If you really want to see a country, ride a bike. South Africa's cycling marathons open up a world of competitiveness, exquisite scenery and fun. There are three major cycling events on every serious cyclist's to-do list: the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour (every March), the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge (every November), and the Absa Cape Epic (every March).

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Two of the three premier cycling events in South Africa are run in the country's two biggest cities: Johannesburg and Cape Town. The third, the Absa Cape Epic, also begins in Cape Town and soon becomes a glorious ramble through the Western Cape province.

This is cycle-mad South Africa where, on any given Sunday, you encounter packs of riders in the city streets or out in the country, indulging their passion for two wheels and a tailwind. The fact that the weather is mostly glorious is a bonus, but you'll find them out peddling in all conditions.

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is a 109-kilometre rush through Cape Town and environs, as most of the Mother City's residents turn out to watch 35 000-odd cycling enthusiasts go by in a glorious multi-coloured light-weight lycra wave. First sponsored by one of the local newspapers, this is the world's largest individually-timed cycle race.

The Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge is pure Johannesburg, or 'Joburg', as the locals call it. Backed by a local radio station, the buzz begins weeks before the event and everyone is welcome to join in. Just watch out for the 'pros' who will be taking it all a lot more seriously than the rest of the pack.

The Absa Cape Epic is growing in stature every year, mainly because it's tough and beautiful. It's a cycling marathon that is building legends with each event, as people from more than 40 countries come streaming in to challenge the climbs, contours and sprints that make up this great race.

The advantage to South African cycling races is you've got all the natural wilderness and road quality needed, matched with a growing cycling culture that goes far beyond a Sunday afternoon spin in the park.

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