The biggest timed bike race in the world is back for another fantastic showing, but this time, there’s something extra to look forward to. Cyclists, cycling fans, and family and friends of the riders have all been eagerly awaiting the 2023 edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and it’s finally arrived!
The 45th race promises to be better than ever because the organisers have added an extra race to the schedule. Keep reading to learn more about this exciting addition and any other information you need to stay in the loop about the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Remember to book a cleaning service with South Africa’s #1 home services company around that time instead of having to worry about chores before or after the big race.
First Time Hearing About The Cycle Tour?
If you’ve never attended, or even heard of this prestigious event, here’s a quick breakdown. Formerly known as the ‘Cape Argus’, the well-known race was renamed the ‘Cape Town Cycle Tour’ in 2014. Going back to the very beginning, 1977 was the year of inception when it was first thought up. Although, at that time it wasn’t a race, but rather a way to bring attention to the need for cycling paths for Cape Town’s many cyclists.
Bill Mylrea and John Stegmann are the two brilliant minds that came together to set in motion what would one day become one of South Africa’s favourite cycling races. Over 500 cyclists took to the roads in 1978 to compete in ‘The Big Ride In.’ Fast-forward 45 years later, and the Cape Town Cycle Tour is now a name that echoes throughout the streets of Cape Town and the rest of the country with much pride and excitement. Strap yourselves in and get ready for the latest installment of this epic race, taking place on Sunday, 12 March 2023.
While the action-packed racing and results are the main topics of discussion on the day, the Cycle Tour is about more than the road to the finish line. Thanks to the Pedal Power Association and the Rotary Club of Claremont, almost R50 000 000 has been given back to the Mother City in the last 5 years alone! This money is used to improve lives and living conditions for so many who need it, all across the Cape Peninsula.
Riders are encouraged to join charity groups or start their own charitable drives to further help the cause and change lives on a daily basis.
Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo
Health and fitness are some of the core pillars of the Cycle Tour, and that’s what the expo aims to encourage. Every year competitors make their way to the expo to register, as it is the only registration venue for the race, but they stay longer than needed to browse through the many exhibitors’ stands offering great products and services.
Family, friends, and the general public from all over are invited to join in on the fun at the expo and soak up the information provided about various health, financial, and communications products. Click here to get more information on the expo.
As mentioned above, the organisers of the Cycle Tour are proud to be adding an extra race to the schedule. This is being done in the hopes of encouraging younger and newer cyclists to experience the thrill of racing around one of the most beautiful cities in the world, before plunging into the longer route. Click on the links below for respective race routes:
Due to the nature of the event, road closures will be taking place all around Cape Town on Saturday, the 12th, and Sunday, the 13th of March. If you plan on being on the roads that weekend, click here for a full downloadable list of road closures to help you on your way.
If you aren’t much of a cyclist, there are many other ways to spend your time outside in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Although the days of summer are coming to an end, the autumn weather is still inviting enough to try these outdoor workouts. If you are participating in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, good luck and stay safe! We believe in you just as much as we believe in the excellent SweepStars providing unmatched cleaning services in record time.