Chapman’s Peak or Suikerbossie – Which Part do you dread most on the Cape Argus Cycle Tour?

In just 30-days time the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2014 will get underway, and if you are one of the +/- 35,000 cyclists taking part in the event, I am sure you are every bit as excited as we are!

A brilliantly organised event along one of the most breathtaking stretches of coastline in the world, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour is a ‘must’ for anyone who loves to combine sport with travel, and if you haven’t booked your place yet (international entrants), you have just days to secure your spot on the world’s largest timed cycle race.

Anyone who has cycled the Cape Argus before, will know that the route is relatively flat (ish!), but it does there are a few famous peaks along the way that have claimed many a good cyclist over the years, and they go by the name of Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie.

Chapman’s Peak is one of the most iconic parts of the Cape Argus route, and as such, most people tend to train for it.  It’s long, it’s steep, and after +/- 80km, it is a real killer on the legs, but when you know the route, you know it’s coming, and the only thing to do is… KEEP GOING!

However, the pain doesn’t end after Chappies – Suikerbossie Hill is waiting for you!

Suikerbossie is a relatively short but rather steep incline that leads you out of Hout Bay and towards the home run. While not as long as Chapman’s Peak, your legs are like jelly at this stage (well, mine are anyway!), and it seems to go on forever, but thankfully, the crowds on this part of the route are even more energetic, and some of them will even give you a push if you ask nicely!

Once you reach the top of Suikerbossie, it really is plain sailing all the way to finish line, and while I dread the thought of both of these peaks on March 9th, I know that the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2014 just wouldn’t be the same without them!

The 2014 Cape Argus Route Map courtesy of the Cape Argus Cycle Trust and Map Studio: http://www.cycletour.co.za/index.php/route/route-map/ 

Last Chance to Enter the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014

With just over five weeks to go until the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2014 (that’s 39 days, 12 hours, and 32 minutes for anyone who’s interested!), the pressure is on to train, train, and then train some more, in preparation for the world’s largest timed cycle race.

Training for the Cape Argus 2014

I’ve whinged and whined about how difficult it is for us European’s to train in the Northern Hemisphere during our winter months, but now the excitement is starting to kick in, and I can’t believe that in just four weeks time, we will be on our way to South Africa!

Cycling in snow is a challenge (especially on a road bike), so we’ve been making the most of the mountains with brisk winter walks, and while we probably won’t be tiptop condition for the Cape Argus on 9th March, we will be ready, willing, and hopefully able to complete the 109km route!

If you are still ‘umming and arring’ about the 2014 Cape Argus, the time has arrived to make your final decision.  South African entrants can still enter by riding for a charity, and International cyclists have until 21st February to secure their place on this amazing event!

Sun, sea, sand and cycling awaits… so why not go for it, and book your place now. You won’t regret it!

Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014 – Voted One of the World’s Top 10 Cycle Routes!

Anyone following our blog will know by now that we are Cape Argus Cycle Tour fanatics, and if the recent National Geographic ‘Journey of a Lifetime’ book is anything to go by, it seems we are not the only ones! 

A brilliantly organised 109km race around the Western Cape of South Africa, the Cape Argus is suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness, and they only things you need to partake is a bike (obviously!), a helmet, a pair of sunglasses, and the determination to get up Suikerbossie!

Held at the beginning of March each year, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour attracts over 35,000 cyclists from across the globe, and as March is a summer month in Cape Town, it is the perfect time for us freezing Europeans to head south for a spot of winter sun.

The Cape Argus Cycle Tour made it onto the National Geographic’s “World’s Top 10 Cycle Routes”, and if you would like to take part in the 2014 event, you will be pleased to know that International entries are still open.

So what are you waiting for? Dust of your Lycra pants, grab your passport, and make your way down to Cape Town for the world’s largest timed cycle race – We’ll see you there!

Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014 – Here are the 2013 Results, which one are you going to Beat?

With just over 8-weeks to go until the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2014, those of us who have been putting off training until the ‘last minute’, really need to dust of those Lycra numbers and make our way to the local Spinning class!

Anyone following our blog will know that Mr. K and I will be cycling the Cape Argus 2014 on a bicycle made for two, and while I feel slightly more confident that I will be sharing the route with my biking buddy, I am still not sure we will get anywhere near the records set in 2013…

Here are the Cape Argus 2013 results, which one are you going to beat?

Overall Winner                  Herman Fouche                                       Time: 2:39:53

Ladies Winner                   Anriette Schoeman                                  Time: 2:52:53

Tandem                             Andrew Mclean & Issy Zimmerman        Time: 2:53:58

Blind Tandem                    Hein Wagner & Alwyn de Kock               Time: 3:25:45

Mixed Tandem                   Adolph Krige & Felicia Kluever               Time: 2:59:44

Female Tandem                Marianne & Aimee Unger                          Time: 3:45:53

Hand Cycle                        Ernst van Dyk                                              Time: 3:28:37

Oldest Man                        Walter Hein (89 years old!)                        Time: 5:30:47

Oldest Woman                  Maisie Swoboda (76 years old!)               Time: 5:20:56

Not sure I’ll be gaining any titles this year, but hey, it’s a lot of fun trying!

See you on March 9th!

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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