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January 27, 2010

The Cape Argus Cycle Tour

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Get into gear with the event of the year! The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is ready to welcome thousands of cyclists from across the globe to experience and endure the “mother” of all races!

Some historical titbits about the tour:

  • The race, then known as the Peninsula Marathon, started in 1977 and is now in its 33rd year!
  • In 1978 the Peninsula Marathon became the Argus Cycle Tour when Cape Town’s largest newspaper, The Argus, agreed to sponsor the race.
  • In the new millennium, Pedal Power Association and the Rotary Club of Claremont joined forces to establish the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. An event office was established to run the tour, which was rebranded with a new look and new logo.
  • In 2002, for the first time in history, the tour had to be stopped. Weather predictions for the day had been “fine and warm”, with a maximum temperature of 28°C, but temperatures of 42°C were recorded on parts of the course.
  • Last year, 2009, presented a number of challenges, including howling winds that blew fences over and ripped banners to shreds. Of the 30 000 race entrants, only 27 000 were recorded as completing the race. The 2009 tour was won by Aaron Brown in a time of 2:46:32, while Jennie Stenerhag pedalled it up for the ladies in a time of 03:06:01.

Cape Argus Cycle Tour FAQs:

  • When will the 2010 Cycle Tour be held?  On Sunday, March 14.
  • What are the entry fees? If you are a member of a cycling club or association affiliated to Cycling South Africa, the entry fee is R260. If you are a valid PPA member you receive a R30 discount and your entry fee is R230. If you do not belong to either a club or association affiliated to Cycling South Africa, then your entry fee is R295. This includes the cost of a “One day event licence”. International entrants pay R450 and African entrants pay R300.
  • What route does the cycle tour follow? The start is in the city centre, outside the Civic Centre. You then travel along the M3 to Lakeside where you will be diverted on to Boyes Drive. You will then rejoin the Main Road at Kalk Bay, after a steep descent from Boyes Drive. From there you take the coastal road to Simon’s Town and then pass the entrance to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. You then continue to Scarborough and on to Ocean View, missing the Kommetjie Hill. Then it’s Chapman’s Peak and up Suikerbossie and along the coast to Green Point. Please note it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the route. Much of the route is open to traffic on the day; you are warned to keep to the left of the road and not cross the centre line at any time and to obey the traffic officers and authorised race marshals. Participants other than those in the leading groups may be required to stop at certain intersections.

For all other queries and information, please have a look at the Cape Argus Cycle Tour website, www.cycletour.co.za, or contact Cape Town Tourism, also a proud sponsor of this annual event, on +27 (21) 487 6800, email capetown@capetown.travel or visit www.capetown.travel.

Other cycling tour dates to diarise:

  • March 6 & 7: Cape Argus Pick n Pay Mountain Bike Challenge
  • March 11: Cape Argus Lifecycle Expo and Cycle Tour Registration
  • March 12: Cape Argus Lifecycle Expo and Cycle Tour Registration
  • March 13: Cape Argus Pick n Pay Tricycle Tour
  • March 13: Cape Argus Pick n Pay Junior Tour
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