This very popular event that has been running for 36 years and was started by Bill Mylrea and John Stegmann in a bid to draw attention to the need of cycle paths in South Africa. The Cape Argus, a newspaper in Cape Town was asked to sponsor the event and have their name associated with it. Today there are about 35 000 cyclists who take part from all over the world. It is the largest individually timed cyclist event in the world.
The race is a whopping 109km long, starting at Hertzog Boulevard, at the Cape Town Civic Centre. It is also one of the most scenic cycling routes taking cyclists through Muizenberg, along the False Bay coast to Simon’s Town and Smitswinkel Bay. Then crossing the peninsula in a westerly direction, past the entrance to Cape of Good Hope. It then heads north along the Atlantic coast through the picturesque coastal areas of Scarborough, Kommetjie, Noordhoek, Chapmans Peak, Hout Bay over Suikerbossie hill to Camps Bay and ends next to the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. Cyclists will spend most of their time concentrating on the road ahead of them, but the beautiful beaches and surrounding mountains should bring some relief to their spirits as they press on.
The weather has played a huge part in the race, stopping it twice due to soaring temperatures and gale force winds, blowing cyclists off their bikes. We shall have to wait and see what the weather has in store for 2014.
This is a perfect time for cyclists and their friends and family to spend some time in the Cape. Entries are closed for South Africans, but still open for international cyclists, so when you enter the race be sure to book a few extra days into a B&B or hotel and discover what else Cape Town has to offer.