loader
CYCLISTS' GUIDE
CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR
DATE 10 October 2021
TIME 06h15
ORGANISERS Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust
DISTANCE 109; 47
PROVINCE Western Cape
START VENUE Green Point Athletics Stadium,Off Granger Bay Boulevarse,Cape Town
PRIMARY CONTACT
NAME Erick Oosthuizen
NUMBER
EMAIL erick@cycletour.co.za
FAX
HOME NUMBER
WORK NUMBER 087-8207223
SECONDARY CONTACT
NAME Race Organiser
NUMBER
EMAIL info@cycletour.co.za
FAX
HOME NUMBER
WORK NUMBER 087-8207223
ENTRY DETAILS



 

General Entries for the 43rd edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour opened on Thursday, 29 April. 18 000 entries still up for grabs. 

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions the event will be run on a limited basis this year and we urge all those enthusiasts still wishing to obtain an entry - to do so as soon as possible - before the entry limit is reached.

Entry fee: R595  

Refund policy? Yes (click HERE to read)

Covid-19 protocols in place? Yes

Entries available this year? Limited to 18 000 

Cut-off time: each rider has 7 hours to complete the course from their own start time




DIRECTIONS

Race Start Coordinates: -33.90327221535348, 18.398916073492728 

Race Finish Coordinates: None

THE RUN


The start in town is always festive. While it is very crowded, it is well-ordered. There is some initial climbing as you make your way out onto the Eastern Boulevard, but amid the excitement of the occasion it will hardly be noticed. This is a good time to go over your race schedule and to get a measure of the bunch you are touring with. Before you know it you pass the University of Cape Town sports fields and the finish venue of another Cape Classic, the Two Oceans Marathon.

The race is characterised by four hills. The first should not prove much of a challenge at around the 13 kilometre mark. Once over this, the ride to Lakeside along the Simon van der Stel freeway is easy and pleasant. The view over Constantia is breathtaking. Then on to Muizenberg. The road along the coast has its own village charm as you push through St James and on to Kalk Bay. This is an easy part of the tour.

While one may be tempted to go a bit faster, resist the temptation. Rather enjoy the beautiful view of False Bay, bordered by the Cape Peninsula Mountains on the one side and the Hottentots Holland Mountains on the other. Here you may do battle with the southeaster; it is a good time to tuck into the belly of the pack and let the intrepid riders ahead take the blast. You can expect a friendly reception from Fish Hoek residents as you make the left turn and push on to Simon’s Town. On this stretch lie the wrecks of several historical vessels: the SS Clan Stuart (1917), HMSM Bato (1806), Die Gebroeders (1792) and Katwyk Ann Rhyn (1786). Finally you pass the Panama (1862) as you enter the naval village of Simon’s Town.

Onward to Miller's Point and Smitswinkel Bay. The craggy Swartkopberge rise up on your right with the warm Indian Ocean on your left. Say goodbye to the Indian Ocean as you take the sharp left turn at Smitswinkel.

Before you lies the second hill, the halfway mark and Plateau Road. Expect a fairly undulating, if not testing stretch, before you see the sea again. This time it will be the cold Atlantic at Scarborough. The stretch before the third, perhaps most-notorious hill, Chapman’s Peak, has some flat riding, sprinkled with slight inclines.

This is a good place to mentally prepare for the climb. Do not be fooled by the rocky outcrop masquerading as Chapman’s Peak, the real one is around the corner about a kilometre further on. Here you are forced to take it a bit more slowly but it is just as well. The towering view of the mountains above and the ocean below is a moment to fully savour. Beware of the enthusiasm that may overtake you here. Each slope appears to be a summit. Restraint now will be rewarded on the other side of the Peak. Sooner than expected you reach the summit where an exuberant and welcome refreshment point awaits you. The drop from Chapman’s Peak to Hout Bay is steep, the road is cambered and the ride is fast.

On entering Hout Bay you see the imposing Sentinel and you will receive a rousing welcome from local spectators. Look around and you will see the batteries built by the British to protect the bay during the Napoleonic wars. The bronze statue of a leopard on a rock overlooking the bay honours a leopard that was known to sit on this rock for hours in days gone by.

The last and perhaps the most challenging of the four hills awaits; Suikerbossie. Each race has its challenge, each makes its heroes and Suikerbossie is the barrier here. The summit is reached and each rider here is a hero. The challenge is won as you look over the sweep of Llandudno and enjoy the last easy stages of this most majestic of all races. Now it is time to settle into an easy cadence as you speed past the wreck of the Antipolis (1977) and on through Camps Bay. Clifton is next with its perennial building sites and millionaire mystique. Bantry Bay and the finsh comes soon after. This is without doubt one of the most beautiful and majestic of all cycle tours.




PRIZES AND GIVE-AWAYS

Medals go to all finishers.



MEDIA RELEASE
Race Name Release Date Media Release
ORGANISER
NAME Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust
PROVINCE Western Province
EMAIL info@cycletour.co.za
WEBSITE www.cycletour.co.za
ADDRESS 65 Ave De Mist Rondebosch

CONTACT PERSON
NAME
PROVINCE
EMAIL
NUMBER 087-8207223
ADDRESS

RACES BY THIS CLUB
TYPE PROVINCE RACE DATE VENUE CONTACT NUMBER
Western Cape Cape Town Cycle Tour 01 January 2021 Green Point Athletics Stadium Off Granger Bay Boulevarse Cape Town Erick Oosthuizen
Western Cape Coronation Double Century Cycle Challenge 01 January 2021 Swellendam Primary School Fairbairn Street Swellendam Race Organiser 087-8207223
Western Cape Cape Argus Giro del Capo - 5 days 01 January 2021 Church Street Wellington Dave Bellairs 082-4900733
Western Cape The MTB Challenge 01 January 2021 Old Bethlehem Farm Rooi Street,Kylemore Stellenbosch Race Office
Western Cape Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour 01 January 2021 Val de Vie Estate R301 Jan Van Riebeeck Dr, Paarl, Race Organiser 087-8207223.
Western Cape Coronation Double Century Cycle Challenge 01 January 2021 Swellendam Primary School Fairbairn Street Swellendam Race Organiser 087-8207223
Western Cape Cape Argus Giro del Capo - 5 days 01 January 2021 Church Street Wellington Dave Bellairs 082-4900733
Western Cape The MTB Challenge 01 January 2021 Old Bethlehem Farm Rooi Street,Kylemore Stellenbosch Race Office
Western Cape Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour 01 January 2021 Val de Vie Estate R301 Jan Van Riebeeck Dr, Paarl, Race Organiser 087-8207223.
EDITORS NOTES



EDITORS NOTES

2020 will be the first year that a short route of 47 kilometeres will be offered in addition to the regular 109 kilometre route. Cape Town Cycle Tour has been consistently ranked in a number of our surveys as a well organised and well presented event. It has achieved distinction as South Africa’s best loved race. The Tour is a race with heart and for over 40 years funds generated by the Cycle Tour have been ploughed back into the community, giving a hands-up to those who need it most. Working together with Claremont Rotary Club and the Pedal Power Association, thousands of community organisations, individuals from schools and children’s homes, as well as skills-development programmes and development cyclists have benefitted. The Pedal Power Association runs an active programme throughout the year to promote cycling in all its forms.

The Cycle Tour celebrates its 41st anniversary in 2019 as the 2017 race was cancelled due to dangerously high winds.It forms part of the UCI Golden Bike Series. It was the first Golden Bike event held outside Europe and is arguably the largest timed event in the world, attracting an ever-increasing number of international cyclists, now topping 2,000 riders. The Cape Cycle Tour is one of South Africa’s national treasures. Truly a race to savour. For regular updates follow on Twitter @CycleTourTrust.



Time Limit:

Finishers: 28800

ACCOMODATION

RACE CHANGES (0)

DATE:

VENUE:

CONTACT: