Cycling has grown in popularity throughout
Trinidad and attracts all age groups and sexes. The network of old agricultural
& oilfield roads plus (relatively) quiet country roads, along with hiking paths
provide a range of surfaces and environments for riding. In addition terrain ranges from
flat land to rolling inclines to hillsides. For those with a preference for road biking
almost every area of Trinidad has country roads with reduced vehicle traffic. The
cross-country rider will be able to find undulating land with natural vistas. Those whose
interest lies in mountain biking can find forest trails with logs, bamboo and streams
across the trail requiring navigation and dexterity.
Individuals who like competitive circuit racing can join one of several cycling clubs.
There are also triathlon and adventure racing events throughout the year. On many weekends
there are fun rides and racing events for children.
The most popular area for cycling is the Chagaramas
penninsula which has a network of old military & agricultural roads plus forest
paths providing every type of cycling environment. If you do not own a bicycle, rentals
are available at Williams Bay in Chaguaramas. The Chaguaramas Biking Trails and
Bike Rides in Chaguaramasarticles provides more information on the biking trails in Chaguaramas. Another area in
close proximity to Port of Spain with a varied network of road surfaces and lower
vehicular traffic is the Santa Cruz valley. A challenging road ride with numerous uphill
and downhill sections is the North Coast road from Maraval
to Blanchisseuse. In Blanchissuese, the road beyond the Spring Bridge is mainly dirt and
packed gravel with almost no vehicular traffic. It provides the opportunity to ride in a
pristine natural environment with only the occasional house along the side of the road.
For those desiring a strong cardiovascular workout, the Blanchisseuse to Arima Road is
mainly uphill until the crest of the mountain ranges are reached.
The Toco Main Road is another area that
provides uphill and downhill sections for the bicyclist along with magnificent sea views
plus a forest and country village environment. The Toco area, stretching from Matura to
Matelot and encompassing San Souci and Grande Riverie, also provides many opportunities
for the mountain biker. In each village there are side streets with low levels of
vehicular traffic that allow you to explore the villages at a slower pace. In addition the
numerous agricultural and logging traces provide opportunities to go off road. For those
staying in the Cumana area, Anglais Road, which stretches from Cumana to Sans Souci,
provides the ideal opportunity to get away from vehicles and ride through a mixture of
forest and roadside country houses.
The areas around Chaguanas, Couva and San
Fernando are laced with old agricultural dirt roads. The southern parts of the country
around Penal, Siparia, Fyzabad, Palo Seco and Point Fortin have an abundance of old
oilfield roads providing numerous areas for an individual to use their bicycle.
The Cedros area in the South Western penninsula
is approximately 2.5 hours drive from Port of Spain and 1.5 hours driving time from San
Fernando. For a very relaxing flat land ride, the Cedros area is
worth a visit as the Peninsula is very picturesque. The road winds through
small fishing villages with coconut plantations and the blue ocean surrounding the
peninsula. On a cycling jaunt through Cedros you have the opportunity to visit a mud volcano and engage
in other activities.
Manzanilla, Mayaro and Guyaguyare are another part of Trinidad that provide
a flat riding environment with magnificent views of the ocean.While riding along the Main
Road can be challenging at times because of fast moving vehicles, there are many side
roads to explore. In the Manzanilla area, Kernahan Trace and Cascadoux Trace allow the
rider to come off the Main Road and ride through areas that are birding hotspots. In Mayaro the numerous side streets leading to the beach allow
the casual pedaller to get some exercise while on holiday.
To find the areas referred to on this page, see the Trinidad Map. For cycling advice on a variety of topics such as Choosing the right bike,
Caring for your bicycle and Bicycle brakes, visit our Articles Page
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