Modern Athlete Magazine Issue 127, February 2020 - Page 53

Entries Still Available for the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour ADVERTORIAL Excitement is mounting as thousands upon thousands of South Africans are eagerly preparing to ride the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020, and the good news is that if you can still submit your entry if you want to be part of Cape Town’s annual festival on two wheels, as there are still a limited number of entries left. T he Cape Town Cycle Tour is one of the biggest bucket list items in South African sport that everyone wants to tick off at least once, and Sunday 8 March will be the day when Cape Town invites its residents and visitors to don their Lycra and/ or crazy costumes and pedal through some of the most glorious scenery found anywhere in the world. “There are a few things that set the Cape Town Cycle Tour apart,” says David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “The route is incredible – where else can you ride 109km of breathtaking scenery, laughing and enjoying Instagrammable moments and the camaraderie of 34,999 like-minded individuals? It’s a challenge, but one that is achievable even by those who only dust their bikes off once a year.” “Then there’s the welcome that the city provides. People go out of their way to line the route. They dress up, they shout, they clap and cheer on the riders as they pedal by. And don’t forget the hundreds of volunteers who look forward to being part of the Cycle Tour every year. The sense of celebration and community on the day is hard to describe and must be experienced!” “Participants get to be part of this amazing ‘gees,’ all the while knowing that the proceeds go to charity. This is truly an event that transforms the everyday into an experience of heroic proportions. No wonder the Cape Town Cycle Tour has held a special place in South Africans’ hearts for more than 40 years!” Over the past five years alone, more than R45 million has been distributed to social upliftment and cycling development programmes in and around the Western Cape, by Cape Town Cycle Tour beneficiaries, the Pedal Power Association and the Rotary Club of Claremont. Taking part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour is one of the easiest ways to support a worthy cause whilst experiencing a once-a-year opportunity to own the traffic-free road around the Cape Peninsula. New Developments The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust is excited to announce that e-bikes will be welcomed for the first time this year, subject to specific conditions to entry. However, hosting a short course in addition to the traditional 109km route has been put on hold until 2021 to allow for further planning and judicious preparation by the Cape Town Cycle Tour team, together with key stakeholders including the City of Cape Town. “We know that there will be some disappointment around this decision – we’re disappointed, too,” says Bellairs. “But as always, the safety of participants comes first. We hope to have good news soon regarding the short course for 2021. All stakeholders will continue working to make this possible.” But for now, all eyes are on the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour, and the fact that there are still some entries available. • General entry fee: R550 • PPA entry fee: R470 Keep up to date with Cape Town Cycle Tour developments by liking our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cycletour or by following us on Twitter at @CTCycleTour or on Instagram @ ctcycletour. For any event queries, or assistance with entries, please contact the Cycle Tour Events Office during office hours on 087 820 7223 or visit www.capetowncycletour.com. 53