerste River all the way through town – connecting to the cycle path along Jonkershoek Valley. On this route you can reach a number of destinations and experience the beauty of the tranquil river and view the majestic surrounding mountains – The Eerste River Cycling Map .
MOUNTAIN BIKING & SCENIC RIDES
With a network of some 500 km of trails, it’s no surprise that Stellenbosch, is regarded as the mountain bike capital of South Africa! The trail network extends from privately-owned wineries to nature reserves. Stellenbosch is set to host a leg of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in March 2018 and is also the start/end destination of the Cape Cross Cycle Route, a 750 km cycle route that runs between Plettenberg Bay and Stellenbosch.
Information on MTB routes, maps and permits can be obtained from the various trail operators in and around Stellenbosch. Some of the access routes to mountain bike routes are easily accessible as scenic routes and can be found on the – The Stellenbosch Cycling Map.
For those looking to improve their mountain bike skills or be guided on new trails, there are also a range of MTB skills courses on offer in the area.
FIND PLACES TO STAY, EAT, DRINK & RIDE
Explore our directory of all things bicycle in Stellenbosch. We’re constantly adding to our list of favorite bike shops, coffee shops, restaurants, museums, scenic vistas, playgrounds, ice cream, breweries, wineries and places to stay in Stellenbosch!
Why not stay over at one of Stellenbosch’s bike friendly accommodation venues? Whether you’re camping out or looking for a luxury hotel that welcome bicycles, you’ll never have to leave your two wheeled friend at home again! Bike friendly venues may offer facilities for bike storage, parking or washing. There are even businesses who offer complimentary bikes or bike rentals and/or mountain biking trails.
Stellenbosch can be easily accessed by road or rail. Combining bikes and Metrorail trains is a great way to travel to Stellenbosch and beyond. Cyclists can take their bikes on Metro rail trains during off-peak hours (09h00- 15h00 and 19h00- until last train run), on weekdays and all day on the weekend. With the cost of carriage currently being +R20 per bike for any one direction (in addition to your ticket price).
© Photograph by Stellenbosch Cycling
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