10 Days & Counting until Cape Argus Registration 2015

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…

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Cape Argus Cycle Tour Medals 2013 / 2014 – Are you going to get one on March 8th 2015?

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!

Cape Argus Holidays Cape TownRegistration 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…

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Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015 – Start Line 101

With just over 2 weeks to go until registration opens for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015, international cyclists from across the world are busy making plans for their trip to Cape Town next March.

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With accommodations to secure, road bikes to rent, and flights to book, there is plenty to do between now and 26th September when registration finally opens, and if you want to be one of the 35,000 or so cyclists that take part in the world’s largest timed cycle tour in 2015 – now is definitely the time to start finalising your arrangements.

Once you have confirmed your spot on the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, the rest is plain sailing.  The event is so well organised that you won’t have to worry about a thing when you arrive in Cape Town, and if you are worried about making your way to the start line – our Start Line 101 should help answer all your questions:

Arrival in Cape Town

The first thing you need to do when you arrive in Cape Town is head to the Cape Argus Lifecycle Expo at the Good Hope Centre to register and collect your race pack.  The Expo runs from Thursday 5th March through to Saturday 7th March, so there is plenty of time to visit, even if you arrive the day before the race.

If you do not collect your race pack, which contains your number and RaceTec chip, you will not be able to enter the Cape Argus, so this is a priority – and great fun too!

Cape Argus Day – Breakfast & Hotel Departure

To date, international cyclists start in early morning groups, departing between 07:30 and 08:00am. Most hotels offer an early morning ‘power’ breakfast, so it’s a good idea to check with the reception the day before to see if they have something planned.

The Cape Argus Start Line is easily accessible from all Cape Town Hotels, even those on the Atlantic Seaboard are just a 10 minute cycle ride, but we recommend you leave the hotel at least an hour before your groups departure time so you have plenty of time to find your group and get in your starting chute.

Cape Argus Start Line – Essential Items

  • Start Card (this will be in your Race Pack)
  • Helmet
  • RaceTec Chip – Worn on your ankle or mounted onto your front axle
  • Official Race Number on your lower back
  • Bike Sticker – Attached to your handlebars

If any of these items are missing, you will not be able to compete – so prepare the night before. If you are missing something, head straight to one of the information tents outside the loading area.

Start Card Rules

You have to show your Start Card at the first checkpoint, but whatever you do, do not hand it over to the Cape Argus crew at this stage.  You need to keep it until you get to the second checkpoint where the Argus crewmember will take your card and ensure you are loaded into the right starting chute.

Follow the guys in front!

Once you re in your starting chute, nothing can go wrong and you cannot possibly get lost. Simply follow the guys in front of you and enjoy the ride!

Transporting Your Bike to Cape Town for the Cape Argus 2015

If you intend to take part in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015, but are worried about transporting your bicycle – worry not!

All airlines allow you to transport your bike, one way or another, and while some of them are quite costly, others will transport your bicycle free of charge – so if you haven’t booked your flight tickets yet, you might want to book with these airlines:

Virgin Atlantic

The most generous airline of all, Virgin Atlantic will transport your non-motorised bicycle to Cape Town free of charge, as long as it doesn’t weigh more than 23kg.  This is in addition to your hand luggage and checked baggage allowance (23kg in economy)!  So if you are flying from London, Virgin should be your first choice.

British Airways

BA treats your bicycle as part of your luggage allowance, so if your bicycle and suitcase combined do not weigh more than 23kg (economy allowance), then your bike travels free of charge.  British Airways have one of the most generous hand luggage allowances (you cabin bag can weigh up to 23kg, but there are size restrictions and you must be able to lift it into the overhead compartment) and you can also take a handbag or laptop case – so pack wisely, and you won’t have to pay a penny.

If you do decide to ship your bike separately, BA will charge you around £120 to transport your bike to and from the UK.

Emirates & Qatar

Both Emirates and Qatar Airways allow you to transport your bicycle as part of your luggage allowance, and as your luggage allowance from London to Cape Town is 30kg, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to transport your bike for free (just take a few pairs of shoes out of your case!).

Airlines to avoid…

While there is nothing wrong with these airlines, you will end up paying more to transport your bike to Cape Town for the Cape Argus 2015.

KLM

KLM currently charge a fixed fee of €100 each way to transport your bike from London to Cape Town.

South African Airways

So many South African’s travel to Cape Town for the Cape Argus, that South African Airways has strict (and complicated) rules in place over the Argus period.  The chances of your bike arriving in Cape Town on the same flight as you are not very high, and they currently charge a fee of R285 per sector of your flight.

Please note: all of the above information is according to the current baggage rules and regulations of each airline and subject to change at any time, so please check with the airline before booking your ticket.

 

 

 

Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015 – Registration Opens on 26th September

Finally, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust has announced that registration for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour 2015 will open on Friday, 26th September 2014 at 1pm.

In previous years, registration for the Cape Argus has always taken place on 1st September, but this year the entries open date has been delayed to coincide with an “important announcement”.

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Like many Argus fans, we are intrigued to find out what this important announcement is going to be, but the event organisers are not giving much away, David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust said:

 “Traditionally, general public entries for the Cycle Tour have opened on the first day of September. This year, the entries open date has been delayed to coincide with an exciting announcement about the tour. While a few changes will be introduced, they will not impact on the format of the route and our main priority remains to provide the world-class experience that participants and spectators have come to expect.”

The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is set to take place on Sunday, 8th March 2015, and we are in no doubt that, all 35,000 places will sell out quick – so if you haven’t done so already, add September 26th to your diary, and make sure you are online at 1pm Cape Town time!

What do you think this “Important Announcement” is going to be?  Some people have been suggesting that they might bring Boye’s Drive back – let us know what you think!

The Cape Argus Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans Marathon = A Sporting Spring in Cape Town

If the recent weather conditions are anything to go by, it looks as though we are in for a long cold winter in the Northern Hemisphere, so why not give yourself something to look forward to with a sporting spring break in Cape Town.

Two Oceans Marathon Holidays

March and April are two of the best months of the year to visit Cape Town and its surrounding areas, and as peak season is just about coming to an end, the hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions are less crowded, and you can take part in two of the most amazing sporting events.

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour takes place on the 8th March 2015 and the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon takes place on 4th April 2015, so if you love to cycle and run in the sun, you could combine both of these world-famous sporting events into one fantastic holiday!

The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is a one-day 109km cycle race along one of the world’s most stunning coastlines. Some 35,000 cyclists take part each year, and it attracts professional cyclists, semi-professionals, hobby cyclists and charity bikers from across the globe. The Cape Argus is open to anyone over the age of 13-years (11 if on a tandem with an adult), but entries sell out fast (it took just a week this year!), so you need to register in September to secure your place.

After the Cape Argus 2015 you will have a couple of weeks to recover before the Two Oceans Marathon, so you could visit the Western Cape Winelands, do some training along the Garden Route, or even take a quick 3-day Safari in Kruger National Park.

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon has earned a reputation as the world’s most beautiful marathon, and as it covers much of the Argus cycle route, you will know exactly what to expect during this whopping 56km race!  The event attracts around 26,000 participants each year, although many compete in the 21km half-marathon or 5km fun run – leaving the 56k’s to the hardcore runners!

So don’t let the wind and rain get you down this winter, stay indoors on your treadmill and spinning bike, and emerge just in time for a sporting springtime in Cape Town – we’ll see you there!

 

 

 

Seeding for the Cape Argus 2015 – International Cyclists

International cyclists taking part in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour can be seeded in one of the earlier / semi-professional start groups, but you have to contact the cycle tour organisers with your latest cycling achievements so that they can rank your position.

Experience has shown us over the past few years that International Cyclists are seeded in early groups anyway (between 7am and 8:30am), but if you are competing in the Cape Argus for a good time, then it is understandable that you would rather be at the front with the fit guys, than with us tandem hobby riders at the back!

While 99% of the Cape Argus seeding events are held in South Africa, there is one in Namibia – the 100km Nedbank Cycle Challenge, and the cycle tour recently added London’s 160 mile Prudential Ride to its official premier seeding events.

Unfortunately, for us Brits, the London Prudential Ride took place last weekend, and so if you didn’t take part, you need to send the following information to seeding@cycletour.co.za

  • Name / Information on recent events you have participated in
  • Distance and degree of difficulty of each race
  • Winner’s time
  • Your time
  • Average Speed
  • Number of Participants
  • Your position
  • Anything else you think relevant to your seeding position

If the event organisers cannot determine your seeding position from the information supplied, you will be automatically seeded in one of the international groups.

Many international cyclists have expressed their concerns about the Cape Argus Cycle Tour being overcrowded, but I can honestly say that we have never felt blocked or cramped into a group, and there has always been plenty of room to pass on the right.

Many Equatours non-seeded cyclists have completed the Cape Argus in less than 3hours 10mins (3hrs 9minutes is the record so far!), so don’t worry about your seeding position; you only thing you need to worry about is having strong legs!