If you have registered for the Cape Town ‘Argus’ Cycle Tour 2015, you are in for a real treat! One of the world’s most beautiful bike rides, the Cape Argus is a spectacular 109km route around the Western Cape, and if you are wondering what the route is actually like, our Friday Photo Session will give you a peak into the world’s largest timed cycle race…
When entries for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2015 sold out in just 8-hours last month, a Cape Argus Mania seemed to hit the international cycling community! Panicked Tweets and flustered Facebook messages were plentiful from those who didn’t manage to secure their place on the world’s largest time cycle tour – which has led to the event organisers releasing a further 3,000 entries for those who missed out.
Unlike general Cape Argus entries, which are sold on a first come first served basis, the remaining 3,000 entries will be issued on a ‘ballot-style’ basis to those who have registered their interest on the official Cape Town Cycle Tour website by 14th October. So if you want to take part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour Lotto, now is the time to register!
If you do not manage to secure a general entry through the ballot, you can still register as an International Cyclist, or enter the Cape Argus 2015 through one of the many charities. All the charities listed on the official Cape Town Cycle Tour website need your support, such as Pink Chicks Cancer support and Sea Rescue, but if you are an animal lover like me, look out for Race4Rhino – a fantastic Rhino conservation project.
We will be riding the newly renamed Cape Town Cycle Tour on our bicycle made for two on March 8th 2015 – so why not join us, and cycle the world’s most beautiful coastline with a bunch of cycling mad friends!
The Cape Town ‘Argus’ Cycle Tour has always been a popular event, with some 35,000 cyclists taking part each year, but when registration opened on 26th September, I don’t think anyone realised just how popular this amazing cycle tour really is!
South African entries for the Cape Argus (can’t get used to calling it the Cape Town Cycle Tour yet!) sold out in just 8 hours this year – it usually takes 2-3 weeks, and while it is still possible for South African’s to ride for a charity, they will have to pay more for the privilege.
If you are one of the many South African’s that missed registration, you will be pleased to know that charity entries are set to open later this week, but you’ll need to be quick if you are to snap up one of the few remaining places! WWF have a great Cape Town Cycle Tour package, which includes guaranteed entry, a cycle jersey and a few other treats.
With a long list of cyclists to enrol in the Cape Argus 2015, I logged into registration at 2.37pm (it opened at 2pm) thinking that there would be a couple of thousand in front of me, so when my queue number came up as 19,856 I knew I was in for a long wait!
However, the system worked exactly as it should, and by 7.50pm, we were all enrolled on the most beautiful cycle tour in the world. I guess now we just need to start training!
If you didn’t manage to secure your entry on the Cape Town Argus Cycle Tour 2015, drop us a message, we would be more than happy to assist International Entrants with their trip to Cape Town!
In case you missed the “big announcement”, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour has a new name! No longer simply the Argus, the Cape Argus or the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour, the world’s largest timed cycle race is now called the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
Makes sense, I suppose, although I am sure many veterans of the race will struggle to refer to it as anything other than ‘The Argus’, but if it draws more international cyclists to Cape Town for this amazing annual event it will give the local economy a boost – and that’s always a good thing.
Here is what the event organisers had to say on the official Cape Town Cycle Tour Facebook page, along with a copy of the new logo:
“It is with great pleasure that we announce the official renaming of the iconic Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour to the Cape Town Cycle Tour in celebration of the event’s iconic status and increasing global appeal.
In association with our three co-naming right sponsors, Cape Argus, Pick n Pay and Momentum, we are thrilled to move into the next phase to becoming one of the world’s most desirable participation sporting events.”
If you intend to take part in the Cape Town ‘Argus’ Cycle Tour in March 2015, you will be pleased to know that registration opens at 2pm tomorrow afternoon (Cape Town time), so secure your place, and go down in history as one of the 35,000 cyclists to take part in the first ever Cape Town Cycle Tour!
Image courtesy of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust
If you are waiting to register for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015, then you will already know that the event organisers delayed registration this year until Friday, 26th September, to coincide with a “big announcement”.
As the Cape Argus is a big deal for us here at Equatours (we LOVE it!), we have been following the official Cape Argus Cycle Tour Facebook page with great interest over the past few days as they count us down to registration – and yesterday they revealed that they would be announcing something ‘big’ today.
As we speak (or I type), both the official cycle tour website and the Cape Argus Facebook page is down, so I’m guessing they are making some changes right now…! Can anyone guess what those changes are going to be?
Well, my guess is that they are going to add more routes, perhaps a shorter version for those who cannot manage the 109km of the original Cape Argus Cycle Tour, and a longer race for professionals and semi-professionals who like to push it to the max, but that’s purely speculation on my part.
Tonight we will know more, but if you hear before I do, give us a shout and let us know!
It’s the Final Countdown international cyclists, and if you are heading to Cape Town for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015, you only have to wait 10 more days until registration opens.
If you are still undecided about taking part in the Cape Argus 2015, perhaps these Top 10 photo’s from the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014 will motivate you to book your spot on the world’s largest timed cycle race…
In just 25 weeks time, we will be competing in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015, and we simply cannot wait to add yet another Cape Argus medal to our growing collection!
Registration for the Cape Argus 2015 opens in 12 days time on September 26th, and with all 35,000 places selling out in just 5-days last year, you will need to be quick if you are to secure your place on the world’s largest timed cycle race.
Crossing the Cape Argus finish line is an amazing experience, and if you want to get one of these medals in 2015 – it’s time to book your Cape Argus Tour to Cape Town South Africa! See you there…