Cycling is a great sport, but a bicycle is not only made to compete or used as sports equipment. It is a popular leisure activity and also a means of transportation. The World Bicycle Day 2022 makes us question whether we do have a cycling culture in Mauritius.
World Bicycle Day 2022
The United Nations has declared the 3rd of June as World Bicycle Day on the 12th of April 2018. Bicycles are a sustainable and eco-friendly means of transport used by millions worldwide. World Bicycle Day acknowledges the excitement of riding a bicycle and the durability and longevity of the bicycle, which has been in use for more than 200 years.
In Mauritius, cycling helps people travel every day around the island, especially intra-villages such as Mahebourg. Mauritius is a beautiful island, and Mauritians and tourists use cycling as a way to discover some unreachable locations by car.
Bicycles are eco-friendly, reliable and cost-effective. As of now, people are considering switching to bicycles instead of cars for short distances because of the rising fuel prices.
Cycling trails in Mauritius
There are many cycling routes all over the island; for beginners, amateurs, and professionals. These cycling routes go along peaceful and gorgeous landscapes. On the coastal area, the cycling routes take you from fishing village to fishing village, allowing you to explore the beautiful lagoons of Mauritius.
Here are some scenic cycling routes in Mauritius:
1. Baie du Cap to La Prairie
The route starts at Baie du cap, a fishing village in the south of Mauritius that offers majestic scenic views such as Maconde or even a clear ocean picture. It is a peaceful route with a fresh sea breeze while cycling.
Mahebourg is a little coastal village in the southeast of Mauritius that has kept its colonial charm from the past. The people live in simplicity, and many live off fishing. There are typical street food and paved roads. You can start the cycling route at the Waterfront and cycle until you reach the beach. You will pass in front of the Preskil Island Resort, and then if you take a minute to stop, you will be able to admire the breathtaking view of the Montagne Du Lion across the sea.
3. Black River Gorges
The Black River Gorges is the largest natural reserve on the island and is situated in the southwest part of Mauritius. There are some trails in the reserve, but they can be challenging for beginners.
Tips for cyclers
- Frequently make sure that your bicycle is in good condition.
- Check the weather forecast, although the weather in Mauritius is quite unstable. You do not want to get caught cycling in the rain, especially if you are a beginner.
- Make sure to stop in a safe place, away from the main road, if you want to enjoy the sights.
- Avoid cycling at night. It is unsafe as many roads lack light at night or have potholes.
- Always carry a puncture kit with you. You never know when it can happen.
Mauritius 100km Cycle Tour
The Mauritius 100km Cycle Tour is an annual race started in 1993 to raise Mauritian Charities and NGOs funds. Mauritius’s most extensive cycle event has had local and international winners. The race only started from Blue Bay and ended at Mon Choisy Beach in 2012.
This Year, the race will be on the 25th of September 2022. The race will start on the West Coast and end on the East Coast. Riders will have to cut across the island to reach the final destination.
Ingrid Roussel, YUVA Intern