International cyclists taking part in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour can be seeded in one of the earlier / semi-professional start groups, but you have to contact the cycle tour organisers with your latest cycling achievements so that they can rank your position.
Experience has shown us over the past few years that International Cyclists are seeded in early groups anyway (between 7am and 8:30am), but if you are competing in the Cape Argus for a good time, then it is understandable that you would rather be at the front with the fit guys, than with us tandem hobby riders at the back!
While 99% of the Cape Argus seeding events are held in South Africa, there is one in Namibia – the 100km Nedbank Cycle Challenge, and the cycle tour recently added London’s 160 mile Prudential Ride to its official premier seeding events.
Unfortunately, for us Brits, the London Prudential Ride took place last weekend, and so if you didn’t take part, you need to send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Name / Information on recent events you have participated in
- Distance and degree of difficulty of each race
- Winner’s time
- Your time
- Average Speed
- Number of Participants
- Your position
- Anything else you think relevant to your seeding position
If the event organisers cannot determine your seeding position from the information supplied, you will be automatically seeded in one of the international groups.
Many international cyclists have expressed their concerns about the Cape Argus Cycle Tour being overcrowded, but I can honestly say that we have never felt blocked or cramped into a group, and there has always been plenty of room to pass on the right.
Many Equatours non-seeded cyclists have completed the Cape Argus in less than 3hours 10mins (3hrs 9minutes is the record so far!), so don’t worry about your seeding position; you only thing you need to worry about is having strong legs!