Franschhoek is situated just a 1 hour drive from Cape Town, with breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and fine wines making it the perfect host town for riders and non-riders alike. If you’re joining us as a non-riding partner or fancy exploring after a day in the saddle, we’ve quizzed some locals and their must-do recommendations are as follows!
WHAT TO DO…
If you’re a cycling widow or widower don’t worry about what to do while your other half is tackling the HotChillee Cape Rouleur, you’ll be spoiled for choice! While there’s definitely nothing wrong with chilling by the pool, Franschhoek has so much to offer that we’d strongly urge you to resist the lure of the sun lounger and go and explore.
What better way to explore the world renowned wineries of the region than a hop-on-hop-off vintage tram and tram-bus network? There are eight lines with each one visiting a wide selection of estates and, in addition to tasting, several of the estates also boast world-class restaurants serving lunches and picnics. Find out more here.
Discover the real Franschhoek with the wonderful cultural tour that includes a medicinal herb garden, community projects, sampling traditional foods and a morning or afternoon tea at the beautiful Die Teesakkie. Find out more here.
A collection that spans more than 100 years of automotive history but, with opportunities to sample local produce at the deli, do a vintage drive or take a tram ride to Anthonij Rupert Wines, it’s not just for petrol heads. Find out more here.
In 1713 this beautiful area of the country was first referred to as de france hoek (the French corner) because it was largely inhabited by French speaking Huguenots who had fled religious persecution at home. This museum tells their story. Find out more here.
Designed by eminent French architect Patrice Taravella this stunning garden comprises of 15 distinct areas producing a staggering range of fruit, vegetables and herbs. From the heady botanic aromas in the warm air to the babbling of the streams and rills that water the garden, you’ll struggle to find a more tranquil location to pass a couple of hours. Find out more here.
Non-riding Partner Social Rides
Each year we invite non-riding partners to take part in daily supported social rides, leaving from the Event HQ. These are very relaxed, social and always punctuated by sightseeing and coffee stops, however riders will need to be able to ride 30km minimum. Bikes can be hired from Franschhoek Cycles or e-bikes from Day Trippers. There is no additional charge for the social rides.
WHERE TO EAT…
Franschhoek is a gastronomic hot-spot with a plethora of award winning restaurants. Whether you fancy treating yourself to a stunning brunch or a special holiday dinner, you’ll be spoiled for choice. And at the end of the day, your cycling other half will definitely have some calories to replace so here are our suggestions for five tables to book:
Situated on the Franschhoek Pass - which your other half will have ridden over, Haute Cabrière has been creating wines from Burgundian cultivars for the past 25 years. Offering breakfast, a takeaway bakery and deli, tapas and a French inspired à la carte dinner menu you can easily combine a meal with a wine tasting. Find out more and book here.
Its big brother La Colombe has received worldwide acclaim and now visitors to Franschhoek can experience the same exquisite cuisine in this intimate and charming new venture. Find out more and make a reservation here.
With 90% of their menu produced from the on-site farm, including Black Angus beef, forest reared pork and vegetable and herbs, this award winning restaurant epitomises contemporary farm to table dining. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Find out more and book here.
For a modern take on South African heritage cuisine, this beautiful restaurant, surrounded by tranquil gardens is the perfect way to experience the region’s diverse culinary traditions. Reservations are recommended. Find out more and reserve a table here.
Expect the unexpected with this multi-coursed global tapas inspired menu that is certain to introduce you to flavour sensations you’ll have never experienced before. Find out more and make a reservation here.