Renting a Bike for the Cape Argus – Do it now!

We may have seven months to go until the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015, but if you are an International cyclists and you intend to rent a bicycle in Cape Town for the world’s largest timed cycle race – you really need to do it now!

I know you probably think I am overreacting, but the truth is, once registration for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour opens in September this year, virtually all the quality road bikes in Cape Town will be rented out, and if you don’t book now – you will struggle to find something suitable.

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

With 35,000 cyclist to cater for, the demand is far higher than the supply in Cape Town over the Argus period, and while you may be able to rent a mountain bike in the weeks before the event, you can pretty much guarantee it will be at least 20 years old and have more rust than race!

We encourage all international cyclists to take their own bikes to Cape Town for the Cape Argus, but we know that it is not idea if you are heading off on a South African Safari or driving the Garden Route after the race, so if renting is the only option for you, secure your bike now.

Bicycle rental companies in Cape Town have a minimum rental period over the Cape Argus weekend, they have to make money after all, but with the current $/£/€ exchange rate, you can get a quality road bike for 5-7 days for around £150 – £200. Transporting your own bicycle with a reputable airline would cost a similar amount, so you need to weigh-up the pros and cons and decide which option is right for you.

If you intend to ride the Cape Argus Cycle Tour for fun, then renting a road bike is probably the perfect solution for you, but if you are racing for a good time and the style/ type / condition of your road bike is very important to you – renting is not a good option. They are rental bikes after all, and you will not be the first person riding them!

We have some great connections in Cape Town, so if you need a bike, just drop us an email and we’ll put you in touch with our preferred partners – but don’t delay, we probably won’t be able to help you this time next month!

 

 

 

 

 

Get on Your Bike and Train for the Cape Argus 2014 with Cycling Pro Christiaan Kriek

With just 12 weeks to go until the world’s largest timed cycle race ‘The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2014’ gets underway, it is time to think about training.

I say ‘think about training’ as there isn’t much point in starting before the food fest of Christmas, but come January, we will be donning our Lycra shorts and heading down to the local gym for some serious Spinning classes!

Of course, there is no better place to train for the Cape Argus than in Cape Town itself, and with one of South Africa’s professional cyclists Christiaan Kriek offering a week-long Argus Training Programme in the run up to the event, there is a solution for international cyclists.

Christiaan Kriek

Cycling since the age of 12, Christiaan Kriek has won numerous cycle races over the years both at home in South Africa and on the international racing scene, in a cycling career that allowed him to travel the world.

After a two-season stint with professional cycling team Jelly Belly in the United States, Christiaan decided to return home to South Africa, and we are delighted to see that he will be helping us ‘lesser mortals’ get in shape for the 9th March with his Cape Argus Training Programme.

We’ve got all the details and info – so get in touch and join us as we Cycle the Cape with a Cycling Pro!

Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014 – Training Programme Day 6

There is no better place to train for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014 than in Cape Town itself, and if you want to be in peak condition for March 9th, our six-day Argus warm-up programme will help you achieve your goal.

We have already covered days one to five in previous blogs, so here’s what you can expect on day 6:

Saturday – 8 March 2014 – Green Point to Camps Bay (30km) & Spa Treatment

With just one day to go until the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014, we will spend out last day of training preparing for the last 15km of the official Argus route.

Training for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014

Cycling along the beautiful Atlantic Coast line, we will make our way from the Green Point Stadium to the cosmopolitan seaside resort of Camps Bay, before heading back in time for a delicious brunch.

We will take this day relatively easy in order to give our bodies enough time to recover for the following day’s 109km race, and will finish this fantastic training programme off with a relaxing and luxurious spa treatment to get your mind and body in prime condition to perform the next day.

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Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014 – Training Programme Day 5

There is no better place to train for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014 than in Cape Town itself, and if you want to be in peak condition for March 9th, our six-day Argus warm-up programme will help you achieve your goal.

We have already covered days one to four in previous blogs, so here’s what you can expect on day 5:

Friday – 7 March 2014 – Stellenbosch to Franschhoek Wine Valley (75km) Road Bike 

By day five of the Cape Argus Training Programme, you will be ready to tackle anything, and so we thought we would treat you to an extra special warm-up session in the Cape Winelands.

After transferring to the university town of Stellenbosch, we will ride a steady tempo past some of the finest wineries in the country, taking in the fresh air and the beautiful scenery that this area of the Western Cape has to offer.

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The ride takes us from Stellenbosch to the old French Huguenot town of Franschhoek, where we will ride up to the top of the 7km Franschhoek Pass, fill our water bottles at the natural water spring on top, and then make our way down the hair-raising descent into town.

While not too strenuous, we will still cycle a good 75km today, and who knows – we may even be able to fit in a quick wine tasting before heading back to the city!

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Cape Argus Training Programme – Day 4

If you have decided to take the plunge and join our Cape Argus 2014 Training Programme, here is an overview of what you can expect on Day 4:

Thursday – 6 March 2014 – Jonkershoek (45km) MTB Ride  

Today we are going to do something different!

We are going switch to the dirt for a day, and enjoy one of the world’s best mountain biking destinations on our Jonkershoek MTB ride.

Heading inland to the Cape Winelands, we will witness firsthand why multiple world mountain biking champions make this area their training ground in preparation for the Cape Epic.

Training for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014

An area rich in lush forests, spectacular vista points, unique Fynbos vegetation, climbs that head into the heavens and downhill single track that never seems to end, this warm-up route offers riders an amazing variety of terrain – and should not be missed!

Don’t worry if you are taking your own road bike or renting a road bike in Cape Town for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, everyone who books up on this off-road adventure will get a complimentary Mountain Bike for the day – so you can get as dirty as you like!

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Cape Argus Training Programme – Day 3

If you have decided to take the plunge and join our Cape Argus 2014 Training Programme, here is an overview of what you can expect on Day 3:

Wednesday – 5 March 2014 – Gordon’s Bay (80km) Road Bike  

On day three of our Cape Argus 2014 Training Programme, we will be heading over to the eastern side of False Bay, and start our warm up just below the Steenbras Dam Reservoir in the seaside town of Gordon’s Bay.

This is arguably one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in South Africa, and there is no better way to prepare for the Argus than training along this route.

Training Tours for Cape Argus

The first obstacle of this ride will be Clarence Drive, which will give the legs a good test, but you will be well rewarded for your efforts as you descend along the pristine beaches of Kogelbay.

The next challenge will be the steep incline into the small town of Rooi Els, after which you will be faced with the windy plains towards Betty’s Bay.  If you are not used to riding against coastal winds, this training tour will give you plenty of time to practice!

On the way back, if you are up for it, we can escort you up to the Steenbras Dam Reservoir where you will have a stunning view of False Bay- the perfect place to have the lunch we have prepared for you!

After lunch, we will return to Cape Town fully prepared for this part of the route on Cape Argus Day.

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Cape Argus Training Programme – Day 2

If you have decided to take the plunge and join our Cape Argus 2014 Training Programme, here is an overview of what you can expect on Day 2:

Today’s Cape Argus Training Tour will start in the pretty seaside town of Simon’s Town, a wonderful place to cycle through on Argus Day.

Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014

After cycling through the town, we will head up the Smitswinkel Climb featured in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, and our guide will share some useful tips on the upcoming race to make our experience even more enjoyable.

Once we reach the top, we will divert from the route and head into the Cape Point Nature Reserve where we will stop for a coffee to take in the breathtaking scenery.

The Cape Point Nature Reserve is one of Africa’s most spectacular, with dramatic landscapes, stunning cycling trails, deserted coves, and plenty of wildlife and birds – so don’t forget to take your camera today!

After cycling though the reserve, we will continue back along the Argus route through Scarborough, Misty Cliffs, Kommetjie, and then finally back to Simon’s Town where we will have lunch and reflect on the beauty of Cape Town, before transferring back to our hotel.

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