Doing the Argus ... without the sweat
The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour takes place on 10 March 2013, and if you haven't trained (or signed up for it), worry not. If you're in Cape Town, pull up a pavement and enjoy the show that rides by.
David Bellairs, CEO of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, highlights some of the top spectator spots where fans will have a chance to show their support for 'the Argus':
The start, Hertzog Boulevard
If you live in the suburbs or in the city centre, take your bicycle into town. If you travel by car, park in any of the surrounding side streets and walk to the start area. Alternatively, make use of the MyCiTi Bus service. There’s an awesome vibe and it’s a rare sight to see so many cyclists together. Be prepared for an early start.
Newlands Forest area
Accessible from the east side of the M3, as well as the pedestrian subway at the Parks and Forest area. You will be treated to some sprint riding by the still fresh and enthusiastic cyclists.
Paradise Road (Near Paradise Motors)
This point is accessible from Main Road, Claremont, and is a good place to view the cyclists as they speed down Paradise Road and start climbing up Edinburgh Drive.
Edinburgh Drive (up to top of Wynberg Hill – outbound)
The steepest gradient of the Cycle Tour will give you the chance to cheer and inspire the cyclists as they struggle up the first climb of the route. If you are keen to spot your mum or your best buddy, then this is undoubtedly the best vantage point.
The traffic circle and Main Road in the centre of town always attracts many supporters.
There is pedestrian access to the grassed area (Glen Ridge side) with large lawns opposite the beach; or make your way to the Glencairn Hotel/Southern Right Hotel or Dixie's restaurant.
Simon’s Town Main Road
Access is preferably on foot for local residents. Jubilee Square has been a firm spectator favourite for years and always has a great vibe.
Gain access to Main Road on foot or view from pubs and restaurants along the road.
Noordhoek Farm Village
Local residents must preferably access this area (Main Road) on foot; or relax at any of the pubs or restaurants on the roadside while you watch the cyclists speed by.
Hout Bay (Corner Princess and Main/Chapman’s Peak Drive)
If you live in Hout Bay and haven’t managed to escape the madness early on, take a stroll down to Main Road (M65) and give the cyclists that final energy boost before they hit the dreaded Suikerbossie.
It may not be the toughest hill on the route, but most participants dread this climb; they are tired and need all the encouragement you can give. Suikerbossie – all the way from the bottom circle to the top before Llandudno – is the perfect vantage point for locals.
Camps Bay beachfront
Join the beautiful people for a few hours and relax at one of Camps Bay’s many beachfront restaurants or on the beach. A pedestrian bridge allows you to cross the cycle stream to the beach.
Thrills and spills are aplenty at the sharp left turn from Victoria Road into Queens Road! A pedestrian bridge allows you to cross the road here.
Promenade and finish line
Make your way to the Promenade to watch the cyclists break into their final sprint to the finish, or witness all the emotion and high drama typical of the Cycle Tour finish line. Make use of the free shuttle service offered by the MyCiTi Bus service, directly between the central city and the finish line.
Copy/info and images for this blog supplied by the Cycle Tour Media Office on behalf of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.