March 14, 2010
Praise for Cape Town after Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour
Tandem competitors. Photos by Roy Barford
From left: Shane Mays, Patrick Sorrouw and Andrew Baker of King’s Park Cycling Team
Competitors near the finish in Green Point
Cyclists who took part in the 2010 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour have praised Cape Town for its hospitality, after a thoroughly enjoyable event on Sunday.
Uwer Rode, from Germany, took the opportunity to ride his first Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour while he was visiting the Mother City.
“I don’t really cycle much, but I am out for a friend’s wedding and didn’t want to miss the opportunity,” he says. “Chapman’s Peak was my favourite part of the route, and Misty Cliffs was also amazing in terms of scenery. I would love to come back and do this again.”
Three members of the King’s Park Cycling Team from Durban said the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour had become an annual week away for them.
Patrick Sorrouw, who has completed the Argus route 14 times, says it is the best week of the year for him and his team mates.
“We rent a house in Camps Bay for R3 000 per night, which is so worth it; we really make a good week of it,” he says. “We visit the wine routes and catch up with old friends. This time we also visited Khayelitsha.”
Sorrouw recommends the experience to any cyclist. “It is such a pleasure cycling here. Cape Town is one of the cleanest places you can get, I wish Durban could be more like this.”
The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour route is one of the most scenic in the world, with most cyclists on Sunday saying that Cape Point and Misty Cliffs were their favourite sections.
Capetonian cyclist, Adrian Selfe, who has completed the race four times, says that the race becomes much easier beyond Cape Point. “You then have the wind at your back and it feels great.”
Selfe says most riders are very sociable and engage in banter throughout the route. “You have to help each other out. Often people get knocked over by the wind or have technical problems, but there is always good spirit among the competitors and the crowds really get behind you.”
Selfe explains that Cape Town has a great cycling culture, both on the road and off it.
“Mountain biking is very popular here; there are some great routes around Signal Hill and some forests in Tokai which are well worth a visit.”
The race was won by South African Malcolm Lange, who was joined on the podium by countrymen Christoff van Heerden and Darryl Impey. Cycling legend Lance Armstrong finished ninth in his first Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.