25 February 2012 by Roy Barford

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2012

The Cape’s most famous cycle tour. Join thousands of other enthusiasts in getting to know Cape Town from a completely different vantage point.

The 2012 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour takes place on Sunday 11 March. Some 30 000 cyclists will start the 110km race from Cape Town’s Adderley Street in the early hours of the morning and, after pedalling the Peninsula, finish near Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

Entries for this year’s event have closed, but there is no limit to how many spectators can watch the race.

The start and finish lines are within comfortable walking distance of each other, meaning that you can park in the city centre and not have to worry too much about transport. If you want to watch the race along the scenic route, you need to choose your viewing point beforehand and plan your route there, bearing in mind that there will be numerous road closures in Cape Town on that day. 

In 2011 cyclists enjoyed fairly calm conditions, but in previous years, strong winds have provided a big challenge to riders at various sections of the route, where even just staying on the bicycle was pretty difficult!

Last year’s event was won by 21-year-old Tyler Day in a time of 2:32:10. In 2011 cyclists enjoyed fairly calm conditions, but in previous years strong winds have provided a big challenge to riders on various sections of the route, where even just staying on the bicycle was pretty difficult!

If you’re planning to have dinner anywhere in Cape Town on March 11, book in advance because there will be a load of starving cyclists in need of carbohydrates. If you’re looking for a good after party, Camps Bay is always lively on Sundays, while Green Point and Sea Point will have lots going on too.

For more information about the 2012 race, visit Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour website or phone +27 (0)21 681 4333.

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