Cycling in St Francis
Here are some route descriptions for the greater St Francis. For group rides, contact Tyrone Kindness from Custombikes, Village Centre on 042 2940 349 to be added to the Custombikes WhatsApp Group. Tyrone can also assist with digital maps for these routes.
St Francis single track loop
20km route with 70 % single track with tar and gravel sections between St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis. Starting in St Francis heading to Port St Francis, you continue from the harbour along Otters Landing turning into Cape St Francis Nature Reserve . Once passed Cape St Francis Resort, you head right into the Irma Booysen Flora Nature Reserve, down to Seal Point joining a designated single track around the light house. Then back into Irma Booysen, onto the R330 and right into St Francis Field with a single track section that links you back to St Francis Drive and back to town.
Starting in St Francis, this 37km route with 60 % gravel and 30% tar is a fast scenic route that takes you out on the R330 , left towards Oyster Bay passing the wind farms , crossing over the Kromme River heading to Humansdorp and passing a number of dairy farms and back to St Francis via the R330.
Oyster Bay loop
Starting in St Francis heading towards Oyster bay, 56 km and 650m of climbing, 85% gravel and 15% tar with wonderful views of the mountains and coastline. Once passed Oyster Bay you head inland towards Impofu dam and turn right and head back passing the wind farm and back to St Francis.
Starting in St Francis heading towards Oyster Bay, 73km with 874m of climbing 90% gravel 10% tar, the route takes you parallel to Impofu dam and right back towards Oyster Bay with stunning views of the coast line and dunes passing all the wind farms in the area and heading back to St Francis.
Round the mountain
104km and 1529m for climbing, 85 % gravel and 15% tar , leaving St Francis and heading to Oyster Bay turning right towards Humansdorp passing through the town, cross the N2 on the R330 then head out to towards to mountains with a left turn onto the R332 with a loop around the mountain and descend back towards St Francis with a full coastal view of J bay and St Francis .
Mountain bikers can enjoy safe and extreme cycling at Kamaria situated just off the Oyster Bay Road. Three individual routes cater for all levels of riders, with the easy Yellow Route a perfect starting point for beginners and families with kids; this is non-technical and perfect to introduce novices to off-road cycling.
The Green Route is for average mountain bikers, with easier technical sections. A 3.2km lap features flowing singletrack with berms, tabletops and about 70m of climbing. A technical, longer Red Route is for competitive mountain bikers, with testing rock gardens along a 6.5km lap including steep ascents. Facilities include bathrooms, a kiosk, play area and pet farm - contact Sumare on +27-82 / 550 9606