It’s the largest individually timed cycling event in the world, and it attracts more than 35,000 entrants. It’s the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, and it’s not to be missed.
Back in 1978, Bill Myrea and John Stegmann started the race to promote the development of cycle paths in Cape Town. That inaugural race, named after sponsoring newspaper Cape Argus, lured in hundreds of cyclists, and since then, it has only picked up speed. Now “The Argus,” as it has affectionately been dubbed, is the culminating event in a series of 5 races, and the 110-km course feels the treads of bikes from all over the globe.
Per tradition, the race this year will be held on the second Sunday of March, the 11th. The charity-giving cyclists take off from Adderley Street, and the finish line awaits them at Cape Town Stadium. Even if you’re not a cyclist, the scenic yet skill-bending course is lined with spectators who leave hoarse from cheering.
Just make sure the various street closures don’t slow you to a halt, and book your dinner reservations well in advance – otherwise you’ll be competing for a table with competitors who have been pedaling off calories all day. But do roll in yourself to witness the whoosh of tires and the rainbowed blur of colored spandex.
Cape Argus Cycle Tour; www.cycletour.co.za