Cape Winelands Cycle Tour


Cycle around the spectacular Winelands of Stellenbosch and surrounding areas and experience the magnificent countryside

Highlights of the Trip

  • Historic Old Town of Stellenbosch
  • Helshoogte Pass both ways
  • Boschendal Cape Dutch Wine Estate


Collecting you from your accommodation in Cape Town and surrounds, you have various route choices ranging from 80 km/50 miles to the more challenging 125 km/80 mile loop.

We are initially transported to the outskirts of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in SA, for the start and then cycle for 10km to warm up the legs before tackling some of the undulating climbs to Stellenbosch and beyond.

Then over the Helshoogte Pass (literally Hell’s Heights, the name is much worse than the 242m gain over 5 km) and on to the final flat part to Franschhoek (final 18 km) for lunch. For those feeling really energetic, there is the option of climbing Franschhoek pass to the top (468m height gain over 5km) to the viewpoint for some awesome views. Additional 20km is available to the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated if time permits on the return leg before being transported back to Cape Town to finish.

There are many opportunities for coffee/cake or lunch (I know all the best ones) along with the most advantageous photo stops as we ride together. This way we have the time to explore the routes around the historic vineyards and so much more WITHOUT racing it and missing all there is to see and experience.

What's Included

  • Transfers to/from the start from your Hotel
  • ROAD bike fitted with flat pedals and Helmet hire
  • Accompanying cycling tour guide for the day

Water and water bottles, spare tubes, sunscreen etc

What's Not Included

Any food/drinks you may want during the day
Optional driver and support vehicle available for extra R1,000 (Rand) per day
Cycling clothing

Other Information



  • We have SPD/SPD SL and LOOK Keo pedals available for the bikes if you wish or bring your own and we will fit these to your bike. Your own shoes are required to participate.
  • We provide very BASIC helmets so for maximum comfort best to bring your own if possible.
  • PADDED CYCLING SHORTS are required for this tour otherwise you will get sore in very delicate places!
  • We provide water bottles with chilled water at the start of the ride and bring spare tubes/lever/pump and a multi-tool en-route.
  • We set up the bikes and adjust as necessary before we depart the vehicle.
  • Transfers to/from your Hotel to the start are also included if within the local area.
    • Please provide your address to confirm.
  • Lunch/coffee/snacks and entry fees are for your own account.

Indemnity forms will need to be signed before departure.

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  1. r0n1950

    Tuesday 4th June, 2019
    It doesn't get any better than cycling the Cape with Mark Lawson. He is knowledgable, engaging, and above all an excellent guide. He looked after every detail, selected great places to stay, eat and ride. With his associate Brian driving the van which accompanied us throughout the trip, I can't say enough good things about the whole experience. Choose Mark's Cycling and you won't be disappointed

  2. Dawson H

    Tuesday 4th June, 2019
    Great ride out Had a great ride to the Cape with Mark. He's engaging, well versed in what's going on, and prepared to slow down for you on hills... Thoroughly enjoyable ride and Chappies felt like a true privilege to ride. Mark made sure we covered all I wanted to see and do and provided me with a bike for further solo efforts in the week. A great service.

  3. Lindsey D

    Monday 3rd June, 2019
    From the moment I enquired about a solo trip around the Cape, Mark and his team were knowledgeable and helpful, even passing each other out cycling. Amazing Trip. Would totally recommend as the bikes and equipment are very safe!-Happy Travels

  4. Martha J

    Monday 3rd June, 2019
    Mark led a great trip-Well supported and laid out!he is an enthusiastic fan of SA (and SA wines) and showed us cultural and political highlights wherever we rode. Appreciated him bringing experienced bike mechanic and the excellent accommodation he reserved for us! We would travel anywhere with Mark. Good Show

  5. Jonathan A

    Monday 3rd June, 2019
    Mark is an awesome and strong rider-the route changed due to weather and wind but the riding was the incredible-beautiful route and excellent experience-LOVED it-Thanks for an awesome day