Sunday 8 March marks the 42nd annual Cape Town Cycle Tour, attracting over 35 000 cyclists to the Mother City. Famed as the world's largest individually timed cycle race, the tour had far more humble beginnings. In 1978, just over 500 cyclists entered the first race as a means to raise awareness for cycling safety. Today, it’s one of the biggest events on the global cycling calendar, drawing thousands of cheering spectators to watch what is arguably the world’s most beautiful cycle race.
Prior to race day, The Cape Town Cycle Tour will host a week of cycling festivities, including the ever-popular 30th expo, held at the Cape Town Stadium from 5 to 7 March. Positively bristling with all things cycling related, exhibitors and cyclists alike congregate in the stadium to talk shop. JaSure will be among the exhibitors, returning to the expo for our second year. Be sure to stop by, as we’ll be hosting an exciting competition for all you cycling fanatics!
While most make their way to Cape Town for the big day by plane or car, there’s a group of cyclists who do things a little differently, getting in the saddle long before the gun goes off. Grandads Army, a group of friends and social cyclists from East London, will take part in the 2020 Grandads Army Memorial Ride from Sunday 1 March. This year, 35 cyclists will strap on their helmets and pedal 1160 kilometres from East London to Cape Town, via the Karoo, over a period of four days to raise money for The Eyabantwana – For the Children Trust who support the Eastern Cape Paediatric Surgical Services. After cooling their heels in Cape Town for a few days, these avid cyclists with a whole lot of heart will be amongst the thousands taking on the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
We can’t claim to be even nearly as fit as this impressive group of riders, but we love their story and simply had to find a way to get involved. In this spirit, JaSure has equipped the Grandads Army with cycling accessories for the four-day ride and we will follow their journey with daily story updates, so follow us on Facebook and Instagram to help create awareness for this great cause.
But, back to race day, for all you Cape Town Cycle Tour riders. If you’ll be amongst the pack, here are a few handy tips to see you sailing through the finish line.
Top Ten Tips for the Cape Town Cycle Tour
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