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. (

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. (

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. (

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