Gearing up for race day on Sunday, the 6th of March, the Cape Town Cycle Tour promises to be an unmissable event for all the fitness junkies and cycle-holics. With entries already closed, the Cape Argus Cycle Tours is one of THE events for cyclists. Whether you are looking for a bicycle for sale, or already have one, it is time to get your two wheels down to Cape Town and take on the challenge.
Today the Junk Mail team tell you all about the event itself, a little bit about the route and some of the bicycle accessories you will need as well as highlighting some awesome bicycles from brands like Scott and Cannodale.
But, first things first. Let’s talk about the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016.
More about the Cape Town Cycle Tour
Both owned and staged by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016 is officially this event’s 39th year in the game. The world’s largest timed cycling event, this Cycle Tour will see 35 000 cyclists take on a 109 kilometre route against breath-taking backdrops that include Table Mountain.
The Cycle Tour reports that it injects around R 500 million rand into the economy of the Western Cape on a yearly basis (with the staging of this event) and raises funds for welfare, creating a positive impact not only regionally, but well beyond that as well.
Who Benefits from this Cape Argus event?
There are two main beneficiaries of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour – the Rotary Club of Claremont and the Pedal Power Association (PPA). Sharing around R 9 million of the proceeds, each has its own set of projects.
The Rotary Club of Claremont not only supports a number of projects, but also distributes funds to other Rotary Clubs in the district. Some of the projects and institutions that benefited from the support of the Rotary Club Claremont includes Marshall Memorial Homes, TEARS, CRCH (Christine Revell Children’s Home), MAD (Make A Difference), Sarah Fox Convalescent Hospital and Learn To Earn to name but a few examples.
Some of the projects and institutions that benefited from the Pedal Power Association (PPA) includes Visserhoek Primary School (Durbanville), the Anna Foundation and Purdy the Patrol Dog. PPA reported that, over the span of the last four years, it has invested almost R 7 million in more than 120 projects that relate to cycling.
More information on the race and route of the Cape Cycle Tour
While entries fees for South Africans come in at R 470, other residents from African Countries (including Mauritius) has an entry fee of R 800 and PPA Members pay R 440.
The Route itself is 109 kilometres long, reaching a total elevation of 1 085 metres. Taking you on a beautiful of tour of everything Cape Town has to offer, this is one of the ultimate tests in cycling. Starting outside the Civic Centre in Cape Town’s city centre, the route takes you through Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek, the coastal road to Simonstown. Your route also includes Chapman’s Peak, Suikerbossie and beautifully scenic route along the coast to Greenpoint.
You have a total of seven hours to complete the Cape Argus Cycle Tour (starting the clock from your group start time). If you are thinking of finding a bicycle for sale, know that this event allows you to ride any roadworthy traditional bicycle or tandem.
Other Events Surrounding the Cape Argus
Taking place on the 27th and 28th of February, 2016, the Cape Cycle Tour MTB Challenge takes place on the Le Bonheur Wine Estate and includes a 14 kilometre, 20 kilometre, 30 kilometre, 40 kilometre and 55 kilometre route.
An event has also been organised for Junior Cyclists taking place on the 5th of March at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wynberg. With age groups spanning from 0 to six and six to twelve, registration for this event takes place at Canal Walk from the 26th of February, 2016, until the 4th of March, 2016.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo, taking place from the 3rd of March, 2016, until the 5th of March, 2016, will be held at the Cape Town Stadium this year. Some of the exhibitors at the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016 Expo includes First Ascent, Polar, Ride Magazine, Oakley, Biogen, Booth Bikes, Cape Union Mart, Powerade, Triumph, PVM, Hammer Nutrition and much, much more.
The RaceTec Chip and Other Bicycle Accessories
In order to gain entry into the race, you will be required to present your RaceTec Chip. This RaceTec Chip is not only responsible for accurately recording your time, but it is linked to each rider’s personal profile. This personal profile includes your contact information and medical information – basically all the needed information in case of an emergency.
This chip can be worn in just two ways. The first is wearing the chip around your ankle and the second is attaching it to one of your bicycle wheels. This chip cannot be worn around your wrists, in your shoe or on the handle of your bicycle. You can visit the Your RaceTech Chip page on the Cape Argus Cycle Tour website.
Before we get into the best bicycle for sale, it is time to discuss some your must-have bicycle accessories for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016. Apart from your RaceTec Chip, you will need:
– Helmets. Helmets are an MUST have when it comes to any cycling and cycling event. Bicycle Helmets can be found at a number of retailers in different colours and designs. The organisers of the Cape Argus recommends the use of polystyrene helmets that comply with SNELL or ANSI Z90/4 standards.
– Cycling Clothing. Whether you compete in these high level cycling events or not, you are sure to know that cyclist require specialised clothing. You will need your Cycling Shoes, tops and shorts if you are going to take part in the tour. Note that ‘funny’ clothing is allowed for this event, but organisers do ask that you take both your own and other cyclists’ safety into consideration.
Apart from what the event itself has asked from cyclists, other bicycle accessories that can be of a great help include:
– A GOOD pair of road socks
– A headband or helmet undercover
– A Water bottle and a cage for your bottle fitted to your bicycle
– High quality eyewear.
– Seat bag
– You can also opt for other clothing accessories like knee and arm warmers.
Bicycle Brands Fit for the Cape Argus
To help you find the perfect bicycle for sale, we wanted to highlight some of the best bicycles from some of the leading brands.
The Scott brand
Scott Sports is known for offering a range of high quality sport equipment and, when it comes to road bicycles, this couldn’t be more true. With everything from Mountain bikes and bicycles for junior riders, Scott Sports also features a large selection of Road bicycles.
The Foil Premium has an HMX Carbon Fibre frame, a Syncros carbon handlebar system and a Syncros Carbon and Dura-Ace Di2 components. Making use of F01 Aero Technology, this bicycle boasts comfort, a low seatstay attachment and a fork compliance that is 11% higher than this model’s older brother. Other features includes a tapered headtube, an oversized bottom bracket and seat clamp integration.
The Fork of this bicycle boasts the following specs – a 1 ¼”- 1 ½” carbon steerer and an integrated carbon dropout. The Foil Premium weighs in at approximately 6.82 kilogrammes.
A Bicycle from Cannondale
Categorised under the brand’s Elite Road Bicycles, the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod is a truly stunning range of models. Aerodynamic, light in weight and boasts ballistec carbon construction, which attributes to its stiffness and balance.
This bicycle for sale also has Speed Safe features that are race oriented. It aids in delivering better rolling speed, an improved cornering speed and a better acceleration.
Named Road Bike of the Year by Velo Magazine, the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod Ultegra is a great road model from Cannondale. Designed for those serious about road racing, it features a Ballistec Carbon frame. A Shimano Ultegra Drivetrain, a Cannondale HollowGram crank and a SuperSix Evo, Speed Safe Ballistec frame (1 – 1/8” – 1 – ¼”).
Raleigh is another big name when it comes to bicycles. Offering Road, Mountain and Performance Hybrid bicycles, Raleigh Bicycles offers more than five Road models, including the Revenio Carbon 2.0.
Equipped with an Avenir 300 Series Road Seat, its frame is made of Direct Connect Carbon and has a RE2P Geometry with Internal Cable Routing. The Fork of the bicycle is Carbon Monocoque 1-1/8” to 1.5” Taper. Fitted with Shimano 105 brakes and brake levers, these Raleigh Bicycles features Shomano 105 10 speed gears, a Shomano 105 Compact crank, gel type grips and Weinmann DP 18 Double Wall Rims.
Available in a range of sizes, it is also available with a few extras, including a clear coat and a reflector set.
The Pinarello brand
If you are looking for a new road bicycle, the Pinarello brand is also a good option. With distributors and dealers in South Africa, you can choose from a range of models from this brand including the new Dogma F8 Disk.
This Pinarello model has an asymmetric frame and a flatback profile, the Dogma F8 was the Gold Winner of 2014 London Design Awards and Bicycling’s Editors’ Choice in 2015.
UCI approved and available in a range of colours, this bicycle features internal cable routing, a curved seatstay and makes use of Carbon Torayca T1100 1K with Nanoalloy Technology, to name but a few of its awesome features and specifications.
Also known for its large range of models, Trek Bicycles does have local distributors and dealers. With so many models to choose from, we opted for the Émonda SLR 10.
Winning the 2015 Velonews Bike of the Year and TOUR Magazine’s award for Lightest Frameset, the Émonda SLR 10 has a 700 Series OCLV Carbon frame featuring an E2 tapered head tube, internal cable routing, and a ride tuned seatmast and tube optimisation.
This bicycle is equipped witj a SRAM RED 22 chain, a SRAM RED 50/34 Compact crank and 11 speed SRAM RED 22 shifter, to name but a handful of it features and specifications.
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