Cycling South Africa

Gartenroute Rennradreise Südafrika November 2020

Haben Sie genug vom Lockdown? Sind Sie bereit für einen Radurlaub in Südafrika? Dann nehmen Sie am 20. November 2020 an unserer Garden Route-Radtour teil!

Garden Route Cycling Tour

Eine fantastische Radtour zum Saisonende für begeisterte Radfahrer. Sie umfasst fantastische Unterkünfte, die meisten Mahlzeiten, ein Begleitfahrzeug, einen Gepäcktransport und 8 vollständig unterstützte Fahrten mit einem deutschsprachigen Reiseleiter. Hier ein kurzer Überblick über die Reiseroute:

20. November 2020 – Ankunft in Port Elizabeth – The Beach Hotel

21. November 2020 – 60 km Aufwärmfahrt – Einweisung – The Beach Hotel

22. November 2020 – Port Elizabeth nach Jeffery’s Bay 115 km – Supertubes Guest House

23. November 2020 – Jeffrey’s Bay nach Nature’s Valley 110 km – Lily Pond Guest House

24. November 2020 – Natures Valley – Brenton-on-Sea 85 km – Brenton Haven

25. November 2020 – Brenton-on-Sea nach Oudtshoorn 110 km – La Plume Guesthouse

26. November 2020 – Oudtshoorn nach Ladismith 110 km – Gaikou Lodge

27. November 2020 – Swellendam nach Hermanus 110km – 7 On Marine

28. November 2020 – Hermanus nach Gordons Bay 85 km – Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel

29. November 2020 – Freier Tag Kapstadt – Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel

30. November 2020 – Abreise

cycle port elizabeth to cape town

Sie erhalten den ganzen Tag über Frühstück, Snacks zum Radfahren, ein leichtes Mittagessen, Wasser und alkoholfreie Getränke sowie jeden Abend ein 3-Gänge-Menü vom Verlassen von Port Elizabeth bis zur Ankunft in Kapstadt. All dies für nur 2.195 € pro Person!

Kontaktieren Sie uns jetzt für eine detaillierte Reiseroute! Garantierte Abreise für 2 Radfahrer und mehr!

Radreise entlang der Garden Route in Kombination mit der Cape Town Cycle Tour

Cape Town Cycle Tour 2021

Möchten Sie nächsten März an der Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 teilnehmen? Gefällt Ihnen die Idee, die Garden Route von Kapstadt nach Port Elizabeth zu radeln? Dann ist diese Tour der perfekte Radurlaub für Sie!

Cape Town Cycle Tour Entries

Diese kleine geführte Tour in deutscher und englischer Sprache zeigt die besten Radrouten, die Südafrika zu bieten hat, und eignet sich für alle, die gerne um die 100 km pro Tag Rad fahren möchten. Das Paket beinhaltet den garantierten Startplatz zur Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 und alle Mahlzeiten von Hermanus bis Port Elizabeth, ein Begleitfahrzeug und vieles, vieles mehr.

Hier ist die Reiseroute:

06.03.2020 – Ankunft in Kapstadt

07.03.2020 – Cape Town Cycle Tour EXPO und Briefing

08.03.2020 – Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020, 109 km

09.03.2020 – Optionale 100 km Ausfahrt

10.03.2020 – Tour von Kapstadt nach Hermanus, 120 km

11.03.2020 – Tour von Hermanus nach Swellendam, 110 km

12.03.2020 – Tour von…

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Anyone for Everesting? The Latest Cycling Challenge for Adventurous Travellers

Who’s ready for a bit of ‘Everesting?!

Equatours Travel News

If you cannot decide between Climbing Mount Everest or taking a cycling holiday such as the Cape Argus Cycle Tour next year, why not combine the two spend your next summer holiday doing a spot of ‘Everesting’!

Cape Argus Cycling Holidays

The latest trend in endurance cycling for extreme hardcore cyclists, Everesting involves “climbing the height of Mount Everest (8,848 metres) on a single climb in a single ride”, which you can do anywhere in the world – providing you follow the strict rules in place:

  • Rides can be of any length, and on any hill or mountain, but no loops allowed
  • It does not matter how long the ride takes, but it must be ridden in one attempt, breaks for sleeping are not allowed, although you can break for meals etc.
  • The 8,848m Everesting challenge is your total elevation gain, therefore, descents will not count unless there is some climbing involved, in which…

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Morten on Tour: Cycle Across America Part III

They do say that time flies when you are having fun, but we can hardly believe it’s 10-days since we last caught up with Morten who is, as we type, cycling his way from California to Massachusetts on the Fast Ride America.

cycling across america

Since we last blogged, he has cycled through Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois, and passed the official half-way mark, but despite already cycling 2,000 miles (3,218km), he still has a long way to go!

The past 10-days have been pretty full-on with no rest days. The weather has been ‘interesting’ to say the least, with 5 degree temperatures, scattered showers, and strong headwinds, but fortunately, the group managed to stay behind the tornado that threatened their two-wheeled journey.

Since arriving in Kansas, our very own Wizard of Oz (or should that be Norge!) has been blessed with blue skies and 25 degrees, so here’s hoping the good weather will last.  Here’s Morten Strava Stats from Day 10:

Day 10: Las Vegas NM – Tucumari NM

Distance: 176.24m

Elevation: 1160m

Moving Time: 6:55:34

 

Day 11: Tucumari NM – Dalhart TX

Distance: 155.10km

Elevation: 678m

Moving Time: 6:14:01

 

Day 12: Dalhart TX – Liberal KS (3 State Day)

Distance: 180.28km

Elevation: 368m

Moving Time: 8:07:00

 

Day 13: Liberal KS – Dodge City KS

Distance: 133.56km

Elevation: 338m

Moving Time: 4:43:00

 

Day 14: Dodge City KS – Great Bend KS

Distance: 147.75km

Elevation: 119m

Moving Time: 4:51:40

 

Day 15: Great Bend KS – Abilene KS

Distance: 204.84km

Elevation: 389m

Moving Time: 7:14:54

 

Day 16: Abilene KS – Topeka KS

Distance: 172.87km

Elevation: 1,419m

Moving Time: 6:35:18

 

Day 17: Topeka KS – Cameron MO

Distance: 188.97km

Elevation: 1,884m

Moving Time: 6:47:25

 

Day 18: Cameron MO – Kirksville MO

Distance: 191.90km

Elevation: 2,186m

Moving Time: 7:30:42

 

Day 19: Kirksville MO – Quincy IL

Distance: 145.49km

Elevation: 1,615m

Moving Time: 5:11:31

 

Here’s a few lines from the man himself:

 

8th May: We arrived in Tucumari close to the Texas border after a relatively easy 177km ride with headwinds all the way. Tornados are forecast for the coming days, although it looks as though we’ll be just behind them. We will see tomorrow!

 

9th May: We arrived in Texas today. Another day with strong headwinds, and colder than previous days. Tomorrow will be much the same, but I’m glad we missed the weather on the picture below!

cycling across america

 

11th May: We left Dodge City this morning, an old cowboy town famous for its cattle farms. We passed Kinsley in Kansas, which is midway USA, and enjoyed warmer temperatures with little wind. Kansas is flat – we climbed just 119m over 148km – you won’t find that in Norway!

 

15th May: After leaving Topeka at 7am this morning, we reached the Fast America half-way point. First half done!

 

17th May: After a few very warm days in Missouri, we crossed the Mississippi River to Quincy Illinois. Lots of rolling hills in Missouri, so challenging but very pretty.

 

Today, Morten is cycling from Quincy to Springfield in Illinois, where he will enjoy a well-deserved rest today tomorrow! We’ll catch up again soon, but in the meantime, here’s some pics:

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What To Pack for a Road Cycling Holiday

There is perhaps nothing more exciting that an overseas cycling holiday, particularly during the winter months when cycling is mostly limited to spinning classes and rollers here in the northern hemisphere, but if you want to avoid costly baggage fees and paying more than you should to take your beloved bike and cycling gear with you, you need to master the art of packing light.

Cape Town Cycle Tour 2019

Cycling holidays are now more popular than golfing holidays, and fortunately, airlines have taken note. You can now take you bike on almost every flight providing it meets the airline’s size and weight requirements, and you can do this either as part of your checked baggage allowance, or for an additional fee.

While these additional fees will not add a huge amount to the overall cost of your cycling holiday, you’re looking at a minimum of £120 roundtrip, and you can buy more than a few energy gels, protein bars, and chamois creams for that kind of money!

To save money on your cycling holiday, you need to know what to pack and how to pack it, and so here are a few tips for your next overseas cycling adventure:

  1. Invest in the lightest bike bag or box you can find. Hard shell cases do provide a greater level or protection, but they often weigh over 10kg, and leave very little room for anything other than your bike. Scicon and EVOC Bags are exceptionally lightweight, easy to pack, and they leave plenty of space for your cycling kit – and so they can save money in the long run.
  2. Book your flight with an airline that allows you to transport your bike as your checked luggage allowance. For long-haul flights, British Airways is a good choice as they have a checked allowance of 23kg. Providing you have a lightweight bike bag or box, there’s no reason why you cannot pack your bike, helmet, shoes, and 4 or 5 lycra outfits and still stay within your 23kg limit, leaving you hand luggage allowance free for everything else.
  3. Some airlines, such as KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, and Turkish Airlines all charge a fee for transporting bikes, but they have an increased allowance of up to 30kg. Even the old stinge-bags at Ryanair follow this rule, and with 30kg at your fingertips, you can easily pack your bike and all your cycling gear for a 2 week cycling holiday.
  4. Pack for the type of cycling holiday you are going to take. If you are cycling out and back to the same hotel each day, then 2 or 3 outfits will see you through a weeklong trip. You can easily rinse out shorts and jerseys in the evening and leave them to dry the following day, so you’ll always be fresh and ready for the day ahead. If you are constantly on the move, such as a Garden Route Cycling Holiday from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town in South Africa, then you will need to pack a clean set of cycling clothes for every day of your itinerary. It may sound excessive, but no one wants to cycle next to whiffy armpits, so be kind to yourself those around you by changing daily!
  5. In the evenings, you only likely to wear your casual clothes for a few hours, so take plenty of mix and match items that you can wear more than once. As most cycling holidays take you to warmer climates, shorts and t-shirts are fine, but always take a fleece or jacket – just in case!
  6. Unless you heading to a remote cycling destination such as the Peruvian Andes, the mountains of Lesotho, or far south Patagonia where cycling supplies are limited, avoid taking gels, energy bars, electrolytes and an excessive amount of spare inner tubes with you. They will all add to your checked baggage allowance, and you can buy them on site.
  7. That said, don’t forget to take important things such as specialist tools and components that are not widely available in other parts of the world.
  8. Finally, whatever you do, do not pack CO2 canisters. You’re likely to get arrested for trying to blow up the plane, and if they somehow manage to pass through the airport security systems, they could explode in your bike bag and cause all kinds of damage.

The key to packing for a cycling holiday is limiting it to the essentials. Most cycling gear can be washed and dried in an hour, so you can always ask the hotel to wash your clothes if you get stuck. But try to keep it light so the only thing you have to worry about is cycling from A to B, oh yes, and not being the last up the hill!

 

 

Winter Cycling Holidays Gran Canaria: Sunshine all but Guaranteed!

Are you looking for the perfect short-haul winter cycling holiday? With year-round sunshine, spectacular cycling routes, and bicycle friendly accommodations, Gran Canaria is fast becoming the best cycling destination in Europe for winter getaways, giving neighbouring Lanzarote a run for its money.

While still relatively new on the international cycling circuit, Gran Canaria has been attracting pro cycling teams for years. Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador as just a few of the famous faces you can expect to see on the island during the winter months, along with upcoming members of the Tinkoff Academy who come to the island to train.

A challenging cycling destination for those who love to climb, Gran Canaria homes more than a few demanding mountain passes to test your legs. There’s Pico de las Nieves, the highest peak on the island reaching 1,950m, the Valley of the Tears (VOTT), and the Temisas Climb between Aguimes and St. Lucia but to name a few.

While Gran Canaria is best known for its golden sand dunes and busy tourist areas, the moment you step inland you’re in a whole new world. Just 10 minutes from the busy coastal regions, you’ll find pristine cycling routes with little traffic and very few other cyclists, and while some of the roads could do with a little TLC, the majority are well maintained and perfectly suitable for road biking.

The beauty of Gran Canaria is that it bathes in year-round sunshine, and so you can cycle here at anytime of the year. From November to March, you can expect daily temperatures of around 25 degrees, and if you choose to stay in the south of the island in areas such as Tauro, you won’t need much more than a pullover for the evening.

Here’s what your 7-night Cycling Holiday in Gran Canaria could look like:

Day 1 – Arrive Las Palmas, transfer to hotel

Day 2 – Cycle Tauro – Aguimes – Temisas – St. Lucia – Vecindario – Tauro (approx. 125km)

Day 3 – Cycle Tauro – Soria – Fataga – San Fernando – Tauro (approx.. 110km)

Day 4 – Cycle Tauro – Fataga – Pico de las Nieves – Puerto de Mogan – Tauro (approx. 120km)

Day 5 – Rest Day – go enjoy the beach!

Day 6 – Cycle Tauro – Puerto de Mogan – San Nicolas – Artenara – Fataga – Tauro (approx. 145km)

Day 7 – Cycle Tauro – Ayagaures – Meloneras – Tauro (approx. 70km)

Day 8 – Departure

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