We may have seven months to go until the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2015, but if you are an International cyclists and you intend to rent a bicycle in Cape Town for the world’s largest timed cycle race – you really need to do it now!
I know you probably think I am overreacting, but the truth is, once registration for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour opens in September this year, virtually all the quality road bikes in Cape Town will be rented out, and if you don’t book now – you will struggle to find something suitable.
With 35,000 cyclist to cater for, the demand is far higher than the supply in Cape Town over the Argus period, and while you may be able to rent a mountain bike in the weeks before the event, you can pretty much guarantee it will be at least 20 years old and have more rust than race!
We encourage all international cyclists to take their own bikes to Cape Town for the Cape Argus, but we know that it is not idea if you are heading off on a South African Safari or driving the Garden Route after the race, so if renting is the only option for you, secure your bike now.
Bicycle rental companies in Cape Town have a minimum rental period over the Cape Argus weekend, they have to make money after all, but with the current $/£/€ exchange rate, you can get a quality road bike for 5-7 days for around £150 – £200. Transporting your own bicycle with a reputable airline would cost a similar amount, so you need to weigh-up the pros and cons and decide which option is right for you.
If you intend to ride the Cape Argus Cycle Tour for fun, then renting a road bike is probably the perfect solution for you, but if you are racing for a good time and the style/ type / condition of your road bike is very important to you – renting is not a good option. They are rental bikes after all, and you will not be the first person riding them!
We have some great connections in Cape Town, so if you need a bike, just drop us an email and we’ll put you in touch with our preferred partners – but don’t delay, we probably won’t be able to help you this time next month!