It may still be January, but the Cape Town Cycle Tour is quietly shuffling closer and if you are a bicycle enthusiast – you certainly don’t want to miss one of the premier events on the South African calendar.
This is the largest, timed cycling event on the planet and in 2015, it will take place for the 38th time.
This beautiful race is set for Sunday, 8 March, which is a little over one month away – so if you are still carrying some ‘excess baggage’ from the festive season, you better step up that training.
Around 35 000 cyclists will queue up at the start line to take on the gruelling but majestic 109km route, which boasts views of iconic landmarks such as Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles.
The race starts in Cape Town and winds through the entire Peninsula. First you head past the University of Cape Town before seeing the sprawling vineyards of Constantia. A coastal stretch awaits as you pass through Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town before you start the trip back at Smitswinkel.
The world renowned Chapman’s Peak is bound to take your breath away as you head into the scenic Hout Bay, before closing in on the finish line along the stunning Atlantic Seaboard.
Unfortunately, general entries for South African riders have closed for the 2015 but there may still be a chance for you to enter through a participating charity.
For full details on the event, you can check out their Cape Town Cycle Tour official website (www.cycletour.co.za) or you can contact the media office on 021 686 0222.
There are also a number of festivities that take place on race day in many of the towns that the cyclists speed through, while viewing spots are setup along the entire route.
Whether you will be on the bike to burn rubber on Cape Town’s main roads, or just want to be a part of the buzz, make sure that you jot the Cape Town Cycle Tour down in your diary – oh, and you may also want to take note of the road closures on the day to avoid any frustration!