campaign for cycling paths in and around the city.
Forty-one years later, this premier event is still drawing world-class athletes and packed capacity crowds to Cape Town. Every year, during Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week, the city bustles with an extra buzz as cycle fever takes over. Here’s how to get to grips with the energy and spirit of the occasion when you book your Cape Town self-catering accommodation this March.
Up and Running
The festivities kick off with the MTB Challenge held on Saturday 1 March in the tough terrain of Stellenbosch. There are 20, 40 and 60km challenges to tackle on this testing dirt track through the picturesque vineyards and mountains of the Winelands.
The next day, it’s the turn of the Juniors to tackle the roads around the Cape Town Stadium Precinct with courses to suit from teeny tots to 12-year olds.
Off Track Events
Next up, the Cape Town Cycle Expo opens its doors at the Cape Town Stadium from 7 to 9 March. Here you’ll find a wide range of stalls selling everything from holidays to the latest, greatest cycling gear.
You can count on some great Cape Town cuisine up for grabs, and some of the areas best wine estates will be represented.
Get into the Gees (spirit)
If you’re not racing, by far the best part of the Cape Town Cycle tour is the roadside atmosphere. Everyone comes out to cheer on their favourites and join in the fun, some pegging out their spots days in advance.
There are over 17 prime locations to get a peek at the action along this 106 km route. These are the best ones:
- At the start on the corner of Hertzog Boulevard and Adderley Street
- Newlands Forest for fast-paced action
- Edinburgh Drive - the steepest gradient of the race
- Kalk Bay and St. James for a roadside breakfast fry up
- Suikerbossie and Llandudno - the last major challenge of the race
- At the finish in Green Point
If you prefer to book a spot at a pub or restaurant with a view of the race, there are plenty to choose from between Simon’s Town and Smitswinkel Bay, Scarborough, Noordhoek, Hout Bay, Camps Bay and Sea Point.
It’s not all about the bike!
Cape Town might be bicycle city from 1-10 March, but it’s not all about the bike. Taste a little piece of Italy and carbo load at the Italian Festival at Idiom in Somerset West which runs from 2-3 March.
Take in a movie under the stars at one of the several Gallileo open air cinemas with jaw dropping climbing action in Reel Rock 13 at Kirstenbosch on Wednesday 6 March, or an all-time favourite, Grease on Friday 8 March at Century City.
If laughter is what you are after catch the Blacks Only Comedy show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 9 March.
With so much on offer, Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week is one of the most exciting times of the year in Cape Town. Get in touch to book your Cape Town self-catering accommodation now.