South African Entries for the 40th Cape Town Cycle Tour have just closed, and if you are one of the many cyclists who are simply dying to secure your place on the World’s Largest Timed Cycle Race in 2017, the only thing left to do is cross your fingers (and toes!) and wait patiently until next week, when applicants will be notified by email if they were successful… or not!
Due to the ever-growing demand for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, both nationally and internationally, the event organisers have had to adapt the entry process in recent years to make it fairer for everyone, and while there were a few IT hiccups on day one of the ballot due to the huge volume of people trying to log in to the system the moment entries opened, this year’s entry system has worked beautifully.
The iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour will celebrate its 40th Birthday in 2017, and so the event promises to be very special indeed. As in previous years, over 35,000 professional and hobby cyclists are expected to line up on Sunday 12th March, and if you are an international cyclist who intends to be one of them, now is the time to secure your place.
There are still some great flight deals to be had (British Airways are currently running a sale), but the city’s hotels are filling up fast, and if you want to rent a bike in Cape Town for the cycle tour next spring, you’ll be very lucky to get your hands on a carbon road bike at this late stage.
The safari camps are filling up too, so if you plan on extending your Cape Town Cycle Tour trip with a safari in one of South Africa’s beautiful National Parks, you need to act now. It might seem like a million miles away, but there’s just over 6 months to go, and by the time you’ve got Christmas out-of-the-way (sorry to mention the ‘C’ word in August!), it will be time to pack your Lycra and head on down to the Mother City for what is, ultimately, the best one-day cycle tour in the world!
See you there!