So you’ve secured your place on the world’s largest timed cycle race, you’ve booked your flights to Cape Town, you’ve found the perfect cycle-friendly hotel on the Atlantic Seaboard, now all you need to do is plan your trip to South Africa’s Mother City to make sure you make the most of every minute in town!
The Cape Town Cycle Tour may be a one day event, but if you are an international entrant travelling from overseas, chances are, you will be spending at least 5 – 7 days in the city (you should be, anyway!), and so you will have plenty of time to explore the city and the Western Cape.
If you’re based in the northern hemisphere, you probably won’t have many opportunities to train during our cold winter months, so you could start your trip to Cape Town with one or two ‘Pre Argus’ cycle training tours that will get you in peak condition for March 6th.
If you are riding for fun, rather than for your personal best time, then leave the cycling until race day, and spend your time explore the beautiful city that is Cape Town. There’s Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Camps Bay, Hout Bay, and the V&A Waterfront right on your doorstep, and while some of these attractions are somewhat ‘touristy’, they are still well worth a visit.
Connoisseurs of fine wines should make their way to the Western Cape Winelands, where you can sample some of South Africa’s finest New World Wines in the most spectacular of settings. There are wine tasting tours, Wine Trams, and even cycle tours in the winelands, although you might not want to take your trusty steed if you are planning to visit more than one vineyard!
If you are more the outdoors type, you could spend your spare time sunning yourself on the spectacular beaches of Camps Bay, Cape Town’s chicest venue. Although be prepared… the water is cold… freezing cold, even in summer! Alternatively, you could take a full day Shark Cage Diving excursion where you can get up close and personal with the Great White – about 300 of them!
There is so much to see and do in Cape Town that you could easily spend 2 weeks just exploring the city, so whatever you do, don’t cut your trip to the Cape Town Cycle Tour short – you’ll regret it, believe me!