If you would love to participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2017, but are worried that you are too old to compete in the World’s Largest Timed Cycle Race – think again!
Riders in their 60s, 70s and even 80s take part in Cape Town’s most iconic cycle tour each year, and if the results of the 2016 race are anything to go by, it looks like the rest of us have some work to do if we are to compete against the pensionable age groups next spring.
South Africa’s best-selling cycling magazine, Bicycling, published a list of the Cape Town Cycle Tour over 60s age group winners last week, and the results have left many of us feeling shocked, amazed, and dare I say, a little bit embarrassed to think that we were thrilled with our sub 4-hour finish time! We were well and truly whipped by many ‘senior’ riders, some of whom finished the 109km in less than 3 hours!
Are you ready to weep? Grab your hankie and have a read of this…
Male Group Winners Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016
- Winner of the Male 60 – 64 Age Group: Linus Van Onselen (63) finished in 02:52:20
- Winner of the Male 65 – 69 Age Group: Henry Fagan (65) finished in 02:57:22
- Winner of the Male 70 – 74 Age Group: John Passmore (70) finished in 03:06:27
- Winner of the Male 75 – 79 Age Group: David Redfearn (76) finished in 03:32:46
- Winner of the Male 80 – 84 Age Group: Peter Plath (80) finished in 03:54:39
And the Ladies didn’t do bad either! Female Group Winners Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016
- Winner of the Female 60 – 64 Age Group: Penny Krohn (64) finished in 03:13:28
- Winner of the Female 65 – 69 Age Group: Benita Raubenheimer (65) finished in 03:24:22
- Winner of the Female 70 – 74 Age Group: Patricia Woollett (73) finished in 03:41:28
- Winner of the Female 75 – 79 Age Group: Ann Benton (76) finished in 05:15:00
- Winner of the Female 80 – 84 Age Group: Maisie Swoboda (81) finished in 05:54:08
The say, ‘age is just a number’, and if the above finishing times are anything to go by, I’d have to agree!
The cycle tour has no upper age limits, so if you are young at heart and love to cycle, there is no reason at all why you shouldn’t compete next spring. So book your place on the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2017 now, after all, you’re not getting any younger!