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March 07, 2012

Cape Town – A city of sport

Mountain biking is just one of the many fantastic sport activities available in Cape Town. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

Most of us need no convincing that Cape Town is a distinguished tourist haven but, to top that accolade, it’s also fast becoming renowned as a city of sport, playing host to world-class sporting events. As we speak, many local and international sportsmen and woman are gearing up and putting in their final training hours to participate in some major events on the Cape Town sporting calendar.

35th Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour – Sunday March 11, 2012

The Cape Argus Cycle Tour attracts thousands of cyclists to Cape Town each year. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

This coming Sunday will see people from far and wide, testing their pedal power and taking on the 110 km cycle challenge around the Cape Peninsula. Now in its 35th year, the race has grown to see the likes of Lance Armstrong participate. Regulars will tell you that, while the route is easy on the eye, it’s not as easy on the legs, and a fair amount of training and preparation is required in order to finish comfortably. The event also hosts the Cape Argus Lifecycle Expo prior to race day from March 8 (09h30-19h00), March 9 (09h00-19h00) and March 10 (09h00-16h00) at the Good Hope Centre. R30 entry, participants free. 

www.cycletour.co.za

43rd Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon – April 7, 2012

This marathon takes place over the Easter weekend on April 6 and 7, 2012, and offers runners scenic views of the Cape Peninsula. First held in 1970 with just 26 runners, the event has grown and now includes an ultra-marathon (56km), a half-marathon (21km), a trail run (10km/22km), an international friendship run (5km) and fun runs. This year’s half-marathon will see runners faced with a new route for the first 10km and, while entries for the half-marathon and trail run have reached maximum capacity, there is still time for those wishing to enter the ultra-marathon and the fun runs. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo will be held on April 4 (10h00-18h00), April 5 (10h00-19h00) and April 6 (09h00-17h00) at the Good Hope Centre. 

www.twooceansmarathon.org.za

Super Rugby/ Super XV 2012

The annual Super Rugby tournament is well underway, with the Mother City’s local team the DHL Stormers on a mission to bring the trophy home. This popular event sets the DHL Newlands Stadium abuzz with fans, and the presence of world-class players makes for thrilling sporting entertainment. There are a number of home games scheduled for the year at the stadium with the next two games (DHL Stormers vs Blues and DHL Stormers vs Vodacom Blue Bulls) scheduled for March 16 and March 31, 2012, respectively. 

www.thestormers.com

Whether you are active and love to get involved, or are more of an enthusiastic spectator, a number of sporting events are always on the go.

You can also try your hand at mountain biking, trail running or one of the many fun runs, walks and hikes.

www.runnersworld.co.za/race-calendar

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