This year’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour takes place on Sunday, March 11. The event draws around 30 000 cyclists who will start the 110km race from the famed Adderley Street at the crack of dawn. The route follows the peninsula and finishes near Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.
Although entries for the 2012 event have closed, you can show your support while trawling the city’s restaurants and signature sidewalk cafes. Cape Town’s CBD is host to a number of great early morning coffee shops. Green Market Square and St George’s Mall, just off Adderley Street are popular early morning spots for scrumptious breakfasts and freshly roasted coffee.
The start and finish lines for the cycle tour are within walking distance, so take advantage of the many quintessential Capetonian attractions along the way. Enjoy a walk along the promenade in Sea Point or head for Long Street, a firm favourite with antique collectors and independent fashion boutiques.
Keep in mind that many of the city’s roads will be closed off for the race, so pick your viewing spot well beforehand. Make use of the cab services in the city centre to get to your spot of choice, especially if you’re planning on supporting the cyclists along the scenic route. Travel light but don’t forget to take a light sweater just in case – it is after all Cape Town and although last year’s cycle tour enjoyed favourable conditions, the city is known for strong winds.
Celebrate the day’s show of endurance and sportsmanship with cocktails and dinner at any of the city’s world class restaurants. Camps Bay is a firm favourite thanks to Victoria Road’s string of eateries such as Azure, Cafe Caprice and Bayside Cafe. Greenpoint’s Pigalle and Beluga are excellent dining spots – ideal for wrapping up a day of supporting one of the country’s popular sporting events.