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  • Take part in the world’s largest individually timed cycle sportive 
  • Explore the vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek 
  • Cycle the spectacular Whale Coast between Hermanus and Gordon's Bay
The Cape Town Cycle Tour Special (Cape Argus) tour starts and ends in Cape Town. The Cape Town Cycle Tour Special (Cape Argus) is a Bicycle Tour that takes 9 days taking you through Cape Town, South Africa and other destinations in South Africa.

With its roots in the late 1970s, the first version of what is now called the Cape Town Cycle Tour (formally Cape Argus Cycle Tour) down the Cape Peninsula had 525 entrants. Year on year the number of participants grew and in 2016 there were over 35,000 enthusiastic cyclists taking part in what is now the largest individually timed cycle-tour in the world. The circular route, starting in Cape Town, takes you down 109kms of incredible coastal roads along the Cape Peninsula, past quaint villages and bays as far as the entrance of the Cape Point Nature Reserve before returning to Cape Town. For your time to be officially counted you will need to complete the route in under 7hrs (the fastest cyclists will complete the route in under 3hrs). During the week leading up to the Cape Town Cycle Tour, we explore the delights of the Western Cape whilst warming up for the big event. We start off by following a large section of the race route itself, enjoying the stunning views of the Cape Peninsula before heading inland through South Africa’s famed wine region. Then it’s onto the semi-arid Little Karoo and on to the resort town, and whale capital of the world, Hermanus. Finally we ride along one of the greatest coastal roads anywhere in the world, the Whale Route, returning to Cape Town in time to register for the cycle sportive.
customer reviews
4.8 - Excellent Based on 6 reviews
Awesome (new favourite word after this trip)
5 - Excellent
“If you want to do a cycling sportive abroad that will in all likelihood, be one of the best things that you will ever do, then book this trip (but leave space for me as I want to go back!). Absolutely amazing”
Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour
4 - Very Good
“A great 10-day trip through the stunning interior and dramatic coastal roads of South Africa. The cycling was testing but thoroughly enjoyable throughout. The trip was supposed to culminate with the Cape Argus 104km road race but nature intervened and wild fires meant the race was curtailed to a leisurely 47km.......no problems after a few 100km days in the saddle over the previous days. I will be back to do the whole race next year!”
MSH - Cape Town Argus Cycling Tour
5 - Excellent
“A fantastic break with great scenery, superb food & drink and most of all excellent cycling.”
Cape Argus Cycle Tour
5 - Excellent
“South Africa's Cape region is quite simply an incredible place for cycling, with great roads and the most spectacular scenery! This holiday combines this with the chance to ride what must be the greatest cycle event anywhere in the world. A superb trip!!”
Land only clients will be picked at our pre-tour accommodation in Cape Town before picking up those passengers on the group flights and heading to the Cape Peninsula. This afternoon we set up our bikes and have a tour briefing before heading out to the Cape Point Nature Reserve where we will walk to the lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope. We will then get on our bikes and cycle back to our Guest House.*Comfortable Hotel*
Today we ride to Cape Town following a large section of the Cape Town Cycle Tour allowing us to familiarise ourselves with the route but also to enjoy the spectacular scenery. After an initial cycle along the naval road to the top of Red Hill looking out over False Bay, we head on the race route proper. We go via Kommetjie, Misty cliffs, Scarborough and through Noordhoek to the world famous Chapman's Peak Drive. We cycle over the peak to Hout Bay (the bus won't follow us up Chapman's Peak and instead will meet us at Hout Bay). After lunch we continue to Llundudnou and all along the coast to our guest house.*Comfortable Hotel*
After an early transfer from Cape Town to Franschhoek we get on the bikes and cycle the Franschhoek Pass with its stunning views. We continue on back roads around the Thee Waterkloof Dam towards Nuy Vallei cycling past the Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve. We transfer the final section of main road to our guest farm.*Comfortable Hotel*
Today the scenery changes again as we cross into the semi-arid Karoo. We start with a transfer to Montagu before climbing behind the handlebars and cycling the scenic back roads of the Little Karoo. Our destination is the quiet, old, Dutch village of Barrydale nestled in a fertile valley surrounded by a colourful mix of vines, fruit and wild flowers.*Comfortable Hotel*
Heading back towards the coast, today's main highlight is the spectacular Tradouws Pass. As we climb towards the top of the pass, there is an old prison camp which once homed the convicts who built the pass in 1873. From the top the pass is mainly downhill through the Langeberge Mountains. We continue through the small town of Suurbrak, built by the London Missionary Society in 1812. From here we have a short transfer along the N2 highway. We get back on our bikes and cycle through cultivated farmlands to Bredarsdorp. Following a late lunch we transfer to the resort town of Hermanus. Known as the whale capital of the world due to the Southern Right whales which come from late August to November.*Comfortable Hotel*
One of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world, the Whale Route stretches out all the way to Gordon's Bay. We ride along this road with the Cape Fold Mountains to our right and the Ocean to our left, through Bettie's Bay and ending in Gordon's Bay. From here we get in the bus and transfer back to Cape Town.*Comfortable Hotel*
This morning we have the option of taking a short ride to do final checks on the bike before tomorrow's big day. In the afternoon we go out and register for the race and can spend some time taking in the atmosphere and browsing the stalls.

*Comfortable Hotel*
Today is the big day! Starting from the centre of Cape Town the cycle tour will take us along the M3 to Lakeside where we join Main Road. We continue through Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek. From there we take the coastal road to Simonstown and then go past the entrance to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. We continue to Scarborough and Oceanview before getting to Chapman's Peak and up Suikerbossie, finally arriving at Green Point.*Comfortable Hotel*
Today is a free day to explore Cape Town some more, do a bit of shopping at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, or possibly visit Robben Island. The tour ends in the afternoon.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 8 nights in standard hotels and guest houses, All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts
Transport
  • 8 days cycling with 100% vehicle support
  • All transport and listed activities
Others
  • 100% tarmac roads 
  • Mostly relaxed rides with a few harder climbs
  • Normally 2 groups of up to 14 people
  • Tour leader throughout
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Cape Town are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Cape Town Cycle Tour Special (Cape Argus) tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 14 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Cape Town, South Africa/ Cape Town, South Africa
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A deposit of 245 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 56 days before departure. For any departures within 10 September 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Cape Town Cycle Tour Special (Cape Argus) tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Cape Town Cycle Tour Special (Cape Argus) tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Cape Town Cycle Tour Special (Cape Argus) tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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