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Gear Up and Participate in the 2018 Cape Town Cycling Tour

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Take your ride to the next level by preparing yourself for elite cycling race like the Cape Town cycling tour. A renowned cycling tour in South Africa, this race is very popular in the cycling community because it is the world’s biggest timed race. The next event will be held on 11th March 2018.

The popularity of this event is evident and if you wish to participate you should register soon as more than 35,000 race spots are completely filled up many months before the race begins. 

Brief History of the Cycling Tour in Cape Town

It was in 1978 that a big cycle riding race was organized to draw attention to the fact that South Africa did not have enough cycling paths. This event attracted a lot of cyclists and the then Mayor of Cape Town was one of them.

The race was initially planned to cover a distance of 140 kilometers, with some part of the course extending into the Cape Point Natural Reserve. However, the length of the race course was shortened to 104 kilometers after entry to the natural reserve was denied.

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Cape Town Cycling Tour 2018

Eventually, the sponsorship for this event was given to the local newspaper, Cape Argus. Since then, Cape Town Cycling Tour has continued to grow in popularity and participation, and the current event forms just a part of the grand cycling week that comprises of the following races:

  • Tricycle race (for kids below 6 years of age)

  • Junior cycling race (for children between 6 and 12 years)

  • Mountain Bike Challenge

The Giro del Capo is a 5-day long racing event that culminates with the Cape Town cycling tour. Since its first event in 1978, the Cape Town cycling tour has seen numerous changes in its route and encountered cancellation.

Most of these have been attributed the temperatures soaring too high, very strong winds, natural disasters like forest fires and safety concerns of the cyclists.

The 40th edition of this event that was to be held in 2017 had to be canceled due to bad weather. Therefore, the 2018 event is being promoted as #40Take2 on social media.

Seeding Details

Since this event attracts a huge number of participants, the organizers have made a set of requirements that have to be met for participation in different levels.

They follow a seeding procedure where the participants are categorized according to their seeding index, that is the ability of a cyclist to perform against other cyclists. An index of 0 signifies excellent probability of the participant to win the race and a seeding index of 100 denotes that the cyclist will take twice as much time as the winner to complete the race.

For calculating the seeding index of a cyclist, his/her performance in 70-kilometer long races are considered.

The races that are included in this assessment are:

  • Telkom 947 MTB Challenge

  • Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge

  • Medihelp Stellenbosch cycle Tour

Cyclists from other countries can get their seeding index by sending their race details like distance, winner’s timing, their timing and total ascent and descent.The aim of seeding participants is to allocate them in a group of similar cycling ability.

Cape Town Cycling Tour: Route Details

The route of the Cape Argus Cycling Tour typically starts from Cape Town and goes all the way to Cape Peninsula and returns to Cape Town, covering a total distance of 109 kilometers. These 109 kilometers traverse through some of the most scenic landscapes in the country.

The race typically starts at the Hertzog Boulevard at the Civic Center in Cape Town, but the 2018 event will witness the change of starting point to Grand Parade Start Precinct.

The route will continue, as before, to Nelson Mandela Boulevard. From there, the participants will turn towards Muizenburg to reach the main road adjacent to False Bay coast, all the way to Smitswinkel Bay.

After this point, the route turns west towards Cape of Good Hope side of the Table Mountain National Park.

The route now turns towards the North and passes through Scarborough, Noordhoek, Hout Bay and Camps Bay, before culminating at Cape Town Stadium at Green Point.

Scenic route
Tour scenic route along the coast

The total elevation on the cycling route is 1220 meters, with the points Hospital Bend, Edinburg Drive, Smitswinkel, Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie being most challenging.

Refreshment points are located at 14 points on the route.

These points also have medical units and repair units stationed. In the second half of the race, physiotherapists will also be stationed at the medical units. Portable toilets will be placed throughout the route.

Registration and Participation

The registration for the upcoming event for the Cape Town cycling tour can be done until 23rd February 2018, but the confirmation regarding acceptance of participation will be sent by email after that.

Participation in the race for charity can be applied for until 31st January 2018.

Cape Town Cycle Tour 2018 entry will be preferentially given to the registered participants of the 2017 event that had to be cancelled.

  • Registration fee is R540 for South African participants
  • R1000 for International participants and the participants must be at least 13 years old on the race day.

Children accompanying their parents on a tandem bike should be at least 11 years old on race day.

Cape Town Cycling Tour: Charity Groups

A great way to contribute to a good cause is to participate in this event for charity. Participation for charity can be done for any of the registered charity organizations and meeting their minimum fundraising requirements.

Some partnering charity organizations are:

  • Pebbles Project
  • TEARS Animal Rescue
  • Langebaan Animal Care
  • Cape Kidney Association
  • Edunova
  • The Rainbow Academy
  • AfrikaTikkun

Collection of Race Numbers

Cape Town Stadium will be the venue for the pre-race Expo that will showcase some of the best sports and cycling accessories and equipment form over 300 vendors. The Expo will also have arrangements for handing out the race packets and race numbers to all registered participants. The Expo will be held on 8th March 2018 from 09:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., on 9th March 2018 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on 10th March 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Travelling to the Expo and Parking Arrangements

The stadium offers parking but due to the anticipated rush, it is better to avail public transport like bus and cabs. Shuttle services will ply to and from the Expo venue.

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Register now for the 2018 race

Training for the 2018 Cape Town Cycling Tour

Finishing this event will require targeted fitness regime that needs to be followed regularly.

The training sessions should be a judicious mix of hill repeats, long and steady riding and pyramid intervals. In addition, basic cardio exercises and specific exercises for strengthening leg muscles should be practiced. Building endurance is vital, but do not neglect the importance of recovery periods.

Know about that fitness regime that every cyclist needs: 

Dietary control is also vital for this race.

Know more about the diet that cyclists should consider: 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will the next Cape Town Cycling Tour be held?
A: The next event will be held on 11th March 2018.

Q: What is the registration fee for this race?
A: For South African Citizens, the fee is R540. For other participants, it is R1000.

Q: What are the age limitations for this race?
A: Participants need to be at least 13 years old on the race day in order to be eligible for this event. Children accompanying their parents on tandem cycles should be at least 11 years old.

Q: Is the registration fee refundable in case of event cancellation?
A: The registration fee is not refundable but in case of event cancellation, participants will be given preference for the next event.

Q: From where can I collect my race numbers?
A: Race numbers can be collected from the pre-race Expo that will be held on 8th, 9th and 10th March 2018, at the Cape Town Stadium.

2016 Cape Town Cycling Tour Winners

Clint Hendricks became the fastest finisher in men’s category and timed 02:35:31; while An-Lin Kachelhoffer was the fastest finisher in the women’s category and timed 02:51:26. Both of them were from South Africa.

Tour 2016 winners
Cape Town Cycling Tour 2016 winners

Race Records and Other Race Facts

  • The record for covering 110 kilometers in the race are held by Robbie Hunter in men’s category, timed at 02:27:29 in 2008; and by Renee Scott in women’s category, timed at 02:44:04 in 1991.

  • The fastest completion of 105 kilometers in the race format was by Wimpie van der Merwe, timed at 02:16:40 in 1993.

  • Penny Krohn holds the record for maximum consecutive victories, with 25 wins.

  • At the age of 92 years, Japie Malan holds the record for being the oldest cyclist to have completed the race in 2012 on a tandem, timed at 05:49:00. He had finished the race in 2010 on a single bicycle at the age of 90 years, timed at 06:48:52.

  • Mary Warner became the oldest woman, aged 80 years, to have completed the tour in 2006, and timed at 06:43:38.

Cape Town Cycling Tour is a unique event that tests the endurance and skills of the cyclists. The event has become very popular and cyclists from all across the globe participate in this event. This race is part of a week-long cycling tournament that comprises of races for cyclists of all ages and levels of expertise.

Participating in this event is a truly thrilling experience and we encourage you to take part in it.

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