Ladies Cycling Clubs and Group Rides Across South Africa

by | Nov 1, 2022 | Bike, Training, Training Programmes, Where To Ride

A directory of ladies cycling clubs and group rides in cities across South Africa to help you find a nearby group that you can join for the ride.

We have gathered together info on a whole bunch of ladies riding clubs from around the country so that you can find a group you feel comfortable and happy to ride with on your own terms!

Cape Town

Club / Group Name: Barrier Breakers Femme Fridays

Who we are: Women’s cycling advocacy project created to connect, inspire and empower women through cycling. Based in Cape Town, SA.
Road or MTB: Road
When and where group rides happen: East City Cycles. Friday Morning @ 5:30am (road ride)
Contact person and details for joining the group: Cape Town WhatsApp Group
Fee to join group: Free

Club / Group Name: Trail Angels

Who we are: Trail Angels began with just 6 ladies, who met once a week in 2012 and has grown into South Africa’s largest women-only MTB club, based in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. We offer 5 riding groups based on fitness and skill levels – from those who are new to the sport and need a helping hand to get started, to those who need some encouragement and inspiration to ladies who want to compete in events. Everyone finds their group.
When and where group rides happen: Southern Suburbs. 8:30 Monday to Friday (depending on group)
Road or MTB: MTB
Contact person and details for joining the group: Nikki Haywood: [email protected] / 082 468 3552
Fee to join group: R200 per ride

Ladies Cycling Group Cape Town Trail Angels
The Trail Angles are a hugely popular ladies cycling group based in Cape Town. (c) Trail Angels

Club / Group Name: Dirt Addict

Who we are: We are an active lifestyle community, built for women, by women. We focus on creating a safe, inspiring space where women can connect through cycling and running.
Road or MTB: MTB
When and where group rides happen: We are based in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. Most rides currently happen in and around the area on the road and trails over weekends. But we do also venture to other areas.
Contact person and details for joining the group: Rides are arranged on our Whatsapp group and can be suggested by any of our members. It has created flexibility and new friendships. We are exploring a weekly trail ride which is either on a Wednesday or Thursday (after work).
Anja van der Colff – +27 74 601 3084 / [email protected]
Fee to join group: Free

Club / Group Name: Pretty Pedal

Who we are: Ladies road cycling and mtb small group rides coached by Kate Slegrova, who is certified cycling and mtb coach.
Join us to get stronger, fitter, more skilled and meet new friends. 
Road or MTB: Road and MTB
When and where group rides happen: Start 8 or 8:30am in Atlantic Seaboard & varied locations around Cape Town, Tokai, Tygerberg MTB club, etc.
Contact person and details for joining the group: Kate Slegrova – 076 5791722 
Fee to join group: R250 Per Ride

Johannesburg

Club / Group Name: Vukani / Ciovita Cycling Club

Who we are: We accommodate ladies of all fitness levels on Wednesdays and Sundays through Ciovita and Vukani Cycling Club.
Road or MTB: Road
When and where group rides happen: Wednesday at 5am sharp. Motherland Coffee at the Hobart shopping centre, Bryanston. Sundays you’ll need to contact Mamello or Sipho as the locations change across Joburg
Contact person and details for joining the group: Mamello – 083 279 3976 / Sipho – 060 325 7116 as the locations change across Joburg
Fee to join group: Free

Club / Group Name: CLAW (Cycle Lab Active Women)

Who we are: CLAW is a fun-focused, Social MTB group for women by women, based in Gauteng. Our core aim is to create non-intimidating riding opportunities for women, where they can build their MTB confidence, in a safe and fun environment. #realwomenrealfun.
Road or MTB: MTB
When and where group rides happen: 6 rides per week, every week.
Wednesday’s Social ride 8.30am – various parks in and around Johannesburg.
Thursday Singletrack Session 4.30pm at Cycle Lab Bike Park.
Friday Singletrack Session 8.30am at Cycle Lab Bike Park.
Friday 4.30pm Singletrack Session at Wolwespruit Bike Park.
Saturday Beginner & Social rides 7.30am Northern Farm and Big Red Barn
Contact person and details for joining the group: Joanne Badenhorst – [email protected] / 0832797797
Fee to join group: Various options starting from R149pm. Don’t need to be a Cycle Lab Member to join group rides.

Ladies Cycling Clubs In Gauteng Johannesburg And Pretoria
Cycle Lab Active Women explore the trails of Gauteng!

Club / Group Name: Girls Support Girls Cycling Club

Who we are: Girls Support Girls was founded by Jillian Jacobs.  It’s a group of like minded, positive women who believe in living well, making a contribution and rather like riding the odd bicycle or two.
Road or MTB: Road and MTB
When and where group rides happen: Morning rides are from Seattle Grosvenor crossing Tuesday to Friday – 4h50am depart.
Saturday: Ride into the Cradle of Mankind. 70-100km rides.
Summer times 6am / Winter times 7am
Sundays usually a easy ride up the ‘Spruit’. 45km starting at 6h30/7am
Zwift rides in winter.
Contact person and details for joining the group: Jill – [email protected] / +27 83 382 0161
Fee to join group: R1500 per year to join club. Includes a riding shirt and club rides.

Ladies Cycling Clubs In South Africa Johannesburg
The Practice in Joburg offer great skills coaching for female riders.

Club / Group Name: #SheRides @ The Practice

Who we are: Our passion is to help woman from beginners to elite professionals fall in love with their biking. We have several Internationally certified female skills instructors helping assist riders across a wide range of private and group clinics across most of our provinces.
Road or MTB: Road and MTB
When and where group rides happen:
Wednesday mornings: Saint Stithian’s College MTB Track – 06:30 to 07:45 focus is mainly on Intermediate to Advanced level riders but beginner and novices are welcome.
Friday mornings: Cycle Lab Bike Park – 06:30 to 07:30 – Beginner to Intermediate level riders and perfect for new beginners & novice riders.
First Saturday of each month: Ladies road skills clinic – Taroko trails parking area – 07:30 to 09:00
Contact person and details for joining the group: Marc Fourie – 083 779 5879 / [email protected]
Fee to join group: R115 per week for group sessions. Private skills sessions from R460. Road Clinic is R350 per person.

Durban

Club / Group Name: Giba Gals

Who we are: The Giba Gals is a social ladies riding group that cater for all fitness and skills levels. Groups are guided by BICP certified coaches who are there to help you improve your riding.
Road or MTB: MTB
When and where group rides happen: Monday morning,  Wednesday morning and Friday morning
Monday – 8.30am – Ladies – All Levels
Wednesday – 8.30am, 3pm, 6pm night ride – Everyone of all levels welcome
Friday – 8.30am – Enduro rides – Intermediate to Advanced
Contact person and details for joining the group: Fiona – 0795087268 / [email protected]
Fee to join group: There are no charges involved to join the Giba Gals but we do suggest you purchase a Giba Membership (R100 per month) if you are going to be riding with us often.

Club / Group Name: Ama Angels

Who we are: This is a non-threatening, friendly, fun environment that caters for all level of rider. From the complete novice to the proficient rider.   Ladies get to enjoy the trails with peace of mind under the care of our proficient, helpful and caring guides who are there to bring everyone, however slow or fast, home safely.
Road or MTB: MTB
When and where group rides happen: Tuesday and Thursday Morning, Sugar Rush Park Ballito
Contact person and details for joining the group: [email protected] / 073 153 0986
Fee to join group:

If you organise a regular women’s cycling group and would like to be added to this page, contact us on [email protected]

Disclaimer: This page serves as a guide. Information on this page may be come outdated after the date of publishing as groups change their routines and structures. We recommend reaching out to the contacts provided for the most up to date information.