Are you one of the many international cyclists heading to South Africa for the Cape Town Cycle Tour in March? If so, we hope you have completed your registration for the world’s largest timed cycle race, booked your hotel in Cape Town, and arranged transport for your bicycle, as Cape Town is selling out fast!
There is huge excitement surrounding the newly name Cape Town Cycle Tour (previously the Cape Argus), and if 2015 is going to be your first Cycle Tour adventure – you are in for a real treat!
For us international entrants living in the northern hemisphere, training for the Cape Town Cycle Tour is no easy feat. The roads are covered in ice and snow, the temperatures frequently dive below zero, and those dark mornings and early nights are enough to put anyone off exercise! Like most people, I hit the spinning bike most days, but they only real training I will get in for the race is once we have arrived in Cape Town.
There are plenty of Pre – Cape Town Cycle Tour Training Rides available in and around the Western Cape. Here is our Top 3 for March 2015…
WINE LANDS CYCLE TOUR- 5TH MARCH 2015
After collection from the hotel reception, you will transfer to the outskirts of the Winelands via the R310 coastal Road to start cycling near Meerlust Wine Estate. After a 10km warm up, you will tackle some undulating climbs to Stellenbosch, cycling along the R44 via winery road. Then over the Helshoogte Pass (literally Hell’s Heights, the name is worse than the 10k climb!) on to the final semi-flat part to Franschhoek for lunch. We then return via the same route before being transported back to CT. Total distance of 96km/58 miles with additional 20km/12miles to the prison where Nelson was incarcerated if time permits.
PENINSULA TOUR- 6TH MARCH 2015
Heading down the Atlantic seaboard from our starting point just past Camp’s Bay, we climb over the ascent past Llandudno to simulate the climbs out-of-town on race day to Hout Bay and the Chapman’s Peak viewpoint. Once descended, we head over to the False Bay coast through Fish Hoek and Simon’s town to the next climb of Smitswinkel past the reserve entrance to Scarborough and Misty Cliffs. After lunch at Imhoff Farm, we ride up Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie to the finish line at Camp’s Bay once again. Total Distance: Approximately 112km
CLARENCE DRIVE RIDE- 7TH MARCH 2015
We transfer out-of-town for an hour to Gordon’s Bay to start our ride on the majestic False Bay coastline looking back over to the Cape Peninsula. After the winding coastal road between the sea and on the side of the Overberg Mountains, we flatten out before we take in lunch at Café Jack in Betty’s Bay for some serious homemade food. Once re-fuelled, we head back to take in the opposite views along the coast to where it all began before transferring back to Cape Town. Total distance of 44 miles/70km with option of further 19 miles/30km.
These training tours are available to all international cyclists – contact us for further information!