Cape Argus 2015 Cape Town – What to Wear

In keeping with the laid-back and easygoing atmosphere of Cape Town, the ‘dress code’ for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour is pretty relaxed, with the only compulsory item being a bicycle helmet that complies with ANSI Z90/4 or SNELL standards.

Cycling shoes or trainers, shorts and t-shirts are recommended by the event organisers “for your safety and convenience”, but you can wear whatever you like – and that includes fancy dress!

Cape Argus Bike Tour

We have seen Smurfs, Ladybirds, patriotic Brits wrapped up in Union Jack Flags and plenty of men in dresses during our Cape Argus adventures, and if you are riding the Cape Argus Cycle Tour for charity in 2015, you can really go to town on an elaborate outfit that will get you and your charity noticed.

Your costume must be “appropriate” however, as the Cape Argus is a family event, and you must consider rider safety when dressing up to make sure you don’t cause any pileups!

Most people participating in the Cape Argus wear regular cycling gear, and while the thought of pulling on skin-tight Lycra shorts and jerseys after a long winter in the northern hemisphere is somewhat daunting, it will make for a much more comfortable ride!

Here’s what we recommend you wear on Race Day:

Bicycle Helmet – You are going to be wearing it for 3-7 hours (depending how good you are!), so make sure it fits well and you feel comfortable.  You can buy the latest styles and models at the Cape Argus Expo.

Sunglasses – An essential piece of equipment for race day, wrap-around sunglasses will protect against the sun’s intense rays and keep wind and road debris out of your eyes.

Cycle Jersey – A quality cycle jersey will keep you cool, and they generally have plenty of pockets along the back for your energy bars, spare CO2 canisters, and anything else you need to carry.

Cycling Shorts – I did my first ever Cape Argus in regular (un-padded) Nike shorts – BIG mistake! Invest in the most comfortable cycling shorts you can find!

Shoes / Trainers – If you use ‘clicks’ – you will probably have a good pair of cycling shoes.  If not, trainers are perfect for the event.

Cycling Gloves – these are optional, but with temperatures reaching 30° degrees in Cape Town over the Cape Argus period, they might give you a firmer grip on your handlebars.

A Smile – this is not optional, and I guarantee you will have one on your face when you cross the finish line!

 

 

Brand New Cape Argus Cycle Tour Garden Route Package for 2015

Our Cape Argus Cycle Tour Garden Route Package for 2015 is finally ready! The ultimate training package for international cyclists who want to be in peak condition for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour on Sunday 8th March 2015, our brand new Platinum Package will give you the opportunity to get in shape as you cycle one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines – South Africa’s Garden Route. Cape Argus 2015 Group Holidays for International Cyclists Starting in Port Elizabeth and finishing in Cape Town, our spectacular 10-day group tour includes all flights, accommodations, professional cycle guides, back-up vehicles, luggage transportation, most meals, bike transportation and entry into the world’s largest timed cycle race – the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour 2015.

Here’s an overview:

Day 1     –              Depart on overnight flight to Port Elizabeth (indirect)

Day 2     –              Arrive in Port Elizabeth / Overnight Port Elizabeth

Day 3     –              Port Elizabeth to Storms River Mouth – 170km Cycling

Day 4     –              Storms River Mouth – Wilderness – 156km Cycling

Day 5     –              Mountain Stage – Wilderness to Mossel Bay – 130km / 150km Cycling

Day 6     –              Mossel Bay – Hermanus – 170km Cycling

Day 7     –              Hermanus – Cape Town – 90km Cycling / Overnight Cape Town

Day 8     –              Cape Town – Cape Argus Registration and EXPO / Pasta Party

Day 9     –              Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015 – 109km / Party of Champions

Day 10   –              Escorted Trekking Tour Lions Head Mountain (weather permitting)

Day 11   –              Departure

Day 1                                                                                                                              Depart on overnight flight to Port Elizabeth (Indirect)

Day 2                                                                                                                                   Upon arrival in Port Elizabeth, your guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel for the night. After a pre-ride briefing, you will enjoy dinner with the rest of the group.

Day 3     Cycling approx. 170km                                                                                             After an optional early morning pre-breakfast ride out along the coast for those who are keen, and breakfast, you will then drive out of PE and start riding on the old road after Van Stadens River Pass. You will pass Gamtoos , Jefferies Bay, Humansdorp and Langeberg Mountain range, before making lunch stop at Oudebosch Farm Stall.  You will then continue cycling through the forest, ending with a spectacular descent down to the ocean at Storms River Mouth, where you will enjoy a refreshing swim and cold beers.

Day 4     Cycling approx. 155km                                                                                             Today you will experience the heart of the world-famous, scenic ‘Garden Route’.  Bloukrans & Nature’s Valley provide two wonderful challenges with stunning descents and testing climbs. After a picnic lunch, your route takes you through the forests to Knysna, from where the day continues along the rolling hills of the ‘Lake District’ past Sedgefield to Wilderness.

Day 5     Cycling approx. 130 – 150km                                                                                The ride starts with the “Afris-Roubaix” climb up White’s Road on hard-packed dirt in to George. You will then climb to the top of the 11 km Outeniqua Pass, before a thrilling descent down the other side. From here, you will shuttle bus to the Safari Ostrich Farm, before cycling up the Robinson’s pass and on to Mossel Bay, ending at your hotel on the beach.

Day 6     Cycling approx. 170km                                                                                     Today’s route threads through the wheat fields and rolling hills to Bredasdorp where you will enjoy a lunch stop with homemade “Sexy Bread” at Moerse Plaasstaal. You will then test your leg muscles with some larger climbs through to Stanford, before hitting the famous coastal town of Hermanus.

Day 7     Cycling approx. 90km                                                                                              After breakfast today, you will head out to Kleinmond and around the coastline past Betty’s Bay & Rooi Els to Gordon’s Bay along one the best scenic cycling routes in the world. Overlooking False Bay and across the Cape Peninsular, this is a highlight for many, and after enjoying an invigorating swim at Gordon’s Bay Bikini Beach, a shower and lunch, you will head to Cape Town for the next part of your adventure.

Day 8     Cape Argus Registration and Expo                                                                       After breakfast, the complementary one-way shuttle will depart to the Cape Argus Registration and EXPO, where you will collect your Race Pack, RaceTec Chip, and spend as much or as little time as you like exploring the EXPO.  The afternoon is yours to do as you please, and we will all meet for our ‘Pasta Party’ in the evening, to stock up on those all-important carbs for race day!

Day 9     CAPE ARGUS CYCLE TOUR – 109km                                                               The day you have been waiting for has finally arrived, and after a very early breakfast (around 5.30am), we will make our way down to the start line. With a whole seven hours to complete the race, you have plenty of time to enjoy the experience, before heading back to the hotel with your well-deserved medal. We will regroup at around 6.30 in the evening for our Party of Champions, which includes a drinks and a range of snacks and canapés.

Day 10   Hiking Lions Head                                                                                             Today, you can spend the day at your leisure enjoying the spectacular city of Cape Town, or join us on our half-day trekking tour up Lions Head Mountain – where you can expect the best view in town! (weather permitting)

Day 11   Depature                            

This fantastic Cape Argus group tour is available to everyone, and we can arrange your flights from any international airport in the world, but we have limited spaces available, so secure your spot today!                                                                                                                                                                                

Cape Argus EXPO 2015 – Your One-Stop Shop for the World’s Largest Timed Cycle Race

If you are planning to cycle the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015, there is one event you simply shouldn’t miss, and that is the Cape Argus Lifecycle Expo, South Africa’s largest cycling, fitness & healthy lifestyle exhibition at the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town.

Housing over 320 exhibitors from around the world, the Cape Argus Expo is a magnificent three-day event, and as you have to go there to pick up your race-pack and RaceTec chip, we recommend you give yourself a couple of hours to explore the many exhibitors and the Mediclinic Medical Village available on site.

Cape Argus Cycle Tour Packages

Mediclinic plays a huge role in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour, with up to 25 doctors, 80 nurses, 250 physiotherapists and over 300 first aiders, emergency vehicles and volunteers to keep you safe, and during the Cape Argus Expo, cyclists with pre-existing medical conditions are invited to visit the Mediclinic Medical Village for complementary health checks and dietary advice.

If you fancy treating yourself to a new bike, a new bicycle helmet, new cycling gear, or a brand new pair of Oakley sunglasses, you will find everything you could possibly wish for at the Cape Argus EXPO, with retailers selling everything from the latest Cannondale Tandem Bikes (want one!) to high performance energy fuel, drinks and sports bars that will help you get the most out of your race.

Want to Rent a Bike in Cape Town for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014? Now is the time to book!

When you pick up your Cape Argus Cycle Tour Race-Pack, be sure to collect the official cycle-tour event magazine, which is packed with useful information and loads of discount vouchers including ‘Buy 1 get 1 Free’ Table Mountain Cable Car tickets, two-for-one massage coupons, and plenty of other freebies!

But the Cape Argus Expo is not all about shopping!  You can have your legs waxed (ouch!) to improve your velocity, you can have a massage, you can purchase official Cape Argus merchandise such as caps, t-shirts and cycling gear and you can sponsor your favourite charity – all in one cycle-mad location!

The Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015 is so much more than a one-day event, so join us in Cape Town for a Cycling Spectacular!

 

Cape Argus Cycle Tour – Voted One of the Top 5 Overseas Sportives for Cycling Fans

Anyone who follows our blog will know that we are huge fans of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, and if the latest report by Cyclosport (the world’s leading cyclosportive website) is anything to go by, it looks like we are not the only ones!

Cape Argus Radrennen Kapstadt

Featuring our fantastic Cape Argus Cycle Tour Packages and highlighting the race as one of the Top 5 Overseas Sportives for 2015, Cyclosport listed the Cape Argus in South Africa along with the ‘Le Marmotte’ in France, the Mallorca 312 in Spain, the Maratona dles Dolomites in Italy and the L’Etape du Tour in France.

Here is what they had to say, along with an insert of a blog post written by a Cape Argus Cycle Tour rider:

This iconic event – the largest timed cycling event in the world – will take place for the 38th time on Sunday 8th March 2015. The Cycle Tour has grown from humble beginnings, attracting a few hundred participants in 1978, into the iconic international event it is today.

“There is a very simple reason why 35,000 cyclists travel from all around the world to South Africa and get up at ridiculous hours of the morning to ride the Cape Argus. It is quite simply the best single day sportive on the planet. What makes it so very special is without doubt the scenery; it is breathtaking. From the fast descent down and through Misty Cliffs with its cool onshore breeze, to the climb over the tremendously beautiful Chapman’s Peak; the sights, sounds and smells of the Cape will simply overload your senses.”

“The crowds line the route offering their shouts of encouragement whilst at the same time tormenting your nostrils with their roadside ‘braais’. At every feed station there are huge sound systems that blast out music to help you keep the pedals turning.” - Richard Gorman

So there you have it, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour really is one of the best one-day cycling events in the world – so reserve your spot now!

Cape Argus Cycle Tour – Training in Cape Town in 2015

Summer is finally upon us, the sun is shining (mostly!), the birds are singing, and there is no better time of the year to get some cycle training in for the next Cape Argus Cycle Tour… but with a full winter to get through between now and then, how do we stay in peak condition until next March?

Cape Argus 2015

The worlds largest timed cycle race, now officially called the ‘Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour’ (hope they don’t get any more sponsors on board or we’ll never fit the name on our new cycle jerseys!) takes place at the beginning of March each year, so those of us living in the northern hemisphere need to stay in shape right throughout winter… Unless, of course, we head to Cape Town a week or two before the event and do a week of intensive training along the Garden Route – which is exactly what we plan to do in 2015!

A fabulous cycling event that attracts over 35,000 professional and hobby cyclists from across the world, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour is suitable for international cyclists of every level, and as it is perfectly timed to coincide with summer in South Africa, you can combine this one-day event with a fantastic holiday in Cape Town, a self-drive trip up the Garden Route, or even a safari.

Our Cape Argus experiences to date have shown us that arriving in Cape Town a day prior to the event is not ideal, especially if you want your bike to arrive on the same flight as you, so we always head down a week or two prior to the event to do some training and enjoy the many activities on offer in Cape Town so that we are ready, willing and (hopefully) able to complete the 109km race along one of the world’s most stunning coastlines.

If you are thinking of cycling the Cape Argus Cycle Tour next year, please get in touch, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have, give you tips on the best training tours, and help you plan your trip to Cape Town, and who knows, we could even meet up for a celebratory beer after the race!

15 Reasons to Cycle the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in 2015

With just 265 days to go until the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015 gets underway, now is a good time to start planning your trip to Cape Town and getting in shape for the World’s Largest Timed Cycle Race.

Cape Argus Cycle Tour

While registration doesn’t officially open until 1st September 2014, the demand for hotels in Cape Town jumps over the Argus period, and if you are thinking about renting a road bike for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in SA, now is definitely the time to secure your bike as most reputable bicycle rental companies sell out fast!

If you are still unsure whether the Cape Argus 2015 is the right cycle holiday for you, here are a few good reasons to get you pedalling South Africa in 2015:

1. The Cape Argus Cycle Tour takes place in one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world – Cape Town, so you can easily extend your stay with a trip to the Western Cape Winelands, a self-drive tour up the Garden Route, or a South African Safari.

2. March is summer in Cape Town, so you can escape winter in the northern hemisphere, and take a cycling holiday in glorious sunshine instead!

3. Approximately 35,000 cyclists take part in the Cape Argus each year, so the vibe in Cape Town is fantastic over Argus weekend, and you will have loads of opportunities to meet fellow cyclists.

4. The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is brilliantly organised, so you never have to worry about where to go and what to do.

5. While the Cape Argus is long (109km), it is not particularly difficult (apart from Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie, which are tough climbs but short), and anyone with a good level of physical fitness should be able to complete the race.

6. Anyone over the age of 13 can take part (or 11 when riding on Tandem with an adult), so it is suitable for the whole family.

7. Unlike many big cycle tours such as the London-Paris or the Cape Epic, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour is relatively inexpensive, starting at just £20 for South African entrants.

8. Transporting your bike to Cape Town for the Cape Argus is easy. Most airlines count your bike as part of your checked baggage, so if you pack wisely, you could transport your bike for free!

9. There are over 15 bicycle shops in and around Cape Town, so if you need any last-minute spares or repairs, you can get your bike fixed in town.

10. When you head to the Cape Argus Expo for registration, you get a goody bag complete with deodorant, energy bars, a water bottle etc, and an official event magazine that includes discount vouchers such as ‘buy one get one free’ tickets for the Table Mountain Cable Car.

11. You can buy the latest cycle shorts, helmets, cycle gloves, and even bicycles at the Cape Argus Expo, and as they are priced in South African Rands, they are much cheaper than at home.

12. Despite having 35,000 riders, the Cape Argus never feels crowded or ‘packed-in’ due to the staggered start times, so if you are chasing a good time, there is no reason why you shouldn’t achieve it.

13. International entrants are seeded in early morning groups (usually between 7:30am and 8:30am), so you have plenty of time to get around the route before the temperatures really start to rise at around 2pm.

14. There are plenty of refreshment stations along the Cape Argus Route, where you can refill your water bottles and enjoy the complementary drinks and snacks on offer such as Coca-Cola, PowerAde, Bananas and Biscuits.

15. If you love to cycle, love to travel, and are looking for a unique 2015 holiday experience the Cape Argus Cycle Tour ticks all the right boxes – so what have you got to lose?

See you there!

Cape Argus 2015 – Why not Combine it with a Family Break?

Prepare for the Cape Argus 2015 with a Prep Week (or two) in Cape Town, and get yourself in tip-top condition for race day on Sunday 8th March 2015!

March is a wonderful time of year to visit South Africa’s Mother City, and with warm sunshine, temperatures in the mid to late 20s, and all the activities you could possibly wish for, it is the perfect place to combine a family break with some training for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour.

Training for the Cape Argus 2014

By heading to Cape Town one or two weeks prior to the Cape Argus, you will miss the chaotic arrival of some 35,000 cyclists, all transporting bicycles, and you have a much greater chance of your bike arriving safely, and on time, than if you book a last-minute flight to arrive a day before the race.

During you stay, you can visit the world-famous wine regions of Stellenbosch, Wellington, and Paarl (all have great cycling routes), the Whale Coast of Hermanus, and if you want to make the most out of your time in South Africa, a trip along the illustrious Garden Route wouldn’t go a miss!

By hiring a family saloon car or jeep, you will have plenty of space to transport your bicycle along with the family luggage, so you can move around freely and discover the best of what the Western Cape has to offer, without leaving your loved ones behind.

There are accommodations to suit every taste and every budget in South Africa, and by staying in quality guests houses and hotels, your ‘other half’ can enjoy the hotel pool, the spa, the local shopping areas, and the hospitality that South Africa is renowned for, while you get some kilometres in along the official Cape Argus Route!

While the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015 is perfect for single travellers, it is perfect for families too, so don’t feel you have to leave your loved ones at home, they will enjoy the trip to South Africa just as much as you will, and at least they won’t have saddle sore on 9th March!