With just 60 days to go until the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016, now is the perfect time to start finalising your trip to South Africa, and secure your place on those all-important pre-Argus cycle training tours that will have you in peak condition on March 6th.
Designed for international cyclists who have had little chance to train in the Northern Hemisphere during the cold, wet and windy winter months, these fantastic training tours will show you the very best of what the Western Cape has to offer, with trips to the West Coast National Park, the Winelands, the Coastal Clarence Drive, and the Cape Town Cycle Tour route itself along the Cape Peninsula.
Escorted by a certified cycling guide, these well-planned day trips include transport, lunch, and approximately 100km per day, but spaces are very limited, so book yours now!
WINE LANDS 1 CYCLE TOUR – Monday 29th FEBRUARY 2016
This morning we will transfer approximately 1 hour to the outskirts of Wellington to our starting point on the R44 heading south. We will bypass the town of Paarl, taking a moment to view the Afrikaans Language Monument, before making our way past various vine yards to our lunch destination at Vredenheim Wine Estate on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. After a delicious lunch admiring the mountains and breath-taking views of the Cape Winelands, we will head back towards the coast, finishing near Somerset West. Total Cycling Distance: 100km/62 miles
WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK – Tuesday 1ST MARCH 2016
Today we transfer north (approximately 1.5 hours) out of the city, and start with a gentle 20km warm up before tackling the West Coast National Park ride around the Lagoon to Churchhaven on the western side. On a clear day, we will enjoy magnificent views of Table Mountain in the distance, whilst riding along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. After a delicious lunch at Geelbek, a Historic Cape Dutch style Governor’s Manor House in the middle of the park, we will continue around to the north side of the lagoon before departing back to Cape Town. Total Cycling Distance: 100km/62 miles
WINE LANDS 2 CYCLE TOUR – Wednesday 2nd MARCH 2016
Our ride today starts with a transfer to the outskirts of Stellenbosch to start our cycle tour near Meerlust Wine Estate. After a 10km warm up on the flat, we will begin tackling some of the undulating climbs to Stellenbosch on the R44 (a further 12 km) via winery road. Then over the Helshoogte Pass (literally Hell’s Heights, the name is worse than the 5k climb!) and along a relatively flat path to Franschhoek where we will enjoy lunch at one of the local vine yards. Once refreshed, we will climb the Franschhoek Pass to enjoy the views from the top before a fun 10k downhill ride next to the reservoir, where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Cape Town. Total Cycling Distance: 100km/62 miles
PENINSULA TOUR – Thursday 3rd MARCH 2016
Heading down the Atlantic Seaboard from our starting point outside the Equatours group hotel, we will climb over the ascent past Llandudno to simulate the climbs out of Cape Town on race day. We will then continue through Hout Bay to the Chapman’s Peak view-point, before descending down to the False Bay Coast through the pretty seaside towns of Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek. After all that downhill, it is time to test the legs with a climb up Smitswinkel, where we will head past the reserve entrance to Scarborough and Misty Cliffs. After lunch at Imhoff Farm, we will make our way back to our starting point, tackling Chapman’s Peak and Suikerboisse to prepare ourselves for race day. Total Cycling Distance: 112km/70miles.
CLARENCE DRIVE RIDE – Friday 4TH MARCH 2016
This morning we will transfer out-of-town to Gordon’s Bay, where we will start our ride on the majestic False Bay Coastline overlooking the Cape Peninsula. After cycling the winding coastal road between the sea and the side of the Overberg Mountains, we will flatten out for a few km’s before enjoying a traditional lunch at Cafe Jack in Betty’s Bay. Once re-fuelled, we will head back in the same direction, enjoying new views of this magnificent stretch of coastline. Extremely picturesque, this combines cycling with sightseeing, so don’t forget your camera! Total Cycling Distance: 70km/44miles with option of further 20km/12miles