The Cape Town Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycling event in the world, and it also celebrates its 40th year in 2017. Attracting in excess of 35 000 cyclists from around the globe each year, this iconic event is definitely a unique experience for participants and spectators alike.
Based in Cape Town – South Africa, the 109km Cycle Tour route runs through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery that includes the iconic Table Mountain as a backdrop. Starting in the City Centre the route makes its way down the Blue Route leading into Simon’s Town then turning at Smitswinkel and heading back along the coastline before the steady climb up Chapman’s 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 14 refreshment stations and 13 medical points along the route. A team of at least 2500 volunteers from a variety of charitable 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 the Green Point Finish Hospitality Village.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour forms part of a Lifecycle Week of activities that in clude an event for juniors (0-12 years), the largest health & lifestyle Expo (3 days / 75 000 visitors) and two days of mountain biking in the winelands.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour injects some R500 million into the Western Cape economy every year, but even more significant is the millions it raises for welfare and the impact this has on the needy both regionally and beyond. The main beneficiaries of the Cycle Tour are the Pedal Power Association (PPA) and Rotary Club of Claremont, which are equal stakeholders in the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, the organisers of the annual event. Rotary and the PPA share around R9 million of the proceeds between them, thanks to those who participate in this iconic event.
The PPA and the Rotary Club of Claremont plough these funds back into numerous organisations in local communities, including schools; children’s homes; skills development programmes and cycling development projects.
Where. Cape Town – SA
Date. March 12th, 2017
Numbers of starst wave. 66
Start Time. 6:15am
Organization. Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust