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by Nick Gregory

 

Cape Argus (South Africa)  

Once a year the streets of Cape Town are blocked off for a very special event - The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour. Attracting over 35,000 visitors from around the world, this magnificent 109km route around the Western Cape of South Africa will take you through the beautiful regions of Constantia, Fish Hoek, Simon's Town and Hout Bay, before returning to the starting point in Cape Town, in what can only be described as a gruelling but thrilling ride. 

This iconic event - the largest timed cycling event in the world - will take place for the 38th time on Sunday 8th March 2015. The Cycle Tour has grown from humble beginnings, attracting a few hundred participants in 1978, into the iconic international event it is today. 

"There is a very simple reason why 35,000 cyclists travel from all around the world to South Africa and get up at ridiculous hours of the morning to ride the Cape Argus. It is quite simply the best single day sportive on the planet. What makes it so very special is without doubt the scenery; it is breathtaking. From the fast descent down and through Misty Cliffs with its cool onshore breeze, to the climb over the tremendously beautiful Chapman's Peak; the sights, sounds and smells of the Cape will simply overload your senses."

"The crowds line the route offering their shouts of encouragement whilst at the same time tormenting your nostrils with their roadside 'braais'. At every feed station there are huge sound systems that blast out music to help you keep the pedals turning." - Richard Gorman

OE4


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