The Western Province Pedal Power Association is an extremely active organisation promoting every facet of cycling in the region. Though more focused onevents than on social riding, their website offers an excellent entry point to all things cycling.
The Dirtopia brand is synonymous with mountain-biking in the Western Cape. Meurant Botha and Arina van der Vyver stage events, build and maintain hiking and biking trails and assist other organisers with the routes and management of their events. Seemingly tireless in his passionate dedication to the sport, Botha has not only been actively involved in organising the opening of many of Table Mountain’s trails to mountain bikers, but has built and maintained many of them himself.
City Cycling Club - Tel: 021-943-4700
Pedal Power Association - Tel: 021-689-8420
Peninsula Cycling Club - Cell: 082-417-8419
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The Tokai Arboretum is a national monument maintained by Safcol. The aim is ‘to provide an educational and recreational resource by preserving, growing and displaying forest trees’. The 1 555 individual trees represent 274 species. Each one’s location is indicated on a large map at the entrance to the area, prompting visits by botanists from around the globe. Among the other regular visitors are Capetonian foodies with baskets in hand, who carefully select the edible mushrooms found amongst the 15 fungus species that are represented.
Cyclists on the Peninsula are accustomed to the sight of baboons, so might find it surprising to learn that after they have lived here for more than a million years, their existence is now endangered. Road cyclists will be very familiar with the Smitswinkel, Plateaux Road and Slangkop troops, with mountain bikers often finding themselves watched by the Tokai troop in the plantation, or the Da Gama Park and Klein and Groot Olifantbos troops en route to the Red Hill, Black Hill and Scarborough rides.
Those baboons with the distinctive red, swollen buttocks are the females in oestrus, prompting much fighting amongst the males. Their sharp teeth, however, are only used for fighting amongst themselves and they are unlikely to attack riders unless provoked. Do not, however, try to retrieve stolen items from a baboon. Baboons feed mostly on plant parts, such as fruit, shoots, roots, bulbs and flowers, small animals such as tortoises, and bird eggs.