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Embrace the weekend and get outdoors! If you enjoy cycling, we’ve put together some easy routes that allow you the feeling of getting out the city, without having to drive too far.

It’s about strapping up your bike, gathering your friends or family (optional), grabbing some snacks to keep you peddling, (maybe even some coffee to get you started!) and exploring a place you’ve never been before. Not only is the exercise good for your health, but mentally it can improve your mood and ability to focus.

It’s all about #microadventures – an adventure that is short, simple, local and cheap when still being fun and challenging. We have such a beautiful country and picturesque views on our doorstep – so let’s get going!

  1. Margate, KZN: Clearwater MTB Trail
    Level: Easy
    There are 5 routes in the Clearwater trails, ranging from 2km to 16 km and they run along the Mtamvuna River. You will enjoy views of the river gorge and the Indian Ocean. Most of the routes are shaped for biking, but walkers and dogs can enjoy the 2km route.
  2. Gauteng: The Central Park Trail
    A mere 8km from Sandton, it’s hard to believe you can feel so outdoors right here. It has amazing terrain and birdlife to enjoy along your route. There are various trail catering to different levels from beginners to advanced so everyone can enjoy the day out. They are easily named as the Green Route, Yellow Route and Red Route.
  3. Cape Town: The Constantia Greenbelt
    Level: Easy
    The Greenbelt is in the lush and green suburb of Constantia and has numerous routes for cyclists to explore. You can even cycle thought the local rolling vineyards. If you are on holiday and haven’t brought your bike, you can join a cycling and wine tour by Bike & Saddle.
    All the Constantia trails are clearly marked for cyclist but keep an eye out for pedestrian and their fury friends who also enjoy these routes.
    The Alphen trial is a good one to start. It is only 8km and easy and flat for beginners. You will wind past rivers, trees, gardens and fields.

Photo by Nils Palluth on Reshot.