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IIf 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 Town Cycle Tour (every March), the 947 Cycle Challenge (every November), and the Absa Cape Epic (every March).
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 an expedition through the scenic Western Cape province.
This is cycle-mad South Africa where, on any given Sunday, you encounter packs of cyclists in the city streets or mountain bikers 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 Town 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 multi-coloured light-weight lycra wave. Originally sponsored by one of the local newspapers the Cape Argus, this is the world's largest individually-timed cycle race.
The 947 Cycle Challenge is an epic race through Johannesburg, or 'Joburg', as the locals call it. Sponsored 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 a lot more seriously than the rest of the pack.
The Absa Cape Epic is growing in popularity every year, mainly because it's challenging but beautiful. It's a cycling marathon that is building legends with each event, as people from more than 40 countries come streaming in to attempt the climbs, contours and sprints that make up this great race.
South African cycling races combine natural wilderness, excellent road quality, and a growing cycling culture that goes far beyond a Sunday afternoon spin in the park.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Cycling South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 917 1736
What to pack
Always wear a helmet, even when embarking on a casual ride in preparation for a big race. The South African sun is harsh so sunscreen is a must.