Cape Town Cycle Tour: 5 Reasons to Enter in 2020
With the 42nd running of the world-famous Cape Town Cycle Tour set to take place in 2020, we look back on 2019's hugely successful event.
With the 42nd running of the world-famous Cape Town Cycle Tour (CTCT) due to take place in 2020 – the provisional date is set for 8 March – we salute this year's hugely successful event. The wind behaved, mostly, and cyclists from far and wide descended upon one of the world's most scenic routes. Following Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week, a nine-day celebration of human power, healthy living and the freedom of movement the humble bicycle brings, we reflect on what makes this race so special.
Five reasons to get excited for Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020
1. The Gees
Thousands of like-minded, bike-obsessed cyclists descend on the Mother City. Excited, nervous, well trained (hopefully) and ready for a tough but extremely beautiful experience. The build up to race day means you can meet and mingle with the CTCT staff, and feel energised as the starting pistols fire off. Everyone is in this together, in it for the fun of it and inspired by the challenge.
2. The Route
The winding oceanside route is perhaps the CTCT's biggest appeal. Starting at the Grand Parade Precinct, outside the Cape Town Castle, cyclists explore the entire peninsula and finish in Green Point before being rewarded in the race village. It is nothing short of spectacular.
3. The Destination
Easily one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is home to a plethora of exciting activities. From Table Mountain to Lion's Head and Signal Hill, the city is closely watched by its mountains. It's an eclectic coming together of landscapes, cultures and cuisines, and offers inhabitants and visitors to the city a host of inspiring viewpoints. From the colourful houses of Bo-Kaap to Surfer's Corner in Muizenberg, not to mention the ultra-cool, growing neighbourhoods of the Silo District, Woodstock and Salt River, it's a striking metropolis that combines Afro-chic charm and friendly people. Further afield, visitors can enjoy exploring the Cape Winelands, including Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
4. The People
Friendly, welcoming and proudly multicultural, South Africans have a troubled history but thankfully, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and traditional African beliefs coexist peacefully here at present. In Cape Town the Afrikaners, descendants of the original Dutch colonists, combine with coloured communities, Xhosa (isiXhosa) migrants from the Eastern Cape, not to mention the descendants of European Jewish immigrants. All bring their own unique flavours to Cape Town’s cultural melting pot.
5. The Cause
Cycling for charity is the cornerstone of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, with the bulk of your entry fee heading straight into Rotary and Pedal Power Association (PPA) coffers. You can choose to do even more with your miles, though, by joining a charity group or kickstarting your own charity drive. Join one of the many charities using the Cape Town Cycle Tour to raise funds, as well as any personal causes you want to support.