The Cape Town Cycle Tour is one of the most iconic cycle races in the world. The event previously known as the Cape Argus attracts tens of thousands of riders from around the globe and is the world’s largest timed cycle race, which is held on the second Sunday in March. Next year will be the 40th anniversary of the 109km race that starts in the middle of Africa’s most beautiful city Cape Town and takes you along one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines. A perfect start of season ride for Northern Hemisphere cyclists who have been itching to get on their bike all winter long.
Around these years, the race has attracted a number of movie stars and sports pros, including our own adventure travel specialist and former England Test cricketer & Captain Allan Lamb, who has ridden in the Cape Town Cycle Tour several times. Here’s what he had to say about it.
“Having ridden in four Cape Town Cycle Tour races, I can say it’s the most beautiful cycle race you will experience. The crowds are amazing and cheer you along at all points of the race and spectators light up barbecues and really make the atmosphere for all the cyclists.
The start of the race is in the middle of Cape Town and takes you along the M3 to Muizenberg where you hit the coast road that takes you along the coastal waters of False Bay all the way to Cape Point. You then head down to Scarborough where you cycle along the Atlantic Ocean before hitting Chapmans Peak which has breath taking views of Hout Bay and the ocean. Once you leave Hout Bay you cycle up to Suikerbossie where you join up with the Atlantic Ocean that takes you past Llandudno with amazing views of Camps Bay and Clifton before you finish at Green Point. You will then taste your first cold beer which you will thoroughly deserve. Depending on your degree of fitness you could finish the cycle in under 4 hours, but if you are going to stop and take in the scenery then it will take you longer.
I would definitely cycle with a group of friends as it gives you more encouragement as well as enjoyment.
I would recommend The Cape Town Cycle Tour to beginners and elite cyclists alike, so look no further and book your trip now to avoid disappointment.”
If you are interested in taking part next year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour then why not book a place on our small group escorted cycle tour of the Cape (maximum 10 people). In addition to guaranteed entry to the race (fee payable locally), you will also enjoy an escorted pre cycle tour venture from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town with overnight stops at Jeffrey’s Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Heidelberg and Hermanus, a city tour of Cape Town and a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain.