After a trip briefing and introduction, travel by shuttle vehicle (approx 45 mins) to Paarl in the heart of the Cape Winelands region. Home to the mighty Paarl Rock, the second largest granite outcrop in the world, and the Taal Monument, a tribute to the Afrikaans language, Paarl is a historic town resplendent with natural wonders and some superb wine estates. We set off on our custom-made mountain bikes, past a number of charming cafes and quaint guesthouses with the vineyards rolling down the slopes to greet us. We make our way off the tarred road and onto Jan Phillips Mountain Drive, which leads us into the pristine Paarl Mountain and Nature Reserve, with the jagged peaks of the Paardeberg mountains glistening in the distance.
Cycling through this shaded sanctuary, we make our way towards the mighty Paarl Rock. We climb up the hill and are rewarded with magnificent views of the valley below. Afterward, we ease our way downhill and into a Cheese and Wine Estate where we sample their selection of cheeses and award winning wines. Continue along a tractor trail, meandering through lush vineyards with wonderful views - Table Mountain is visible on a clear day. This wonderful trail connects a couple of wine estates. We try some of their best wines while enjoying a gourmet lunch. Our cycling ends at Seidelberg Wine Estate, and we are shuttled back to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Cycle Safety Checklist
Please familiarise yourself with the following checklist before you commence your cycling trip.
• Always ride in a straight line about 1 metre out from the kerb or parked vehicles.
• Always look ahead and constantly check the road for hazards and dangers.
• Always communicate with other road users - make your intentions clear. Try and make eye contact with the other road user.
• Always keep both hands on your bikes handlebars - except if signalling your intention to turn.
• Always maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle (or bike) in front of you.
• Always respect and obey the road rules and regulations.
• Always wear a protective helmet and if cycling at dusk or night, wear reflective clothing.
• Always ride in a responsible and sensible manner.