Cape Town Cycle Tour Riders #PackSafeRideFast
On Sunday, 8 March 2015, 35 000 cyclists will line up in Hertzog Boulevard to participate in the world’s largest timed cycling event, the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
Formerly known as the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour, the event has grown beyond the imagination of those early cycling pioneers who pedalled the Cape Peninsula in 1978, to becoming the iconic international event it is today.
From humble beginnings, the event – now in its 38th year – has become a permanent feature on the calendars of professional and recreational cyclists worldwide.
In addition to ensuring the success of the event, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, organisers of the annual event, places a strong focus on charity by encouraging cyclists to ride and raise money for a good cause.
The event actually first took place in order to raise awareness about cycling safety back in 1978 and is now one of the world’s most iconic cycling events. 525 riders took part in what was then called ‘The Big Ride-in’ which now boasts the title of ‘the world’s largest timed cycling event’ with tens of thousands of cyclists from all age groups, abilities and nationalities including a long line of celebrities such as Matt Damon who cycled the 2009 event on a tandem with his brother.
The event still continues to live up to its legacy by promoting cycling safety. One of the reasons that entries sold out within eight hours of opening is because there is a cap of 35,000 not only for logistical reasons but also because anything more would possibly infringe on health and safety.
Also, the event’s impact has made provincial and city authorities actively legislate safer rider conditions by building a significant network of cycling paths throughout Cape Peninsula.
How Scicon is Involved
Scicon is an official Licensee of the Cape Town Cycle Tour for the first time this year and is hoping to encourage and facilitate as many people as possible to travel safely with their bikes.
Scicon will also be offering an exclusive discount to all Cape Town Cycle Tour riders via their online shop which means that they can #packsaferidefast for less!
General public entries for the 2015 event opened on Friday, 26 September 2014, and closed in a record eight hours. For more information about next year’s race, please visit www.cycletour.co.za.
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