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Cape Town Cycle Tour – 2021

May 27, 2021

The Cape Town Cycle Tour is in its 43rd year. It’s the biggest timed bicycle race in the world, and has its home in Cape Town. The race is usually 109 km long and this year cyclists will pass by the Cape Town Castle for the first time in 35 years. The route runs all the way past Simon’s Town to Smitswinkel all the way around to Chapman’s Peak, and onto face the demon of Suikerbossie then onto the final stretch towards Camps Bay and the finishing line at Clifton/Seapoint. The race is provisionally scheduled for 10 October 2021.

Cape Town Cycle Tour

A little History of the Cycle Tour

Bill Mylrea and John Stegman arranged the first cycle tour in October of 1978. It was called The Big Ride-in.  It was started to draw attention to the need for cycle paths within and around South Africa. The Big Ride-in drew hundreds of entrants including the mayor of Cape Town, John Tyers.  Later, in 1978, mountain biker and potter Steve Shapiro, the renowned SA cartoonist, who was working at The Argus at the time, convinced the marketing team to get involved and became the first sponsor of the cycle tour.

With just over 500 cyclists leaving the starting line just outside the Castle in strand Street, the race saw its first winner Lawrence Whittaker with a time of 03 hours, 2 minutes and 25 seconds.

Race Entries:

Entries are limited to 18 000 entries this year.
The race will be taking a different format due to Covid this year, and will be applying the ‘Arrive to start’ and ‘Finish to leave’ approach.
This means that all entrants will be supplied a ‘start window time’ during which they are permitted to arrive in the start area and cross the start line. On completion of race entrants will receive their finishers medal and after which will be required to leave immediately.

General Entries have closed. 

Entries are still open to the following categories:

  • International Entries
  • Corporate & Charity Group Entries

For more information on entries and protocols see: www.capetowncycletour.com

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Stay at the rose cottage:

If you are reading this article and you are from outside Cape Town, why not book your stay with us for the 43rd Cycle Tour? The Rose Cottage is approximately a 20 minute drive from the starting line.