What you need to know for Cape Town

The Freedom Ride is aimed at all levels of capability. If you are a first time novice rider or an experienced racer you can enjoy the FNB Freedom Ride for exactly what it is: a large scale social ride that travels through the communities of Cape Town.

YOU NEED TO REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE
You can either register your participation here via our Eventbrite page.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
1. Your bike
2. Your helmet (compulsory)
2. Your ticket.
3. Your medical aid info and/or a contact number in case of emergency
4. A waterbottle (at least 1 litre) and a snack

GETTING TO THE START
As this is a point to point ride, we STRONGLY recommend you do not park at the start, but rather ride there from a convenient nearby location and utilize public transport connections where ever possible.

Metro Rail, Golden Arrow and My Citi services have all agreed to permit bicycles on their services on the day. This may involve an additional cost.

START TIME AND LOCATION

Map of the Ride Start

Click to view start map

Please congregate in the Service Road parallel to Milner Road leading to Common Ground Church (see Start Map) from 7am where you will be sorted into start groups with your Ride Marshals.

Riders must all complete a rider identification card, containing emergency contact information, prior to the start and carry this with them at all times throughout the event.

 

 

ON THE RIDE
Groups of about 200-300 riders will be setting off from the start from 8am at 1 minute intervals. Each group will be accompanied by 1 or 2 of our Ride Marshals to assist with route navigation, traffic and junctions and general safety and support.

Riders must all wear helmets and are strongly advised to carry a minimum of 1 litre of water and a snack.

All riders must pay due regard to the instructions of their Ride Marshals and all static marshals at junctions and must obey the commands of all police officers connected with the management of the event.

Click to view finish map

Click to view finish map

AT THE FINISH
Please refer to the Finish Map. Ride Marshals will escort groups of riders back to the Metro Rail City Station, the My Citi Civic Centre terminus, the Central Bus Station and pick up points along Bree Street. Please ensure you have your onward journey planned.

 

 

AFTER THE RIDE – WOMEN’S DAY EVENTS
The 9th August is National Women’s Day in South Africa, a public holiday that honors the women of our nation – those who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid government and those who continue to lead our country forward. Join in the celebration with these Women’s Day Events happening in the city.

FAQs

Is it a race? No, this event is most definitely not a race. We have planned a 27km route to take approximately 3 hours so an average speed of roughly 9kph, including pre-determined stop points along the way.

Can I register on the day? Yes you can, but we do have a cap on numbers and also so we can manage the event better, we strongly recommend online registration to ensure your place.

Can I bring my kids along? (Age Restrictions) Children age 12 and over may ride single bikes.
Age 10 and over may ride on tandem, with an adult on the front. No under 10’s will be allowed to take part in the event, due to safety and logistical conditions.

Where can I rent a bicycle? There a many different Bicycle rental services in Cape Town. Please have a look at Bicycle Cape Town’s City Guide to see the closest rental services to you.

Where can I find more information about cycling in Cape Town?
Visit Bicycle Cape Town’s website. It is packed with resources from maps, routes and tips and advice on city cycling.