10 March 2011 by Roy Barford

Cape Town cycling events: Cape Argus and Cape Epic coming up

Two top international cycling events, the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and the Absa Cape Epic, take place in Cape Town this month.

CAPE ARGUS

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour starts in Cape Town’s Adderley Street at 6.15am on Sunday morning. This 109km road race is the world’s largest individually timed cycling event, usually attracting more than 30 00 riders and hundreds of thousands of spectators.

The route takes participants from the Cape Town city centre out toward Cape Point and back around the glorious Chapman’s Peak to the finish line in Sea Point.

Cycling legend Lance Armstrong took part in this event last year, raising money for cancer patients. Even the 7-time Tour de France winner found the conditions and competition tough, ending up finishing 9th.

Spectators are advised to plan their route to their preferred viewing spot and arrive there as early as possible before road closures take effect. For information about road closures, read this Cape Town Tourism blog.

CAPE EPIC

The 2011 Absa Cape Epic starts in Cape Town on March 27, covering 8 stages around the Western Cape before concluding at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West on April 3.

This mountain bike race is one of the world’s largest, as well as one of the toughest, featuring around 700km of rugged terrain. Many stories - of adventure and inspiration - come out of the event. This year, a motivational speaker who is also blind, Hein Wagner, will be taking on the challenge with a partner on a tandem bike.

For more information about the Absa Cape Epic website.

The above photo is courtesy of ims.photo

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