What does the Cape Town Cycle Tour entail?
The Cape Town Cycle Tour is owned and staged by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust and it is the largest, timed cycling event in the world. It celebrates its 40th year in 2017 when, on the morning of Sunday, 12 March, 35 000 cyclists will line up to ride the 109km route through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery that includes the iconic Table Mountain as a backdrop. The tour’s main beneficiaries are the Pedal Power Association (PPA) and Rotary Club of Claremont, which are equal stakeholders in the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.
What is the minimum age?
You must turn 13 years during the year of the event (or 11 years to ride on a tandem with an adult).
When will the 2017 Cycle Tour be held?
On Sunday, 12 March 2017.
What are the entry fees?
South African residents: R510 per rider
Rest of Africa: R1000 (includes Mauritius)
International entries: R1000 per rider
PPA members: R480 per rider
How do I enter?
How to apply for a public entry to the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour:
- Apply for a general entry:
From Wednesday, 17 August at 1pm to Tuesday, 23 August at 4pm, prospective riders can apply at www.capetowncycletour.com. Doing so amounts to an indication of interest only, and will not ensure an entry. Prospective entrants will be required to update their details at the same time.
- Entry confirmation:
During the week of Monday, 29 August, successful applicants will receive confirmation emails from the Cape Town Cycle Tour Events Office to advise that they have been awarded an entry. Unsuccessful applicants will also receive an email notification and will be invited to enter via a supporting charity or by means of the official substitution process in February 2017.
- Securing an entry:
Successful applicants will have until Monday, 5 September at 1pm to make payment to secure their entry. Payment not received by this date and time, or the applicant’s option to decline the entry, will result in that entry being made available to a previously unsuccessful rider. Local general entries will cost R510 per rider and PPA members will pay R480.
Who can enter?
You must turn 13 years during the year of the event (or 11 years to ride on a tandem with an adult). Anybody who can ride a bicycle and is moderately fit can participate. If you are unsure of your fitness levels or medical status, please visit your doctor before entering. Remember: PPA members receive a discounted entry fee and reserved starting positions, so why not join them if you are not already a member? You can join or renew your PPA membership when entering the Cycle Tour. Mail email@example.com for more info.
How do you determine if someone is an international entrant?
We look at the country stated in your physical address as it appears on our database. This will determine what your entry fee will be. We do not consider nationality or passport number. If you live internationally but wish to have your Cycle Tour paperwork posted to a South African address, enter a South African postal address and an international physical address to be entered as an international entrant.
Once local entries are closed and only international entries are being accepted: Should you wish to enter as an international entrant and you need to change the country in your physical address to an international one, we will require recent proof of your international address.
How can I be seeded if I am from overseas?
Please forward details of recent cycling achievements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include information on events you have participated in, for example, distance and degree of difficulty of the course; winner’s time; your time; average speed; number of participants, your position, etc. (provide as much information as possible). If this is not provided, you will be placed in one of the international groups leaving approximately 3/4 way down the field. You may choose to ride with slower riders in later groups without being reseeded. Your start time will be picked up from the start mats and your time will be adjusted automatically. You may not move to an earlier start group, however.
What is PPA?
The Pedal Power Association (or PPA) is the largest cycling organisation in South Africa. It currently has some 16 000 paid-up members spread all over the country although the largest component is in the Western Cape where the Association has its headquarters. The PPA is one of the beneficiaries (together with The Rotary Club of Claremont) of the proceeds generated by the Cycle Tour. As a result, it is able to co-ordinate a number of fun-rides and cycling development projects in the greater Western Cape.
How can I become a member of the Western Cape PPA?
Do I need a license to participate?
Cycling South Africa (CSA) day licenses or annual licenses are not required for the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
What if I enter, but cannot participate?
If you cannot take part, you may find another cyclist to take your place and the organisers will arrange a substitution.
Substitutions must be arranged through the Cycle Tour events office during the substitution period, dates are still TBC. The original entrant will NOT be refunded his/her entry fee and his/her number will be withdrawn.
If you are making your place in the Cycle Tour available for substitution, you may ask the substitute rider to refund your entry fee but you may not ask for more than you had originally paid. Contraventions may result in the disqualification of both parties.
Merchandise orders and chip purchases are not transferable. If you are unable to attend Registration, then you will need to ask someone to collect your merchandise on your behalf. Please refer to our substitutions page for further details.
Can I ride with somebody else’s race number?
No. Any participant found to be riding with somebody else’s race number may face disqualification and/or a 1-year ban.
The reason for the strict enforcement of the rules is because your personal and medical details are linked to your race number in case of an emergency.
If somebody you know can no longer participate, you may take their place by following the official substitution procedure.
I would like to ride with family members and friends. How do I do this?
If you would like to ride with friends or family, you may do this, provided all of you start in the latest start group that you or any of your family / friends may have received. You do not need to request this or be reseeded.
Your new group start time will be picked up from the start mats and your time will be adjusted automatically. You may NOT start in a higher/earlier group.
How can I confirm the status of my entry?
If you entered online, you should have received an email confirming your entry. If you are unsure of your entry status, check the RaceTec website’s “My Events/Results” page. Alternatively, you can contact the event organisers on 087 820 7223 or email@example.com.
If you completed your entry payment by post and your cheque has been banked by us, your entry has been accepted.
How can I ride in a seeded group?
We seed approximately 50% of the entire field. You are seeded on index which equates to your best finishing time in any one or more of the seeding events relative to the winner’s time.
The winner’s time of certain events is adjusted, taking into account the degree of difficulty of the course and quality of the field.
If you do not qualify for seeding and are a member of PPA you will automatically be placed in the PPA category. Similarly, non-PPA members will be placed in the Open category.
Please click here for the comprehensive list of Premier Seeding Events.
What do I wear?
Helmets are compulsory. We recommend polystyrene helmets complying with ANSI Z90/4 or SNELL standards.
Cycling shoes, shorts and jerseys are also recommended for your safety and convenience but are not compulsory.
Many dress up to make it a really fun day, but please take your own and other riders’ safety into account when dressing up in a costume.
Please also note that it is a family event and clothing should be appropriate.
What kind of bike may I ride?
Any traditional bicycle or tandem – powered solely by you – will do, so long as it is roadworthy.
If you wish to ride an unconventional bike or a recumbent, please select the “Individual” category and then forward a photograph or drawing of your “bicycle”, along with a description, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that no bicycle, tandem or other machine, conventional or otherwise, is permitted to have unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, and cow bars. Neither are Spinachi type bars permitted. However, ATB bar ends are permitted on mountain bikes.
Which events will count towards my seeding?
Please click here for the comprehensive list of Premier Seeding Events.
When will I be notified of my seeding/start time?
You will be notified of your preliminary seeding by the end of January/beginning of February. This will be sent to you by email or sms.
Where do I collect my race number?
Venue: Cape Town Stadium, Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town
- 9 March 2017, Cape Town Stadium, 9:30am – 7pm
- 10 March 2017, Cape Town Stadium, 9am – 7pm
- 11 March 2017, Cape Town Stadium, 9am – 4pm
Click here for more info.
Can someone else collect my race pack on my behalf?
Yes they can. You will need to give them a letter, signed by you, stating your name and race number and their name and ID number, and that you give them permission to collect your race pack on your behalf. They will need to access the Registration area with a RaceTec or Winning Time chip that belongs to a valid entrant. If they do not have one, they will be required to pay the TBC entrance fee.
How do I collect my race number if I do not receive my confirmation email or sms?
You no longer need a confirmation letter to access the Registration area as we now require all participants to have their own RaceTec (or Winning Time) chip in their possession when they register. If you have purchased a chip but have not collected it before you go to Register, you will be able to collect your chip outside the Registration area.
How do I collect my merchandise that I ordered if I am no longer able to go to Registration?
You can ask someone who is attending Registration to collect your merchandise on your behalf.
You will need to give them a letter, signed by you, stating your name and race number and their name and ID number, and that you give them permission to collect your merchandise on your behalf. They will need to access the Registration area with a RaceTec or Winning Time chip that belongs to a valid entrant. If they do not have one, they will be required to pay the TBC entrance fee.
What route does the Cycle Tour follow?
The following is a general description of the route. The start is in the city centre, outside the Civic Centre. You then travel along the M3 to Lakeside where you will then join Main Road which will take you through Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek. From there you take the coastal road to Simonstown and then go past the entrance to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. You then continue to Scarborough and on to Oceanview, missing the Kommetjie Hill. Then its Chapman’s Peak and up Suikerbossie and along the coast to Greenpoint.
A map of the route TBC
How will I be timed?
You must own AND wear a RaceTec chip for this event.
If you do not own a RaceTec chip, you will be required to purchase one. Please call 087 820 7223 or email email@example.com should you require more information. Old Winning Time chips are still accepted.
The most important thing to remember is to wear your chip on race day! It is much more than a timing chip; it is also a vital tool that gives us access to your personal and medical details in case of an emergency.
How long do I have to finish the Cycle Tour?
You are required to complete the course within 7 hours of your group’s start time to be awarded a result and a finishing certificate.
What if I decide during the tour that I cannot continue?
There is a sweep vehicle that follows the route. Move off the course and wait for the sweep vehicle or stop at any of the official bale-out points.
Will the Cycle Tour route still include Boyes Drive?
No, the Cycle Tour no longer uses Boyes Drive to bypass the roadworks on the Main Road.
What are the cut off times?
You have 7 hours from when the last group starts the Cycle Tour, to finish and receive a finishing medal. After that time the finish area will start to close down and roads will no longer be closed to traffic. The cut-off times:
|Cut off Point||Cut off Time|
|Refreshment Station 2 (End of M3)||11h30|
|Glencairn Express Way (Black Hill Rd, Glencairn)||12h15|
|Refreshment Station 7 (Perdekloof)||14h00|
|Refreshment Station 10 (Noordhoek)||15h00|
|Hout Bay: Main/Princess Rd Circle||15h30|
What happens to me if I am in an accident?
If you are in an accident on the route, you will be seen to by our medical team. If you are able to, you can continue to the finish line or you can wait to be collected by a sweep vehicle. If you are more seriously injured you will be transported to the nearest hospital and your details will be logged with the organisers. It is therefore very important to ensure that your medical and emergency contact details are correctly updated and that you ride with your own race number.
If I am in an accident and have to go to hospital in an ambulance, what happens to my bicycle?
The medic that attends to you will radio the Operations Centre who will send a marshal to collect your bicycle. Should there be room in the ambulance, your bicycle will be dropped off at the nearest refreshment station. In either of these instances your bicycle will be put on to the sweep vehicle that travels behind the last of the cyclists. Your bicycle will then be taken to the finish and given to the person in charge of the bicycle park. It is very important that you have your race number board on your bicycle so that your bicycle can be easily identified. You can then either collect your bicycle from the bicycle park or from the person in charge of the bicycle park should it be later in the week after the event.
Where can I find photos of me taken during the tour?
Go to www.jetlineactionphoto.com. They also have photos from previous Cycle Tours.
Where can I find my results of previous years?
Visit the VIP log, then search on your surname and name to view your results from past Cycle Tours.
After how many Cycle Tours do I get a special race number?
Once you have completed 10 Cycle Tours, you will receive a yellow race number.
Once you have completed 21 Cycle Tours, you will receive a blue race number.
For information about Club 21 (for those having completed 21 Cycle Tours), please contact Stephen Stefano on firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I do if any of my past results are not showing?
If any of your old results are missing, click here to log your result query. Please provide us with as much information as possible when querying your missing result.
How do I contact the organising office?
Entry, Result and Event-related Queries
Tel: +27 87 820 7223
Fax2Email – Cycle Tour: 086 595 2441
Fax2Email – RaceTec: 086 595 2450
Finance, Logistics, Marketing and Sponsorship
Tel: +27 87 820 4300
Tel: +27 21 686 0222
Fax: +27 21 485 4936
How do I contact Pedal Power Association?
Telephone: (021) 671-6340 / 4079
Fax: (021) 671-1037
How can I book a hospitality tent or stand at the Finish Carnival?
Contact Invent Hospitality
Telephone: (021) 593 6334
Fax: (021) 593 6324
How can I book a stand at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo?
Contact Eddy Cassar Promotions
Telephone: (021) 438 2595
Fax: (021) 438 3064
How do I place a sample in the Goody Bag?
Contact Monica Childs Marketing
Telephone: (021) 761 3355
Fax: 086 689 6811