A biker's guide to cycling in Tzaneen
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The fresh air against your face. The slice of wheel on ground. The adrenaline rush as you zip around corners. It's no secret Century 21 has an appreciation for cycling. We are the official partner of the Tour de France, after all. If the exhilarating event has you inspired, you're in the right place.
Tzaneen is a top cycling destination in South Africa. Alan Gordon, a local pro rider and Insect Science Ambassador, shares his insight for new cyclists in the area.
Find your passion
Whether it's your hobby or chance to compete, cycling will take up a fair share of your time. You will need to balance it with work, family and your social life. When every pedal stroke can seem like a challenge, it's important to remember why you started. It might be for good health, fun or the glory of winning a race.
"I have been cycling since I can remember," says Alan. "I was 12 years old when I did my first competition. I think I like it so much because I love to be outdoors in the bush."
Get the right gear
Before you get on your bike, it's important to have the right equipment. These are Alan's must-haves for budding cyclists:
- Cycling shorts
- Cycling jersey
- Cycling shoes
Set up your bike
To maximise your cycling potential, you should get your bike in order by a professional. Tzaneen Cycle Cafe, for example, will help you adjust your handlebar, saddle height and gears. They'll also check your tyre pressure.
Know your terrain
Pick a route that suits your level of expertise. It's important to consider factors like surface, traffic, safety and scenery.
"Tzaneen is one of the best places for cyclists," says Alan. "For road cycling, there are quiet ones in Agatha. For mountain biking, there are hills with challenging climbs. There are lots of open roads so you can go on a different route every day. You can also get altitude training when you cycle on Haenertsburg's Iron Crown trail."
Go at the right time
According to research, the time of day you cycle can impact your speed or weight loss goals. Whatever time you aim for, cycle consistently. Alan is a fan of early mornings.
"I love seeing the sunrise and enjoy the fresh air. In summer, it gets hot so going out before dawn can prevent a bad sunburn."
Join a group
Cycling alone can be a welcome escape. However, as a newbie, consider joining a group. A cycling partner can help you spot hazards and encourage you to keep cycling when you feel unmotivated. Tzaneen is ideal for group cycling. There's a well-established club in the area and a friendly vibe for newcomers.
"Cycling in Tzaneen is growing," observes Alan. "Some cycle to spend time with family, to get fit, lose weight, de-stress or to be competitive."
As your skills grow, you may feel confident enough to tackle a race. There are quite a few in Tzaneen. These include the Munnik Meerkat Mountainbike Challenge, Miami Magoebaskloof MTB Challenge, Vula Vula Road Race, Mooketsi MTB Challenge, ATKV Eiland Spa MTB & Trail Run, Insect Science MTB Classic and also a world-class stage race called the Magoeba Trek.
With its trails, events, views and rising cycling culture, Tzaneen is a biker's paradise. Like Alan, you'll get the most out of it by living in the area. Trust Century 21 to embrace your property goals as our own. We have over a hundred potential homes you can choose from. Contact our local real estate agent today.
Author: Century 21