The Whale coast – Welcome to cycling heaven.

If you are a hairy legged, trail seeking, mud maniac or a smooth shaven, lycra wearing, racing snake or just a beach cruiser, you have just hit the jackpot.

For the mountain bikers the Whale Coast offer more variety than chocolates in Forest Gump’s box.

Come and get your permit from our shop and head up into MTb and singletrack heaven up the Hemel en Aarde Valley. Oom Schalk and his team are constantly building new trails for you to test your skills on and every week there are more challenging or exciting routes. There are magnitudes of trails crisscrossing the valley and you are able to loose yourself for hours on end. Currently the route crosses 15 farms and we have more than 500 annual members – obviously it is the place to ride!!

Curretnly 4 routes – Black, Red, Blue and green exist each with its own grading and distance. Check out www.hermanusadventures.co.za for more info.

 

Other options for those who would like a little bit more distance is to head up all the way to towns and places like to Caledon, Tesselaarsdal, Karwyderskraal, Botriver and Kleinmond. No wonder Hermanus was voted best stop over when the famous Cape Epic passed along these shores.

 

As if that was not enough, point your nose in the direction of Stanford and visit Salmonsdam where the mountains will greet you with open arms sending you on lung busting routes passing small settlements like Baardskeerdersbos and Elim and so you can continue all the way to the southern most point of Africa, Cape Agulas.

 

If you want to drive over the mountain – or more like the top of the mountain there are plenty of trails found in the Grabouw area, with stunning routes running from places like Lebanon, Thandi, Paul Cluver Estate and Oak Valley Estate. These routes are all marked and you just pay your entrance fee at the gate and you are off. The smile-factor on these routes is off the charts.

Now the roadies are in for a treat. Not many places in South Africa offer you a nice open winding road with a broad shoulder to cycle in taking you all along the coast towards Gordon’s Bay. The scenes are breathtaking and include wide, open beaches, fynbos, golfing estates and views over Walker Bay and False Bay that will send you searching for your camera. Hill training can be done heading up the pass towards Houwhoek Inn, have a cup of coffee, catch your breath and head on back. Rotary Way just outside Hermanus will also test your lung capacity. What more could one ask.

The beach cruisers will have a treat cruising our very own blue flag beach at Grotto all the way to Voelkilp and then on towards the Old Harbour where you can sit and watch time go by. Once that is done, you can extend your cruising to the new harbour all along the magnificent houses on Westcliff. Another cruising favourite is to head on down to Onrus and follow the coastline all the way to Vermont.

As you can see, there is ample for everyone. Please remember to where your helmets and contact us any time, we’ll happily point you in the right direction or inform you of organized group rides. For those who forgot their bicycles, fear not, we offer rental options for all shapes and sizes. Thus there are no more excuses – Welcome to our cycling paradise and come and share it with us.