Whoever you are and whatever your ability, completing a Cape Town Cycle Tour is a definite tick against the bucket list and a source of enduring memories!
With the 41st running of its world-famous cycling tour as its crescendo, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week is a nine-day celebration of all things cycling, Cape Town embraces human power and celebrates the healthy lifestyle and freedom of movement the humble bicycle offers all its inhabitants and visitors.
The Lifecycle Week kicks off with the MTB Challenge, held out in the Cape Winelands on Saturday, 2 March 2019, followed by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior on Sunday, 3 March 2019. This future-star event is hosted in the Cape Town Stadium Precinct, in the shadow of Table Mountain.
The 29th annual Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo will be held from 7-9 March 2019 at the Cape Town Stadium for the third time, and is once again chock-a-block with exhibitors from within the cycling industry, and beyond. This is also the venue for the registration process each entrant must follow to collect their race number for the main event on 10 March 2019, before taking in South Africa’s biggest cycling exhibition.
The three hundred exhibitors will welcome more than 70 000 visitors over the three days. Visitors can view all the latest bike stuff, buy those last-minute spares, be tempted into exotic holidays, check your blood pressure – the opportunities are endless.
On 10 March 2019 some 35 000 cyclists will line up for the biggest road cycling event on the South African calendar at the Grand Parade Precinct before setting off on the iconic route that includes highlights and challenges like Wynberg Hill, Smitswinkel, Misty Cliffs, Chapman’s Peak and Suikerbossie. Passing by two oceans, fynbos-sloped mountains and a modern cityscape, the 109km course is arguably the most beautiful of any mass-participation race route in the world.
There is an energy on the route you won’t feel at many other events. For the pros, it’s a case of see and be seen, while newbies are carried on near-tangible waves of support by the thousands of enthusiastic spectators who line the route. The weekend warriors and serious amateurs churn up the kilometres, marshalling their bunches in an effort to chase the proverbial carrot of a personal best time. Or the hallowed sub-three.
The beauty of the event lies not only in the backdrop, but also the fact that it brings together all manner of cyclists from around the world. At elite level, it is the race every South African pro wants to win. Further down the ranks, it’s the benchmark event by which every serious amateur cyclist in the country measures themselves. A Cycle Tour PB is a much-cherished accomplishment and those in the realm of the three-hour mark wear the badge with pride.
The closer one gets to that, the smaller the increments in which improvements are measured. But those front bunches are the minority and for most, the day is much more about the camaraderie and the fun.