The Annual 8 Passes Run has become a Harley® institution in Cape Town over the last few years, attracting riders from all over the Western Cape and across many chapters and enthusiast clubs. With a route of 480km's across 8 passes, riders are guaranteed some of the best views and roads that South Africa has to offer.
Riders gathered at Harley-Davidson Tyger Valley from 7am on Sunday the 4th February with the common goal of enjoying the day on two wheels, making new friends and of course qualifying for their pin at the end! The weather was perfect for riding and the atmosphere was alive with excitement as riders began to pull onto the road for this adventure!
The 8 Passes Run sees the bikers ride straight through to Malmesbury, past Riebeeck Kasteel, Tulbagh and Ceres. Greenery and bridges lead the packs through Montague and onto Robertson. A quick glimpse at our drought-stricken Theewaterskloof Damn is a stark reminder of the need to do everything in our power to conserve water as riders move on to the final pass: Franschhoek Pass. Franschhoek Pass is a true test of any rider's skill with hairpin turns and a very steep drop along the side!
The final destination for the ride is the Franschhoek Station Pub and Grill. Riders coming in at their own pace stop at the restaurant to collect their coveted 8 Passes Run pin which is worn with pride, and to also grab something to eat and drink.
A sea of smiles and pats on the back among riders for completing this route are what you can expect to see at the finish line! Well done to everyone that took part this year and of course to the H.O.G. Tyger Valley Chapter for organising the ride as well as standing in the heat to direct riders at crucial turning points. We look forward to the next one and hope to see you there!