Today Cape Town was lucky to enjoy beautiful autum weather – mild 23 degrees, no wind and blue skies. Ideal to go for a bike ride and as Brett Roux and I are both training for some sort of endurance event (Sani 2 c in his case, Vatternrundan in my case) we grab the bull by the horn (or the bike by the bars) and left Mouille Point on the Atlantic Coast shortly after sunrise.
After making our way through the Cape Town CBD (fine on a public holiday) and through Woodstock (supposedly still up and coming, like it has been for the last 10 years…), Main Road takes us all the way South to Steenberg. A fairly uneventful first 30 kilometers, before we hit the highest climb of the day, Ou Kaapse Weg, a 4 km -400 metre ascent with stunning views over the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. A fast 10 kilometres later we are at Cafe Roux (apparently not related to Brett’s family) in Noordhoek, enjoying cappuchino before the next big climb of the day:
Chapmans Peak is probably the most spectacular coastal road in Africa and must be my favourite climb in Cape Town, especially on a day like this with light cloud cover, the sun beaming through every now and then and the rocky shore hiding in the mist. We flew up this 300m ascent and rolled into Hout Bay, where my nemesis awaits: Suikerbossie is the most painful climb at the end of any Cape Argus Cycletour, but today no cramps were in sight. A fast ride along the Atlantic, via Kommetje and Camps Bay took us back to Seapoint in a bit less than 3 hours, including the coffee stop.
- Noordhoek … On the way to Chapman’s Peak (jjnikonpix.wordpress.com)