On Sunday, 8 March 2015 approximately 35 000 cyclists will descend on Cape Town for the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour.
The route is usually 109kms long and cyclists get to see the best of Cape Town by starting 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.
Here’s a video with an explanation and visualisation of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Vibe:
This year, however, organisers had to make a very hard decision and change the route and subsequently the distance of the event after the Southern Peninsula has been on fire for 4 days.
Various options were considered, but the safest and most viable proved to be ‘a 47km circular route from its normal start at the Civic Centre to the end of the M3 and back the same way to a slightly altered finish in Green Point’.
Cyclists will cycle past previously pristine landscape to see what remained after people from all backgrounds came together to help fire-fighters and residents alike. ‘They should see the smoldering landscape as a source of inspiration and pride because it represents the heroism of the men and women who have – very literally – put their bodies in the line of fire.’
The Cape Town Cycle Tour has been named as the ‘Show You Care Solidarity Ride’ due to these circumstances. Good luck if you are going to take part in the Cycle Tour and remember to enjoy the event!
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