Living loud with Liezel: Back in the cycling game

By Liezel van der Westhuizen

By Liezel van der Westhuizen

After two years of not feeling motivated to cycle, due to a bad cycling accident where I cracked my pelvis and that kept me out of action, I recently started again.
It has taken me two years to get over my mental block, but I’m glad I’m back on the horse, if you’ll excuse me mixing metaphors. I started slowly with one cycle around the block and then made it to 5km, then 10km and now I am discovery the new coffee cycle stops around Cape Town.
Last weekend I went for a long cycle with my cycling mates Mike Finch and Jan Braai and I did something for the first time ever – I stopped halfway on our route for a cup of coffee.
I personally could never understand what the point was of cyclists stopping for coffee, so I reluctantly agreed, but after a while I found I actually enjoyed sitting back with company discussing the finer points of cycling over a hot beverage.

So I decided to compile a list of some cycling coffee shops in Cape Town:

Café Roux
Café Roux is a family run business, open daily for breakfast, lunch and cakes. It is situated under the oak trees, en route to Chapman’s Peak Drive in beautiful Noordhoek. (caferoux.co.za/)

The Handle Bar
The Handle Bar is a new pop-up cycling-orientated coffee shop in Cape Town. Since its launch, our rides have shifted start and end venues to include a stop at the Handle Bar. The vibe is cycling, the coffee is superb and the owners are passionate about the place. (thehandlebar.co.za)

Department of Coffee
Trendy, locally owned coffee shop opposite the Khayelitsha train station. Join in on the Coffeemob – catch a train to Khayelitsha open day. For R77, cyclists get their train ticket, an escorted cycle tour, a cappuccino & muffin. (Bookings are essential: 082 445 4074)

Tribakery in Tokai
This place is perfect after riding trails in the Tokai Forest. Complete with bicycle racks and great cycling breakfast offers. (www.tribakery.co.za)

If you know of any other great cycling stops, feel free to tweet me @liezelv. Happy cycling.