Morten On Tour: Cycle Across America Part V

Well, he did it! Morten finally completed the Fast America Ride on 30th May 2019, which saw him cycle some 5,554km from California to Massachusetts in just 33 days (30 days riding).

Here’s his Strava Stats since we last caught up:

Day 31: Cycling Liverpool NY – Amsterdam NY

Distance: 191.50km

Elevation: 1,093m

Moving Time: 8:26:47

Day 32: Cycling Amsterdam NY – Keene NH – 3 State Day

Distance: 202.91km

Elevation: 2,507m

Moving Time: 8:24:51

Day 33: Cycling Keene NH – Salisbury Beach Massachusetts – Mission Completed!

Distance: 173.58km

Elevation: 1,753m

Moving Time: 7:00:00

Here’s a few words from the man himself:

29th May 2019: Yesterday was really a tough day, it was cold and raining cats and dogs all day and the headwind was brutal. I did not think it was possible to get so wet. Today coming into Keene, New Hampshire better, it was cloudy with less wind even though distance was quite long (202km). Tomorrow is the last day – my legs will be grateful for that 🙂

30th May 2019: Yep. Did it!!

Everyone at Bicycle Beyond would like to congratulate Morten on his amazing accomplishment, and we look forward to hearing all about it next time we meet up!

cycling holidays america

What’s next for us? We’ll, we’re Cycling Pico de Veleta in Granada, Spain at the end of July, the Ötztal Radmarathon in Austria in September, and Cycling the Garden Route in South Africa in December. Next year, we’ve got the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 and a brand-new cycling holiday in Patagonia – so why not join us!

Karoo To Coast: A 100km Mountain Bike Challenge in South Africa

If your idea of the perfect MTB cycling holiday includes beautiful scenery, demanding trails, and getting down and dirty on a ride through the wilderness, the Buco Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge could be the perfect tour for your 2019 cycling calendar.

Karoo to Coast Ride
Riders during the 2017 BUCO Karoo 2 Coast MTB race from Uniondale to Knysna – 24 September 2017 | photo by Ewald Sadie

A one-day off road race for MTB enthusiasts, the Karoo to Coast Challenge will take you to the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route, where you will ride from Uniondale to Knysna via the iconic Prince Alfred’s Pass. You’ll cover some 95.95km as you make your way from the quaint country village to the magnificent coastline, ascending 1560m and descending 1815m along the way.

Karoo to Coast MTB holiday South Africa

The Karoo to Coast MTB Challenge is a spectacular ride for off-road cyclists, but it does have its challenges. The event organisers advise that you “train sufficiently” in order to enjoy the experience, and you must meet the cut-off times if you want to avoid being pulled off the trail. As an official premier seeding event for the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour, it is the perfect training ride for those who want to achieve a personal best next March, but spaces are strictly limited, and so you need to act fast if you want to secure your place.

Buco Lions Karoo to Coast MTB Challenge 2019: What You Need to Know

When: Sunday, 22nd September 2019

Where: Uniondale, Western Cape, South Africa

Cost: R630 – This includes dinner in Uniondale on Saturday, 21st September 2019

Spaces: Strictly limited to 4,500 entries, accepted on a first come, first served basis

Organiser: The Lions Clubs of Knysna and Uniondale

Proceeds: All proceeds go to Sightfirst and the South African Guide Dog Association  

September is a wonderful time of the year to visit South Africa, and with less tourists in town to push up the prices, you can enjoy discounted hotel rates, crowd-free sights, and the beautiful Garden Route in all its glory.

Entries are already open for the Buco Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge 2019, but they won’t last for long! So, why not book yours now, and support the Lions and their chosen organisations while doing something that you love.

Stellenbosch Cycle Tour 2020 – So Much More than a Cape Town Cycle Tour Seeding Event!

When Cape Town was announced as the World’s Leading Festival and Events Destination at the World Travel Awards in December 2018, I don’t think any of us were surprised. It homes some of the most iconic events in the sporting calendar, and while the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans Marathon get the international acclaim that they deserve, there are many other events happening in the Western Cape that have not captured a worldwide audience…yet!

Stellenbosch Cycle Tour 2020

One such event would have to be the Stellenbosch Cycle Tour. A fabulous 102km race throughout the Western Cape Winelands, it is a spectacular ride, and if you have already done the Cape Town Cycle Tour (previously the Cape Argus) and you fancy something a little bit different, this should be your number #1 choice.

The Stellenbosch Cycle Tour is an official seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020, and so it is the perfect training ride for internationals who intend to participate both events. In 2019, the tour got a new date (pushed back from December to January) and a new location, starting and finishing at the Val De Vie Estate, which is a short drive from Stellenbosch centre. While the route remained largely unchanged this year, the event organisers switched it around somewhat so that Helshoogte Pass, the only real climb of the race, came at the 70km mark, rather than right at the beginning as it was in previous years, to spice things up a bit!

On Sunday, 20th January 2019, the Bicycle Beyond Team lined up for the Stellenbosch Cycle Tour for the very first time, and it did not disappoint! The weather was beautiful, the route was challenging but very doable, and the scenery and camaraderie were simply amazing. While it’s not as big as the Cape Town Cycle Tour, it is just as enjoyable, and if you are looking to start your 2020 cycling season in style, this is definitely one for the Bucket List.

Here’s what our Stellenbosch Cycle Tour looked like…