Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour
Cape Argus Cycle Tour © Max Barners
The Argus is the largest timed sporting event on earth, attracting more than 35,000 cyclists from around the world. The spectacle is watched by thousands who line the 67-mile (108km) route, which follows some of the Cape's most spectacular coastal scenery. The race is enjoyed by serious cyclists and social riders alike and is almost a rite of passage for young, athletic Capetonians.
Established in 1978 to raise awareness about the lack of bike trails in South Africa, the event has grown in popularity ever since. The route takes riders along the False Bay Coast, including the famously scenic Chapman's Peak pass, past the entrance to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, along the Atlantic coast, over Suikerbossie Hill, and on to the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point near the city centre, in what must be the most staggeringly beautiful cycling race in the world. There are numerous refreshment stations and on the day a very festive atmosphere pervades the route, especially as many of the coastal suburbs are somewhat cut off by the race due to all the road closures.
Venue: Start: City Centre; Finish: Greenpoint Stadium
Date: 14 March 2020