Cape Town Cycle Tour confirms plans for a short route option

Cape Town Cycle Tour and the City of Cape Town have confirmed that they are finalising plans to offer a short route for next year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour.

“We are extremely excited to be working in partnership with the City on this innovation,” said David Bellairs, director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “Cape Town was voted as the World’s Leading Festival and Event Destination in 2018 at the World Travel Awards and the Cape Town Cycle Tour has largely contributed towards that reputation. Year after year, we attract 35 000 riders, from elite racers to novices, fitness enthusiasts, locals and internationals to those that want to tick this iconic event off their bucket-list.

 

“At the same time we realise that the 109km route may be a bit daunting for novices or the not-so-fit. We want to be completely inclusive; we want to encourage the youth to come and have a fun, crazy costume ride with us and to get armchair athletes onto bicycles to also enjoy the camaraderie of this incredible event.”

 

“A shorter course, in addition to the full traditional route is the perfect solution. We will release more details as we confirm them, but the thinking is that the short route will be held on the Saturday, followed by the 109km route on the Sunday,” Bellairs concluded.

 

Interestingly, exactly four years and three months ago, 35 000 participants lined up to ride a vastly shortened version of the beloved Cape Town Cycle Tour in solidarity and support for those affected by the tragic fires burning on the mountains around Cape Town in March 2015. The route then was a 47km circular route from the start to the end of the M3 and back the same way to the finish in Green Point.

 






26 Comments

Jase619, Jun 05 2019 12:25

Wow, no comments yet?

 

I'm impressed, everyone must be working today

Long Wheel Base, Jun 05 2019 12:32

If it's on Saturday then I am keen to ride both. But not sure they will get it right to close the city down for 2 days.

DjCyclist, Jun 05 2019 12:48

They probably going to divert shorter route through Constatia Neck

dirtypot, Jun 05 2019 12:49

Isn't part of the appeal of the 'Argus' that it's hard for people who don't cycle?  That's how thousands of people end up with their seven-hour war stories. 
Offering a shorter route diminishes the shared pain that is a full Argus.  Dilutes what has become the norm.  In addition, its the spectator support which is what makes this 'race' feel how it does.  The chances of getting crowds to come out two days in a row are remote.  Without that vibe, this is no different from any other short race. 
Maybe I'm just being extra sour today, but I don't feel this is a step in the right direction. 

LeoKnight, Jun 05 2019 01:16

They probably going to divert shorter route through Constatia Neck

 

I would think turning right at Fishhoek might be a better option, but doubt that would make it much shorter, or even much and as you say over Constantia Neck

Shebeen, Jun 05 2019 01:21

WHAT???!!!

 

I know they didn't sell out this year, but can't see what a Argus lite adds.

 

am going to reserve comment till they add some details, but I'm going to assume they will use the same start/finish points.

Allrounder, Jun 05 2019 01:54

WHAT???!!!

 

I know they didn't sell out this year, but can't see what a Argus lite adds.

 

am going to reserve comment till they add some details, but I'm going to assume they will use the same start/finish points.

exactly, they must offer something else since the numbers are declining. 

shaper, Jun 05 2019 02:14

Sub 3hr guaranteed now!! 

buchanan, Jun 05 2019 02:48

This goes against the whole spirit and history of of the race. The idea is that people of all shapes and sizes battle their way round the 109km Peninsula route.

What next...a Comrades 10km version?

ouzo, Jun 05 2019 03:04

WHAT???!!!

 

I know they didn't sell out this year, but can't see what a Argus lite adds.

 

am going to reserve comment till they add some details, but I'm going to assume they will use the same start/finish points.

maybe they're trying to make it more attractive for all members of a cyclists family. That way its easier to justify the costs getting down to cape town and staying for the weekend.

lechatnoir, Jun 05 2019 03:48

They probably going to divert shorter route through Constatia Neck

 

Doubt they'd get that right... no one would be able to get in or out of Hout Bay - it's a big supporters spot and also in light of the fires a year or two back, no emergency services would be able to get through there.... 

babse, Jun 05 2019 04:16

Seems they took note of that tread that was started on LeBikeHub RE changes to CTCT.

babse, Jun 05 2019 04:45

Look forward to the price of the short... Maybe the long route can go up signal hill

DjCyclist, Jun 05 2019 04:46

Doubt they'd get that right... no one would be able to get in or out of Hout Bay - it's a big supporters spot and also in light of the fires a year or two back, no emergency services would be able to get through there....


Aah yes haven't thought about that, mostly likely going to be a route with less traffic disruptions then, but we have to wait and see what they come up with

NC_lurker, Jun 05 2019 08:08

Perhaps the Cycle Tour office calendar is stuck on April 1..

Oufy MTB (Roadie), Jun 05 2019 08:11

Ok,I'm not for this, the 109km is what it is about. There are plenty of other races available if you not up for it. However, there is a argument for it from an economic point of view. The infrastructure investment is huge for a one day event, so having a race the Saturday will maximize it.

Going over the neck.mmmmmmm I don't wanna be descending with a crowd, those first few bands are tight,especially the third one. Will be scary.

But await further details about the route. I would suggest m3 to the end. Left to main rd. Then right to boyes drive and right through Westlake golf course to rejoin m3 back. Should give 50 odd km's . Depending on numbers, the M3 will be closed for 4 hours max ??

MDJ, Jun 05 2019 09:48

More people riding their bikes, another cycling event with closed roads on what will probably be a scenic route within 30 minutes from my house - what's not to like. So do we get discounted rates if we do both ... ;)

rudi.louw, Jun 06 2019 09:13

Agree, they taking away the 'challenge' of participating in the Argus.

I can imagine the talk around the braai "I did the Argus in 3 hours" and the guy conveniently forgetting to mention he did the shortened version:) 

 

Isn't part of the appeal of the 'Argus' that it's hard for people who don't cycle?  That's how thousands of people end up with their seven-hour war stories. 
Offering a shorter route diminishes the shared pain that is a full Argus.  Dilutes what has become the norm.  In addition, its the spectator support which is what makes this 'race' feel how it does.  The chances of getting crowds to come out two days in a row are remote.  Without that vibe, this is no different from any other short race. 
Maybe I'm just being extra sour today, but I don't feel this is a step in the right direction. 

Jase619, Jun 06 2019 11:22

This goes against the whole spirit and history of of the race. The idea is that people of all shapes and sizes battle their way round the 109km Peninsula route.

What next...a Comrades 10km version?

 

Hardly a fair comparison, the Comrades is a massively challenging event, where people push themselves way beyond physical limits. For most people, while possibly difficult, the Argus isn't that much of a challenge. I would definitely say the effort put in to complete the Comrades is way more than the effort to complete the Argus within allowed time limits.

 

For instance, the Argus allows people to enter no matter the physical fitness as they know more or less that person should complete within the time limit regardless. The comrades doesn't work that way.

ouzo, Jun 06 2019 12:22

Hardly a fair comparison, the Comrades is a massively challenging event, where people push themselves way beyond physical limits. For most people, while possibly difficult, the Argus isn't that much of a challenge. I would definitely say the effort put in to complete the Comrades is way more than the effort to complete the Argus within allowed time limits.

 

For instance, the Argus allows people to enter no matter the physical fitness as they know more or less that person should complete within the time limit regardless. The comrades doesn't work that way.

you make it sound like the Argus is easy.

Yes its certainly not on the same difficulty level as comrades, but for around 80% of the CTCT field its a real challenge and I would guestimate at least 50%+ of the field are at their limits.

Mamil, Jun 06 2019 05:23

Interesting that inclusivity is now applied to a having a shorter route at a bike race. Hard not to be cynical about a move like this.

splat, Jun 07 2019 11:00

I am glad that they are considering holding the two events on different days.

Its always CHAOS when the short route merges with the long route riders.

 

Having said that, I will surprised if they got road closures for 2 days in a row...

babse, Jun 07 2019 02:37

I am glad that they are considering holding the two events on different days.

Its always CHAOS when the short route merges with the long route riders.

 

Having said that, I will surprised if they got road closures for 2 days in a row...

CoCT run event... theyll make it happen.

Victor Meldrew, Jun 10 2019 05:34

I hope its not going to be the 47km route of 4 years ago. I appreciate that in the circumstances it may have been put together in haste and was the best option at the time but it was a boring ride. 

I would be very happy to do both but not if the short route was that 47km ride. 

Andrew Steer, Jun 11 2019 11:14

Hardly a fair comparison, the Comrades is a massively challenging event, where people push themselves way beyond physical limits. For most people, while possibly difficult, the Argus isn't that much of a challenge. I would definitely say the effort put in to complete the Comrades is way more than the effort to complete the Argus within allowed time limits.

 

For instance, the Argus allows people to enter no matter the physical fitness as they know more or less that person should complete within the time limit regardless. The comrades doesn't work that way.

I'd say it's easier to ride the Argus 3 times than run a Comrades... you just cannot compare the two.

If you have any inkling of interest in getting or being fit, then the Argus is an easily accessible goal for anyone (finances aside for some). You just need to put in a little effort. 

Don't really see the need for this shorter route, but maybe it's aimed at kids and the elderly. Let's wait and see