If your idea of fun is travelling 109km route, dressed head to toe in lycra on a set of two wheels, then the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour is for you!
Known for being the largest individually timed cycle race in the world (with approximately 35,000 entrants), this popular cycling tour boasts one of the most picturesque routes in the world, making it a bucket list item for those who like active holidays. Better still, there are various events happening in the week leading up to the big race, making it a great trip for the whole family. And if you are not taking part in the race, we recommend you spectate – as the vibe is going to be lekker!
The 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour will take place on 8 March 2020.
Junior: This is is a fun ride that takes place on the Sunday of the main event, with several races available to a few age groups, from toddlers to energetic 12-year-olds. Taking place from 08:30 until 14:00 at the Cape Town Stadium Precinct, Green Point.
Cape Town Cycle Tour: The 109-kilometre route meanders across the Cape Peninsula, making for some incredible mountain and sea views. But don’t be fooled! While it’s pretty, there are some mean hills to conquer and you’ll also want to mentally prepare yourself for a potential battle with the prevailing summer wind coming from the South East (known as the Cape Doctor) that can be rather strong during March.
RACE DAY TIPS:
Cycle Tour Expo: You’ll need to pick up your race number and pack, (as well as your bike if you had it shipped down), in the days leading up to the race at the Cycle Tour Expo. The expo is held at the Cape Town Stadium (300m from never@home), where you’ll find plenty of parking and hundreds of stalls dedicated to the art of cycling. Make a day of it by bringing along friends and family to do some shopping at the V&A Waterfront, picking up any last minute necessities.
One Final Taper Ride: It’s always a smart idea to loosen up those muscles ahead of the big day, but remember not to overdo it. We suggest you either take an easy ride along the coastal road from never@home through Green Point Park, along the Sea Point Promenade through to to Camps Bay. A nice short taster before the big day!
The Last Supper: Make sure you eat something nutritious at an early dinner the night before the race. While pasta isn’t for everyone, it’s an efficient carb and if you’re doing the full 109 kilometres, you’ll certainly need every ounce of energy you can get. Those staying with us will also be happy to know that the famous pizzeria, Andicio24 is next door to never@home and is open 24 hours.
POST-RACE CELEBRATIONS AT THE RANDY!
After all that cycling we can only imagine that you will be gagging for a few cold ones, gulped down as you dip your legs into a refreshing pool. Sounds like a dream? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Just swing by the Randy Warthog bar and grill for the perfect way to end your scenic cycle.