Cycling 109km along Cape Town’s finest coastlines makes for a great day out. Sure, you have to pedal all the way, banking on months and months of preparation, while taking on serious climbs, extreme wind or blistering temperatures from time to time, but by George – the scenery and views are beyond spectacular. This Sunday, the Cape Town Cycle Tour celebrates its 40th year of existence, and because this race is so quintessentially Cape Town, we just have to tell you a bit more about it.
It all started in 1977 when Bill Mylrea and John Stegmann organised an event to draw attention to the need for cycle paths in the city. Called the ‘Big Ride-In’, this predecessor to the Cape Town Cycle Tour took cyclists from the Grand Parade, down Adderley Street to the Foreshore. The success of the event prompted the idea of a more long-distance undertaking. The following year the inaugural Argus Cycle Tour saw 525 cyclists outside the Castle, with 446 entrants reaching the finish line in Camps Bay – a cool 104km. From there on, the event grew exponentially, attracting professional cyclists from across the globe.
Today, it’s Africa’s premier cycling event, with a staggering 35 000 cyclists set to take on this year’s race with as much pedal power they can muster. And with that, we would like to raise a glass to the brave men and women who make this race so great. The best of luck for Sunday – we’re behind you all the way!
Did you know?
The Cape Town Cycle Tour is the largest timed bicycle event in the world.
The Comrades Marathon is the largest ultra-distance event in the world.
The Midmar Mile (in KwaZulu-Natal) is the largest open water swim in the world.