December 7, 2011

My Favorite Places

It’s been a while since I made a list like this and it occurred to me that I better do it before the year is over. Maybe you can discover some new things in this list, if you`re Capetonian or just an athlete…

Places to Eat

La Boheme in Sea Point, for its outstanding food & wine and it’s memories with amazing people.
El Burro for its very delicious food and authentic experience. The only place close on the Mexican scale is Wahaca in Londontown.
Chai Yo in Mowbray is the real deal. Love the food there.

Places to Drink

Sotano is where I like to take the mrs for a glass of wine and some tapas to nibble. It’s relaxed and the wine list is amazing.
&Union needs no intro. Great wine, great beer, great pregos.
Round House has a Terrace outside where you can sit and sip a magnificent bottle of wine quietly whilst watching over the Camps Bay strip.

Places to Swim

Grabouw Country Club. Where we race Xterra SA Champs.
Silvermine, otherwise known as Godspool to a select few who know.
Durban (Addington to North Beach and back) is the best sea swim around.

Places to Ride

Double Century Loop out near the farm, cutting it a little short, its 180km of solo epicness.
Day 2, Sani2c is without a doubt the best day of mountain biking out there.
Day 3, Epic Unsupported Tour (through de Hel) is a slog at points and a crazy downhill at points, a test of will at points and just a crazy day, really.

Places to Run

Signal Hill / Lions Head Loop. 14km with 560m of vertical gain in there, loads of single track and the best views around. I can walk out my door and be on the trail in 5min.
Cecilia Forest into Kirstenbosch is one of my favorite places to run. Fast running with lots of jumps and stairs.
Promenade (strange, but I really love running the Prom when its quiet) in Cape Town is a place to improve speed whilst losing yourself in the moment.

Places to Chill

The Ledge above Kasteelpoort above Camps Bay. A place to feel humble and remain in touch with your roots.
Kleinhoekkloof is incredibly special to me. For many, many reasons.
Home (I LOVE my home) is where the heart is. Seriously, if you can’t chill at home, where can you chill?

Cycling Websites

Marc Perel is incredibly passionate about cycling. A bro in the know… (with a mild ‘cross and TT obsession)
Cycling Tips has some incredible photography for those who want to know why cycling is beautiful.
The Inner Ring is the soul of cycling and they get to the heart of the matter.

If you hover over the name of each of those, the link will pop up and you will find their online presence.

That’s about it. Let me know if you need more details on any of these…

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