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Argus Cycle Tour 2013

Well I was (sort of) supposed to ride in the 109km race, but since I have put so much effort into the Two Oceans Half Marathon in 3 weeks time, I did the prudent thing and just watched the race from the sidelines.

Of course that did not stop me from taking some photos. Here are a few highlights.
Argus Cycle Tour

A tightly packed bunch
Argus Cycle Tour Unicycle

Doing it on one wheel
Argus Cycle Tour Hand Cyclist

Hand Cyclist

And the rest

The cycle tour is just three days away

Argus Cycle Tour

On Sunday, I will be cycling in my 5th Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour, or just the Argus as everybody knows it as. The tour, which is 109 km long, winds itself around Cape Town. Approximately 38000 people will be riding in the race, which to my knowledge is the longest timed cycle event in the world, and probably the only cycling event to span two oceans.

It is an amazing event to be part of, the roads are closed, thousands of people arrive to support us on, and you get to cycle on the most beautiful scenery in the world. These are a few pictures taken over the past few years, some while watching, and some while participating in the event itself. I hope it gives you a feel for the event.

Start line

Start line

Main Road

Main Road (before permanent road-works caused the Boyes Drive detour)

Hand Cyclist

My Friend Zilani, the hand cyclist

A big bunch

A large bunch coming past

The Bar One Girls

The Bar One Girls cheer you on and hand out free chocolates

Refueling

One of the many refueling stops

Physios on duty

There are many physios on duty to help the tired legs

Boyes Drive

A few extra hills here, thanks to the previously mentioned road works.

 

If you are in Cape Town, I hope you will either be on a bike, or supporting us as we come past. Good luck to all the cyclists, ride safe and I will see you on the road on Sunday.

Cycling to Cape Point

After all the wonderful meals I ate yesterday, some exercise was much needed, so I took the opportunity of a relatively cool and wind-free day to go for a morning cycle.

I went from home to the entrance of the Cape Point Nature Reserve, and the roads were surprisingly quiet. This was not the case on the return cycle; by then Cape Town was awake and about a million people were headed off to the beaches along my route.

Anyway, I cycled for 56km so I am ready for tonight’s dinner out :-)

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Going cycling

I missed the Argus Cycle tour this year,  but watching the race has finally inspired me to get back onto my bike! Yesterday I went for a 45km cycle, as I did last weekend as well! I hope that I keep it up, because I plan to be back in the race next year.

You may have noticed me mentioning the howling South-Easter on this blog, but for the next couple of months the wind dies down completely. It is the best time to go cycling. The early mornings are wonderfully cool, and completely wind-free.

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