The Grand Parade venue means plenty more room, and a simpler flow, so you will have time to do those last minute repairs at one of the bike shop set up in the centre of affairs, or have a warming cup of coffee to get the muscles firing.
You can also drop off your tog bag, with clean clothes and walking shoes, which will be taken to the race village in the Cape Town Stadium Precinct to await your sweaty arrival. The 1st Tog Bag Vehicles based inside the Start Village will arrive at the entrance to the hospitality area at 08h30. The 2nd Tog Bag Vehicle also based inside the Start Village will arrive at the entrance to the hospitality area at 11h00. If you are starting early and will most likely finish before 11h00, you need to make sure you drop your tog bag off at the 1st Tog Bag Vehicle inside the Start Village.
There will be two Info tents at both of the entrances to the Start Village.
In addition to any last-minute race queries, you will be able to purchase a RaceTec chip for R150 from the Info tent.
You will also be able to purchase a RaceTec chip from roaming RaceTec representatives in the Start Village.
Your RaceTec timing chip.
Your number board, affixed to the handle bars to the bike.
Your race number, pinned to the back of your cycling shirt.
The Grand Parade is quite exposed, even if the breeze is light and for most the wait in the start chutes will be an hour or more, so don’t forget to pack a lightweight wind-cheater, to stay warm.
Your front wheel, if you have taken it off to load your bike (this has happened, more than once).
Your sense of humour, and the ability to ‘Hoopla’. A lot.
Here is our advice on how to get to the start, in time, and with minimal hassle.