Video: This is UR World – The Power of the Bike Culture in Cape Town
In December, Sam Reynolds and Fabien Cousinié met in Cape Town with their enduro bikes with the goal to explore the trails in the area. What they didn't realize is that 1 week wouldn't be enough!
They found that Cape Town had a lot to offer. There are many trails centres like Jonkershoek or Helderberg with fun single tracks and berms for days plus the more you climb, the more technical it gets. Lots of vineyards open their doors to mountain bikers and build trails around the vines.
They took a trip outside of Cape Town to go ride on a farm where the owner has been building trails since he was a kid. His trails are open to the public and accommodation can be found on site for a super cool gateway. They also had the chance to ride the private trails of Ike, a 13 years old rider.
For riders living close to town, they even have 2 trails in the city centre! It’s super cool to see that people that own land are open to the fact of building trails and sharing it with the public. The diversity of trails and the landscape make Cape Town definitely a sweet place to go on a bike trip!
Being in South Africa, it was important for the guys to give back. That is why they flew with a bicycle and a bag full of used gear to give to kids that don’t have much.
They met with SONGO, an organisation that works to improve the lives of children living in townships by providing them a safe place to learn skills in riding, training and racing. Sam and Couscous went to the BMX track that Songo built in Kayamandi for a fun afternoon on the track. These kids were killing it on their BMX bikes.
It was also amazing to see other kids from the township just come by to cheer their friends and watch. When those kids tried Sam and Couscous bikes, they had huge smiles and were so stoked!
They were taken by 2 kids to the township to show them their everyday reality and talk about life here. One of those kids is training to attend Cape Epic with the help of Songo, how amazing is that?
Traveling in South Africa you can’t but notice the huge difference between the rich and the poor. But is pretty amazing to see how getting on 2 wheels can connect everyone and that the colour of your skin or your salary doesn’t matter once you get on a bike.
The beauty of Cape Town lies as much in its scenery than in its people!
Big thanks to Ewald, Deon, Gavin, Ike and the Neethling brothers.