With just over 2 weeks to go until registration opens for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015, international cyclists from across the world are busy making plans for their trip to Cape Town next March.
With accommodations to secure, road bikes to rent, and flights to book, there is plenty to do between now and 26th September when registration finally opens, and if you want to be one of the 35,000 or so cyclists that take part in the world’s largest timed cycle tour in 2015 – now is definitely the time to start finalising your arrangements.
Once you have confirmed your spot on the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, the rest is plain sailing. The event is so well organised that you won’t have to worry about a thing when you arrive in Cape Town, and if you are worried about making your way to the start line – our Start Line 101 should help answer all your questions:
Arrival in Cape Town
The first thing you need to do when you arrive in Cape Town is head to the Cape Argus Lifecycle Expo at the Good Hope Centre to register and collect your race pack. The Expo runs from Thursday 5th March through to Saturday 7th March, so there is plenty of time to visit, even if you arrive the day before the race.
If you do not collect your race pack, which contains your number and RaceTec chip, you will not be able to enter the Cape Argus, so this is a priority – and great fun too!
Cape Argus Day – Breakfast & Hotel Departure
To date, international cyclists start in early morning groups, departing between 07:30 and 08:00am. Most hotels offer an early morning ‘power’ breakfast, so it’s a good idea to check with the reception the day before to see if they have something planned.
The Cape Argus Start Line is easily accessible from all Cape Town Hotels, even those on the Atlantic Seaboard are just a 10 minute cycle ride, but we recommend you leave the hotel at least an hour before your groups departure time so you have plenty of time to find your group and get in your starting chute.
Cape Argus Start Line – Essential Items
- Start Card (this will be in your Race Pack)
- RaceTec Chip – Worn on your ankle or mounted onto your front axle
- Official Race Number on your lower back
- Bike Sticker – Attached to your handlebars
If any of these items are missing, you will not be able to compete – so prepare the night before. If you are missing something, head straight to one of the information tents outside the loading area.
Start Card Rules
You have to show your Start Card at the first checkpoint, but whatever you do, do not hand it over to the Cape Argus crew at this stage. You need to keep it until you get to the second checkpoint where the Argus crewmember will take your card and ensure you are loaded into the right starting chute.
Follow the guys in front!
Once you re in your starting chute, nothing can go wrong and you cannot possibly get lost. Simply follow the guys in front of you and enjoy the ride!