Getaway (South Africa) - - ESCAPE ADVENTURE -

Fol­low­ing a surge in pop­u­lar­ity around the world, bikepack­ing is be­gin­ning to take off in SA. It’s a new way of trav­el­ling by bi­cy­cle that em­pha­sises ex­plo­ration and get­ting off the well-worn roads. As Bikepack­ing.com ex­plains: ‘It evokes the free­dom of multi-day back­coun­try hik­ing, but with the range and thrill of moun­tain bik­ing. It’s about ex­plor­ing places less trav­elled via sin­gle-track trails, gravel and aban­doned dirt roads, car­ry­ing only the es­sen­tial gear.’

South Africa, with its sprawl­ing web of gravel roads, is the ideal place for bikepack­ing. In re­sponse to the grow­ing in­ter­est, PE-based Mom­sen Bikes has pro­duced two gravel bikes ideal for bikepack­ing (see page 60). A lo­cal fa­ther-and-son team has launched a web­site, Bikepack­ing. africa, to cre­ate a database of free-to-ride routes around the coun­try. Tour com­pa­nies of­fer­ing cater­ing ex­pe­ri­ences are also pop­ping up, while many rid­ers are fore­go­ing the big MTB events for do-it-your­self al­ter­na­tives.

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