Cycling is a popular pursuit in Sedgefield. It is a serious sport for some and a hobby for others. In our little village many people cycle to town to buy their daily groceries or to collect their mail or to pay their monthly bills.
We get a good feeling when we see families of tourists riding bicycles around Sedgefield. It’s that kind of place – it’s a fun way to slow down to the speed of nature and get some healthy exercise in Sedgefield’s scenic outdoors whilst easing off the treadmill of hectic city life.
Bikes for the whole family can be hired at our local cycle shop including one or two seater kiddies' trailers.
Freedom on two wheels is the ultimate experience - Henry Cole
Sedgefield is fortunate to have living here, Eugene Roux, a man of knowledge and experience who is recognised throughout South Africa as an expert in his field. Eugene assisted by his wife, Stephanie, owns and runs the local up-beat cycle shop “Cycleworx” which caters comprehensively for this sport.
He has a club, organises bike tours, and hires out bikes on a daily/hourly basis. If you’ve left something behind, Eugene's shop will have it. If you need your bike repaired, Eugene's maintenance crew will fix it. If you need some cycling advice about the area, Eugene will be able to provide it. It’s the one-stop bicycle shop – no question!
If you’re just visiting for a short time you are welcome to join the club for a social ride every Sunday morning (unless they have all gone away for the weekend) which they sometimes do.
Cross the N2 highway at the robot, turn left at the road running parallel to the N2 and 2 blocks down is “The Gym”, run by Eugene’s daughter, Bronwyn. Spinning classes are available there when you can’t take to the road or you just want some varied exercise.
Once a month at full moon, there is a fun social moonlight ride around the Island starting from Sedgefield Arms. It's about 10 kilometers and anyone can come along. There is an optional meal at the Arms afterwards. To be put on the mailing list contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eugene is able to tailor-make tours factoring in all the necessary elements for an enjoyable experience and has examples on his website of what can be configured. You will be surprised and delighted by the wonderful rides you can enjoy around the Garden Route and beyond. There are on-road outings and mountain bike trails that include mountain, forest and fynbos experiences. It all depends on what you'd like to do.
Up-coming events social or otherwise are noted on the website. Various excursions are planned through-out the year including a popular 600km one from Hermanus to Mossel Bay for “seniors” who are known as the "Eden Eezy Riders".
On Eugene's website he also has a list of cycle routes that you can do by yourself. They detail the route and the distance with a map, all of which can be printed out so you can take it with you. He does such a good job that it is pointless for me to repeat it here.
The Garden Route Trail Park is nestled at the very foot of the Outeniqua Mountains and the Karatara River Gorge, midway between George and Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route. Bring the whole family to experience the magic.
Carefully designed routes provide riders of all levels with an oversupply of adrenalin, excitement, scenery and amazing views. Over 20km of hand built single track in the infamous farmer tradition, with flowing turns, burms, rollers and river crossings.
Runners will discover a flowing forest trail and have the chance to enjoy massive rock pools, waterfalls and boulders in the upper reaches of the Karatara River.