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CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR
The Cape Town Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycling event in the world. Attracting in excess of 35 000 cyclists from around the globe each year, this prestigious event is definitely a unique experience for participants and spectators alike.
Based in Cape Town, the Cycle Tour represents 109 km of some of the most scenic spots in the world. Starting in the City Centre the route makes its way down the Blue Route leading into Simonstown then turning at Smitswinkel and heading back along the coastline before the steady climb up Chapmans Peak and finally the short, steep hill of Suikerbossie. The downhill to the finish in Green Point is a welcome respite for the weary cyclist.
There are approximately 16 refreshment stations and 6 medical points along the route (see route map). A team of at least 2500 volunteer from a variety of organisations ensures that all operations run smoothly and efficiently on the day. A carnival incorporating hospitality tents, entertainment and guaranteed fun awaits the cyclists, their families and friends at Greenpoint Stadium.
As this is a non-profit event, all proceeds go to two charities. Pedal Power Association uses their share to develop cycling in the community by sponsoring development cyclists and hosting fun rides in the Western Cape area. The second charity, the Rotary Club of Claremont invests their share into a variety of fundraising projects.
In addition to the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the Junior Tour (6 to 12 year olds), the Tricycle Tour (2 to 6 year olds), the Mountain Bike Challenge and the Expo all make up the Lifecycle Week, a series of events occurring in the week preceding the Cycle Tour.
View the Route Map: Cape Town Cycle Tour Route Map.
To avoid disappointment it is advisable to book your accommodation well in advance for this event. Visit the Cape Town Central Accommodation pages to find guest houses, hotels and self catering places to stay and for additional info about Cape Town Central which includes attractions, restaurants and things to do, see Cape Town Central Info.