No Boyes Drive for 2013 Cycle Tour4 Mar 2013
The 2013 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour returns to Muizenberg Main Road for the first time since 2008 this year, taking cyclists past the charming seaside town of St James and the buzzing fishing and artist haven Kalk Bay.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, organisers of the event, have worked closely with the contractors handling the road works to ensure the road surface is smooth and wide enough for the event. “We still urge cyclists to take caution as they ride through the Kalk Bay area – there is a slight narrowing of the road and cyclists will be funnelled to the left side. We therefore ask cyclists to keep to the left and take extra care in this area to ensure a safe ride for all participants,” says Renée Jordaan, operational director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.
An oasis at Chappies
The organisers have also turned the refreshment station at Chapman’s Peak into an oasis of respite and rejuvenation. “For those riders that are familiar with the route, the Chappies Oasis will be 1.7km down the road from last year’s refreshment station. You’ll need to slow down if you want to make use of it, as you have to make a left turn off the road to get to the refreshment area. There’ll be some signage to show riders the way,” says Jordaan.
Once there, cyclists can enjoy ice cold drinks from the refrigerated container, supplied by Safmarine. “There’ll also be physios to help massage out any cramps, and Mediclinic medical support for those that need it. And with the breath-taking scenery of the area, the Chappies Oasis should also make for excellent photo opportunities.”
In order to get ready for Race Day, the road works on Chapman’s Peak Drive will be cleared from Wednesday 6 March. “We ask that cyclists stay clear of the pass from Wednesday 6th until Friday 8th to allow the construction teams to remove the rubble, equipment and containers. The road will intermittently be closed to traffic and cyclists while the clean-up is underway, but we encourage cyclists to use the pass again on Saturday 9 March to take advantage of one last day of training ahead of the big day.”
The 36th Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour takes place on Sunday 10 March with 35 000 cyclists expected to line up in Hertzog Boulevard to take part in this year’s race. From its humble beginnings in the 1970’s, the Cycle Tour has become one of the most popular mass participation sporting events in the world and is a permanent fixture on the calendars of professional and recreational cyclists worldwide. Every year, local riders are joined by international visitors who are keen to experience the beauty, drama and excitement of this amazing race.
For more information about the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, please visit www.cycletour.co.za
Source: Cycle Tour Press Release