After months of spinning lessons, weeks of leg training, and days of packing and unpacking our suitcases, it is finally time to head to South Africa for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016! Our favourite sporting event of the year, the World’s Largest Timed Cycle Race promises to be even bigger and better this year, and with the iconic Green Point Stadium as the backdrop for the Cycle Tour EXPO, it’s going to be one of the busiest weekends in the cycling calendar!
The Cape Town Cycle Tour (previously the Cape Argus), now attracts over 35,000 cyclists a year, with both professionals and novices from across the globe lining up to compete in what is now fondly referred to as the ‘world’s most beautiful cycle tour’.
A one day, 109km ride around the Cape Peninsula, the Cape Town Cycle Tour is not the easiest route in the world, and the first hike of the day up Wynberg Hill (also referred to as ‘whine berg’ by the locals) comes as a shock to many, but once you have made it to the end of the M3, you can enjoy a pretty flat route all the way to Smitswinkel, where your next challenge of the day will be waiting for you.
The route from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town is packed with spectators, and the atmosphere is electric, so unless you are going for a personal best record, take a moment to stop at one of the refreshment stations and soak up the ambiance that you simply will not find anywhere else in the world.
South African spectators are loud, fun, and bursting with enthusiasm, and so if you feel like giving up, they will give you the encouragement you need to get back on your trusty steed and make it up Chapman’s Peak, up Suikerbossie, and all the way through Camps Bay to finish line just outside the Green Point Stadium.
They say that once you have completed the Cape Town Cycle Tour, you become addicted, and we’d have to agree! 2016 will be our 5th ‘Argus’, but it certainly won’t be our last. Who’s joining us for the Cape Town Cycle Tour in 2017? Everybody say Whoopla!