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March 11, 2012

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2012 results

Some 36 000 cyclists started the 2012 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town this morning. Photo by Roy Barford

The 2012 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town was won by Reinardt Janse van Rensburg of Team MTN Qhubeka, after a tight sprint at the finish. The women's event was won by Ashleigh Moolman.

The 23-year-old Janse van Resburg, who lives in Pretoria, said on Twitter after the race: "My phone has never been this busy.Thanks everybody for the messages! Its the first race I've known, great to win it!"

Moolman said via Twitter: "Thanks everyone for the congrats & mentions! Delighted with my win at #Argus today, but praying hard for teammates & all involved in crash!"

The 110-kilometre Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, which starts in Adderley Street and finishes in Green Point after a tour of the peninsula, is regarded as one of the most scenic cycling events on the planet. Popular sections of the route include Misty Cliffs and Chapman's Peak. Competitors had to contend with extremely high temperatures along the route, but most appeared to be enjoying the warm weather.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, who normally fires the gun to start this event, was today among the 36 000 cyclists who started the race. Despite her recent jokes about her age, Zille is still 31 years younger than the oldest competitor at this year's event. Japie Malan, aged 92, started the race on a tandem bicycle with his son.

Cyclists who want to know where they finished can view Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour results on the RaceTec website.

See more photos of the race.

Watch a short video clip showing a group of cyclists finish the 2012 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Green Point, Cape Town.

It was another tight finish at the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. Photo by Roy Barford

After party

The official Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour after party takes place from 19h00 at Quay Four, which is near the amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront. Euphonik from 5FM will be broadcasting his dance show "My House" from here.

Camps Bay will be hosting a variety of parties tonight as well. For those who want to party into the early hours of Monday morning, Roger Goode will be playing at St Yves.

Replenish those carbohydrates!

If you've just cycled the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, you're in need of carbohydrates. There are a number of excellent Italian restaurants in Green Point, Sea Point, within easy walking distance of the race finish line. Many of these establishments will however be fully booked and you may wish to contact one of the establishments below for alternative options:

Bacini's:

Address: 177 Kloof Street

Phone number: +27 (0)21 423 6668

Borruso's: 

Address: 92 Campground Road, Rondebosch

Phone number: +27 (0)21 689 1756 or +27 (0)21 689 1759

Tuscany Beach Restaurant

Address: 41 Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Phone number: +27 (0)21 438 1213

See Twitter photos of the 2012 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.

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