With just 265 days to go until the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015 gets underway, now is a good time to start planning your trip to Cape Town and getting in shape for the World’s Largest Timed Cycle Race.
While registration doesn’t officially open until 1st September 2014, the demand for hotels in Cape Town jumps over the Argus period, and if you are thinking about renting a road bike for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in SA, now is definitely the time to secure your bike as most reputable bicycle rental companies sell out fast!
If you are still unsure whether the Cape Argus 2015 is the right cycle holiday for you, here are a few good reasons to get you pedalling South Africa in 2015:
1. The Cape Argus Cycle Tour takes place in one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world – Cape Town, so you can easily extend your stay with a trip to the Western Cape Winelands, a self-drive tour up the Garden Route, or a South African Safari.
2. March is summer in Cape Town, so you can escape winter in the northern hemisphere, and take a cycling holiday in glorious sunshine instead!
3. Approximately 35,000 cyclists take part in the Cape Argus each year, so the vibe in Cape Town is fantastic over Argus weekend, and you will have loads of opportunities to meet fellow cyclists.
4. The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is brilliantly organised, so you never have to worry about where to go and what to do.
5. While the Cape Argus is long (109km), it is not particularly difficult (apart from Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie, which are tough climbs but short), and anyone with a good level of physical fitness should be able to complete the race.
6. Anyone over the age of 13 can take part (or 11 when riding on Tandem with an adult), so it is suitable for the whole family.
7. Unlike many big cycle tours such as the London-Paris or the Cape Epic, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour is relatively inexpensive, starting at just £20 for South African entrants.
8. Transporting your bike to Cape Town for the Cape Argus is easy. Most airlines count your bike as part of your checked baggage, so if you pack wisely, you could transport your bike for free!
9. There are over 15 bicycle shops in and around Cape Town, so if you need any last-minute spares or repairs, you can get your bike fixed in town.
10. When you head to the Cape Argus Expo for registration, you get a goody bag complete with deodorant, energy bars, a water bottle etc, and an official event magazine that includes discount vouchers such as ‘buy one get one free’ tickets for the Table Mountain Cable Car.
11. You can buy the latest cycle shorts, helmets, cycle gloves, and even bicycles at the Cape Argus Expo, and as they are priced in South African Rands, they are much cheaper than at home.
12. Despite having 35,000 riders, the Cape Argus never feels crowded or ‘packed-in’ due to the staggered start times, so if you are chasing a good time, there is no reason why you shouldn’t achieve it.
13. International entrants are seeded in early morning groups (usually between 7:30am and 8:30am), so you have plenty of time to get around the route before the temperatures really start to rise at around 2pm.
14. There are plenty of refreshment stations along the Cape Argus Route, where you can refill your water bottles and enjoy the complementary drinks and snacks on offer such as Coca-Cola, PowerAde, Bananas and Biscuits.
15. If you love to cycle, love to travel, and are looking for a unique 2015 holiday experience the Cape Argus Cycle Tour ticks all the right boxes – so what have you got to lose?
See you there!