Cape Argus, Pick n Pay Cycle tour is an annual event over a gruelling 109 kilometres of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The event starts in the Cape Town City centre, along the Blue Route heading down into Simonstown. The route then turns at Smitswinkel, heading back along the coastline before reaching the humungous incline up and over Chapman’s Peak, another smaller incline up to Suikerbossie and then down along the coast eventually ending in Greenpoint. This years event will take place on Sunday, 11 March 2012.
This event started in 1977, initially as a Ride-In in the city centre to protest the fact that there were no facilities for cyclists. From there it has grown from year to year to the present day number where entrants have been limited to the first 30 00 entrants.
Preparation for this event is recommended, it needs at least a two month training course, especially in hilly terrain, to get fit enough for this monster event. It is an event not to be taken lightly, as it is extremely strenuous.
Entrants comprise of both international and local cyclists and then of course there are always those riders who are out for a day of fun or even because of a dare. Many of the fun cyclists dress up in regalia ranging from men in pink angel outfits to others dressed as the devil.
We are wondering if the Chapmans Peak toll is applicable to cyclists or only motorists? With protests against the Johannesburg tolls, we are wondering if this may have an effect on future events?
Many roads are closed off for this event so make sure you plan your day out on this day, or go support a friend or a team, whatever you do just enjoy!