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March 15, 2010

Finishing the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour

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Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, starts the action. Photos by Deon Gurling.

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Cycling legend Lance Armstrong (centre) finished ninth in his first event.

The world’s largest timed cycle tour, The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, had the Mother City enthralled yesterday as more than 46000 cyclists braved the 109km route that stretched from Heerengracht in the CBD, through Newlands, Muizenburg and across the treacherous Chapman’s Peak down to picturesque Camps Bay.

Local, and international participants from more than 61 countries, braved a blustery South Easter and early start times to traverse what is arguably the most scenic cycle race around.

Cycling heavyweight Lance Armstrong, among other sporting stars, kicked off the first race of the 2010 tour. Cape Town Tourism acting CEO, Belinda van Niekerk, took a turn with the starting pistol to kick-off the international group, which included tennis legend Gabriella Sabatini. Local sporting heroes also took to cycling, with the likes of Francois Pienaar and Chester Williams trading their rugby boots for cycling jerseys.

As the wind subsided a bit and temperatures soared, the difficult route took its toll; medics had their hands full treating cramps, minor crashes and fatigue. Despite this, the finish at Green Point beckoned, and with the crowd’s support, the cyclists peddled their way across the finish line, leaving the gruelling hills of the 2010 race behind them; until next year.

Read more of our Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour coverage:

Lance Armstrong thanks Cape Town

Praise for Cape Town after Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour

Local cyclists upstage Lance Armstrong

Colourful characters at the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour

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