Our Cape Argus Cycle Tour Garden Route Package for 2015 is finally ready! The ultimate training package for international cyclists who want to be in peak condition for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour on Sunday 8th March 2015, our brand new Platinum Package will give you the opportunity to get in shape as you cycle one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines – South Africa’s Garden Route. Starting in Port Elizabeth and finishing in Cape Town, our spectacular 10-day group tour includes all flights, accommodations, professional cycle guides, back-up vehicles, luggage transportation, most meals, bike transportation and entry into the world’s largest timed cycle race – the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour 2015.
Here’s an overview:
Day 1 – Depart on overnight flight to Port Elizabeth (indirect)
Day 2 – Arrive in Port Elizabeth / Overnight Port Elizabeth
Day 3 – Port Elizabeth to Storms River Mouth – 170km Cycling
Day 4 – Storms River Mouth – Wilderness – 156km Cycling
Day 5 – Mountain Stage – Wilderness to Mossel Bay – 130km / 150km Cycling
Day 6 – Mossel Bay – Hermanus – 170km Cycling
Day 7 – Hermanus – Cape Town – 90km Cycling / Overnight Cape Town
Day 8 – Cape Town – Cape Argus Registration and EXPO / Pasta Party
Day 9 – Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015 – 109km / Party of Champions
Day 10 – Escorted Trekking Tour Lions Head Mountain (weather permitting)
Day 11 – Departure
Day 1 Depart on overnight flight to Port Elizabeth (Indirect)
Day 2 Upon arrival in Port Elizabeth, your guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel for the night. After a pre-ride briefing, you will enjoy dinner with the rest of the group.
Day 3 Cycling approx. 170km After an optional early morning pre-breakfast ride out along the coast for those who are keen, and breakfast, you will then drive out of PE and start riding on the old road after Van Stadens River Pass. You will pass Gamtoos , Jefferies Bay, Humansdorp and Langeberg Mountain range, before making lunch stop at Oudebosch Farm Stall. You will then continue cycling through the forest, ending with a spectacular descent down to the ocean at Storms River Mouth, where you will enjoy a refreshing swim and cold beers.
Day 4 Cycling approx. 155km Today you will experience the heart of the world-famous, scenic ‘Garden Route’. Bloukrans & Nature’s Valley provide two wonderful challenges with stunning descents and testing climbs. After a picnic lunch, your route takes you through the forests to Knysna, from where the day continues along the rolling hills of the ‘Lake District’ past Sedgefield to Wilderness.
Day 5 Cycling approx. 130 – 150km The ride starts with the “Afris-Roubaix” climb up White’s Road on hard-packed dirt in to George. You will then climb to the top of the 11 km Outeniqua Pass, before a thrilling descent down the other side. From here, you will shuttle bus to the Safari Ostrich Farm, before cycling up the Robinson’s pass and on to Mossel Bay, ending at your hotel on the beach.
Day 6 Cycling approx. 170km Today’s route threads through the wheat fields and rolling hills to Bredasdorp where you will enjoy a lunch stop with homemade “Sexy Bread” at Moerse Plaasstaal. You will then test your leg muscles with some larger climbs through to Stanford, before hitting the famous coastal town of Hermanus.
Day 7 Cycling approx. 90km After breakfast today, you will head out to Kleinmond and around the coastline past Betty’s Bay & Rooi Els to Gordon’s Bay along one the best scenic cycling routes in the world. Overlooking False Bay and across the Cape Peninsular, this is a highlight for many, and after enjoying an invigorating swim at Gordon’s Bay Bikini Beach, a shower and lunch, you will head to Cape Town for the next part of your adventure.
Day 8 Cape Argus Registration and Expo After breakfast, the complementary one-way shuttle will depart to the Cape Argus Registration and EXPO, where you will collect your Race Pack, RaceTec Chip, and spend as much or as little time as you like exploring the EXPO. The afternoon is yours to do as you please, and we will all meet for our ‘Pasta Party’ in the evening, to stock up on those all-important carbs for race day!
Day 9 CAPE ARGUS CYCLE TOUR – 109km The day you have been waiting for has finally arrived, and after a very early breakfast (around 5.30am), we will make our way down to the start line. With a whole seven hours to complete the race, you have plenty of time to enjoy the experience, before heading back to the hotel with your well-deserved medal. We will regroup at around 6.30 in the evening for our Party of Champions, which includes a drinks and a range of snacks and canapés.
Day 10 Hiking Lions Head Today, you can spend the day at your leisure enjoying the spectacular city of Cape Town, or join us on our half-day trekking tour up Lions Head Mountain – where you can expect the best view in town! (weather permitting)
Day 11 Depature
This fantastic Cape Argus group tour is available to everyone, and we can arrange your flights from any international airport in the world, but we have limited spaces available, so secure your spot today!