Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2013 Route Map
When: Sunday, 10 March 2013
The 2013 Route map and a route profile are included below.
The Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2013 Route Map: Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, also called the Argus, is an annual cycle race hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, usually 109 km long. It is the first event outside Europe to be included in the International Cycling Union’s Golden Bike Series.
South Africa hosts some of the largest, by number of entrants, sporting events in the world with three being the largest of their type. The Cape Argus Cycle Race with as many as 35 000 cyclists taking part, is the world’s largest individually timed cycle race. The other two are the world’s largest ultra-marathon running event, the Comrades Marathon, and the world’s largest open water swim, the Midmar Mile.
The Argus forms the last leg of the Giro del Capo, a multi-stage race for professional and leading registered riders.
It is traditionally staged on the second Sunday of March and has enjoyed well known competitors such as Miguel Indurain, Jan Ulrich and and even the now infamous Lance Armstrong.
The Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2013 Route Map in the past
In recent years the Cape Argus race has usually followed a scenic 109 km circular route from Cape Town down the Cape Peninsula and back. The start is in Hertzog Boulevard in the city centre, at Cape Town’s main Civic Centre. It then follows a short section of the N2 called Nelson Mandela Boulevard, then the M3 to Muizenberg, and then Main Road along the False Bay coast to Simon’s Town and Smitswinkel Bay. The route then crosses the peninsula in a westerly direction, past the entrance to Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park(within which Cape Point is situated). It then heads north along the Atlantic coast through Scarborough, Kommetjie, Noordhoek, Chapmans Peak, Hout Bay over Suikerbossie hill to Camps Bay and ends next to the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.
But here’s some good news for 2013
David Bellairs, marketing and sponsorship director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, organisers of Cycle Tour, says an exciting prospect for cyclists taking part in the 2013 Cycle Tour is a strong likelihood the event will return to the flatter 109km route option via Main Road, Muizenberg. They are cautiously optimistic that – all going well with the road works between now and early March next year – the Cycle Tour will return to the “flatter” route option via Main Road as opposed to the more “scenic” Boyes Drive option. We are extremely excited about this development and will be working closely with all concerned in trying to ensure that it becomes a reality on the 10th of March 2013.
Interesting. Really interesting.
The idea for the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour can be traced back to 1978, when Bill Mylrea and John Stegmann organised the Big Ride-In to draw attention to the need for cycle paths. The Ride-In, held under the auspices of the Western Province Pedal Power Association, was well received and drew hundreds of cyclists, including the Mayor of Cape Town.
From this event the idea was planted that a long-distance race should take place and be known as the Peninsula Marathon. Before the race was run for the first time, the name was changed: the Cape Argus newspaper stepped in to sponsor the race, and thus the Argus Cycle Tour was born.
Entries for the 36th Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour – open already on Saturday 1 September 2012 at 12pm. The 2013 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday, 10 March 2013.
How to enter
Online entries can be submitted at the Cycle Tour website at www.cycletour.co.za.
To ease your entry process, ensure that you have the following information available:
- Your ID or passport
- A valid credit card
- Your medical aid details and membership number
- An emergency contact number
Here’s a larger image of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2013 Route Map profile:
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