Fondly known as “the Argus” – the world’s largest individually timed cycle event in the world takes place on Sunday 9 March 2014 in Cape Town. Roads are closed as cyclists tackle the 109km race as it heads south from the city centre, along the False Bay coastline and curving back up the Atlantic Seaboard, over Chapman’s Peak Drive to end in Green Point.
The race attracts cyclists and celebrities from all over the world, many who come to the Cape early to train for the race. For most cyclists the race is non-competitive and Capetonians come out in droves to support the athletes. Road closure information and best spots to watch will follow closer to Argus Race Day on 09 March 2014.
ACCOMMODATION: Where to stay
For visiting cyclists we recommend ensuring that you book your accommodation early. Consider staying in the south peninsula – especially if you are coming with friends or family who are not cycling the race – most accommodation establishments in the South Peninsula of Cape Town have direct access and viewing of the race or are only a short walk away!
If you are visiting Cape Town and not involved in the race at all – please be aware of road closure ESPECIALLY if you are trying to get to the airport! We suggest you stay an extra day and enjoy the festivities of one of Cape Town’s great events.
TRAINING: Bicycle Routes
For the ‘roadies’, the world famous Chapman’s Peak Drive is only a 20km ride from the city bowl and the roads South of Kommetjie and Simon’s Town are largely traffic free with incredible sweeping roads and cliffside views of the Atlantic Ocean. On any given morning in the race build-up, cyclists can be seen squeezing in their daily dose of training and fresh air before the work day begins. Please train responsibly…Cape Town roads are narrow so you can’t ride 3 abreast and into oncoming traffic!
A couple of popular Training routes:
- Boyes- Muizenberg Route: 9.5km
A much shorter training route – ideal for those short-of-time training days! There’s some equal ascent and descent of 300 metres as you head over Boyes Drive and back to Muizenberg. You could always add on a little extra towards Fish Hoek and back.
- 50km round route: 50km
Cycle with 3 hills – Boyes Drive, Chapman’s Peak Drive and Constantia Nek. The total ascent is 1349 and total descent is 1303, so a great Argus Training Ride with fabulous views.
- Sea Point to Noordhoek: 65km
This is a wonderful out and back ride along the Atlantic Seaboard, through Hout Bay and over Chapman’s Peak Drive to Noordhoek with a lovely sea breeze to help you up and down the hills.
TRANSPORT: Getting to and from the start if you are staying Cape Town’s South Peninsula:
By car: There is north bound access to the start in the early morning and south bound access by the evening, however parking near the start can be tricky. If you plan to hire a car – remember to BOOK early! There is a big demand for car hire in Cape Town that weekend! Book your car here.
Catch the train: Metrorail from Simon’s Town to Cape Town runs their normal Sunday service with an extra train leaving from Fish Hoek (time to be confirmed for 2014). Tickets for cyclists with their bikes cost R40. The start is adjacent to Cape Town Train Station and the finish a mere 3km away, when you are ready to get home!
Transfer Services: Contact us to pre-book your transfer to or from the start and finish of the race as you won’t get a cab to the start on Argus Race Day. We can get you there – but tell us you are headed to the start!
RESTAURANTS: Eating out
Many of the restaurants will offer healthy options and carbo-loading specials prior to the event. Look out for specials at Cafe Roux, Cafe Pescado and Fish Hoek Galley.
Most restaurants in the south peninsula are within easy viewing access so you can watch your mother/father/sister/brother/wife/brother/aunt/cousin/nephew as they cycle past and then head back to a chilled beverage!
Any of the Restaurants along the M4 from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town have great viewing spots for the Argus Cycle Tour. On the Atlantic Seaboard, Imhoff Farm and Noordhoek Farm Village are a 2 minute stroll from facilities to the viewing spots.
Reminder to Sports Fans: The Two Oceans marathon takes place on Saturday 19 April 2014. This ultra marathon is over the Easter weekend and classifies as one of the most scenic endurance marathons in the world as the route follows the coastline of the Cape Point Route. The Easter weekend is a very busy weekend in Cape Town so book your accommodation and car hire early to avoid disappointment.
Cape Point Route offers day tours, packages, accommodation, activities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula in addition to teambuilding events in Cape Town. Call 021 782 9356 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za