The Cape Argus Cycle Tour takes place during March each year, so the weather conditions are usually favourable, but with strong winds, hot temperatures, and the possibility of heavy downpours, you should prepare to cycle the Cape Argus 2015 – whatever the weather!
We all know you can’t change the weather, but you can be prepared for changeable weather conditions, and if you have visited Cape Town before, you will know that there is a good chance you will have four seasons in one day in South Africa’s mother city!
Sunshine, showers, raging winds and hot, hot, hot temperatures are just some of the things that Mother Nature might throw at you on race day, so here are a few tips on how to deal with it…
Sunshine – Cape Argus 2015
If we are really lucky, we will have a glorious sunny day with virtually no wind like the one we had in 2013, but clear blue skies equals scorching hot temperatures in Cape Town, so you need to stay cool!
Most international entrants are seeded in early start groups (between 7.30 and 8.30am), so you should have completed the race by the time the temperatures start to burn, but if not, soak your cycle jersey in water before you start (it will pull heat away from your body as it dries), drink plenty, and take regular stops in the shade to avoid dehydration.
Wind – Cape Argus 2015
If the ‘Cape Doctor’ decides to grace us with its 85 km/h winds again in March 2015, you need to prepare yourself for some raging winds, tough downhills, and wobbly up-hills! During the Cape Argus 2014, we experienced horrific winds at the start line (I’m talking about bikes being blown over!), but fortunately they had subsided by the time we reached Chappies!
The only thing you can do in strong winds is wear your tightest fitting gear, keep your elbows in, keep your head down, and watch out for other cyclists that are blown across the road!
Pouring Rain – Cape Argus 2015
The chances of pouring rain are somewhat slim, but it can happen and the Cape Argus Cycle Tour will take place whether it’s raining or not!
Wet roads = slippery roads, so you might need to take it down a gear, cover your cycling gear with a lightweight waterproof jacket, wear a brightly coloured vest to make yourself more visible, and avoid the puddles!
The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour has only been stopped twice due to extreme weather conditions, in 2002 due to extreme heat (42° degrees), and in 2009 due to strong winds of 100 km/h. In both cases, the race was only stopped in the late afternoon when most competitors had completed their 109km race.
Whatever the weather in 2015, we can guarantee the Cape Argus Cycle Tour will be one hell of a ride!