The world’s largest timed cycle race, the Cape Town Cycle Tour, celebrates its 40th Birthday on 12th March 2017, when some 35,000 cyclists from across the globe will descend on South Africa’s Mother City for what has become one of the most iconic cycle races in the world.
A one day, 109km ride around the Western Cape Peninsula, the Cape Town Cycle Tour will take you along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the southern hemisphere, and with average temperatures hovering around the 30°C degree mark, it is the perfect start of season ride for international cyclists who have been dying to get on their bike all winter long.
Due to the huge demand for Cape Town Cycle Tour entries, the organisers established a new ballot style registration system in 2016, which left over 20,000 riders without a golden ticket. While the entry system for 2017 hasn’t been confirmed yet, it is expected to be the same as last year, and so if you want to be in with a chance, you need to register your interest when entries open, or book with one of the few agents that have guaranteed entries from the event organisers.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour (previously the Cape Argus) has come a long way since the first race in 1977 when just a few hundred cyclists took part in the ‘Big Ride-In’, and yet, despite its size and the logistics involved in closing down an entire city for a one-day event, it just keeps on getting better year after year.
Will 2017 be the best ever Cape Town Cycle Tour? Well, I guess we’ll have to wait until March to find out, but they do say life begins at 40, and so we’d better save the date!