Cape Town Cycle Tour - 10 March 2019

Friday, 15 February 2019 10:42
Cape Town Cycle Tour - 10 March 2019
16.13 km
Wind Direction
1.47 km/h
Updated 4/18/2021 04:12:50
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41st Cape Town Cycle Tour

The 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour takes place on Sunday, March 10. The Cape Town Cycle Tour which was previously held under the name of one of the sponsors, the Cape Argus is a cycling event held in Cape Town, South Africa and it is the largest, timed cycling event in the world. Traditionally the race is held on the second Sunday in March.

The most beautiful bike race in the world circles the Cape Peninsula, starting and finishing in the shadow of Table Mountain, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This is a large international event with more than 30,000 people taking part from all over the World. The route is 110km long and you will ride through various town and communities in the Western Cape of South Africa.

Cape Town Cycle Tour Route Description

After a ‘Hoopla’, and the crack of the starter’s pistol, the new start sees riders head past the Cape Town Castle for the first time in 35 years, before hitting the first challenge of the day – Nelson Mandela Boulevard – a little later than before. A swift swoop through Hospital Bend, before spinning past UCT and Newlands Forest, and suddenly you will be on Edinburgh Drive. Also called Wynberg Hill, this steep ramp reminds you why you needed to train, before the fast 25-odd kilometres to Simonstown restores the faith, a little.

The long drag up to Smitswinkel and the entrance to the Cape Point Nature Reserve almost brings you to the halfway point and, if the South Easter is pumping, some welcome relief from the niggly headwinds. The traverse through Scarborough and Misty Cliffs is restorative, after your guaranteed too-fast start, with a cool breeze and the best view of the ocean all day. Then it all gets hard again, with the flat run back to Fishhoek straight into the South Easter softening the legs for the Chapman’s Peak/Suikerbossie double-feature to come. Chapman’s Peak is a two-part trial; Little Chappies is short and steep, but over quickly and buoyed by the spectator support at its foot. The main climb is longer, but flatter, and offers distractions aplenty (force yourself to look) as you ride one of the world’s most beautiful roads. After a speedy descent into Hout Bay, it is time to face the demons of Suikerbossie. Chappies is one of the highlights of the race.

A kilometre-and-a-half of purgatory – it is the same for everyone, dig in and use the spectators for inspiration and distraction – will be over sooner than you think, and then it is fifteen glorious downhill and flat kilometres to the finish, through Bakoven, Camp’s Bay (the little kick up to the old finish in Maiden’s Cove will wake your legs up), Clifton and Sea Point.  ROUTE DESCRIPTION 2019 

#Chappies Road Closure 

Due to race logistics Chapman's Peak Drive will be temporarily closed for 24 hours for preparation and the event.  Chappies Road Closure for Cape Town Cycle Race - Saturday 09 March at 18h00 until Sunday 10 March 2019 at 17h00.

All Road Closures for Cape Town Cycle Tour 2019 

Please share the road

We all love Chappies! Lets not compromise access or usage. There are few more beautiful spots in this gorgeous city of ours than Chapman's Peak Drive Loved by all who use #Chappies for the sheer joy & pleasure of it - the walkers, the runners, the cyclists, the Sunday Drivers, the tour buses and the gobsmacked self-drive visitors who join the daily commuters. Please share the road and be considerate of other users who have the same right to be there as you. Many cyclists and runners will be training on Chapman's Peak Drive during February, March and April - let's give them space to be their best. 

  • Motorists please be reminded that the speed limit on Chapman's Peak Drive is 40km/hour and stay wider of the rider.
  • Cyclists please stay in single file.

Chapman’s Peak Drive Toll Plaza Office Hours:

The Toll Plaza is open Monday - Friday from 08h00 - 17h00 for registration as a Frequent User.
Address: Toll Plaza, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Plaza Tel: 021 791 8220

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About Chapman's Peak Drive

  • Chapman’s Peak Drive toll road winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

    Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as #Chappies.