The world’s biggest timed sportive, the Cape Town Cycle Tour, returns to its roots in 2020 by departing from the shadow of the Cape Town Castle, where it all started in 1978. Access to the Grand Parade start-chute area is considerably easier than the old Civic Centre start:
COMING FROM THE ATLANTIC SEABOARD/GREEN POINT?
Head for Strand or Darling Streets, and the City Hall, where the lovely Rotary Anns will usher you into your start chutes, now complete with a view of the mountain. There will be excessive signage, and people to ask for directions should you get lost.
COMING FROM THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS?
Head in on the M5, and take the Robert Sobukwe split at Hospital Bend, and drop into the top of Town from the Roeland Street side. You can split right down Nelson Mandela Boulevard, but the Strand Street off ramp will be closed, and you will then have to merge with the Northern Suburbs traffic coming off the N1. There is plenty of legal parking in the CBD – please don’t take a chance and give the traffic department a reason to apply pink tickets to your windows. From here, follow the signage down Strand, Plein or Darling Streets to filter in to the new start area in the shadow of the City Hall, in Darling Street.
If you are riding from the Southern Suburbs, head straight up the Main Road, with the Good Hope Centre and the Castle on your right before filtering into the start chutes in front of the City Hall. If you have come through on the Lower Main Road, you will need to filter up to Main before it goes under the freeway and becomes Newmarket, and then Strand Street; there will be no access to the start from the railway side.
COMING FROM THE NORTHERN SUBURBS?
If you are driving in, follow the N1 all the way through to the Waterfront intersection and you will find ample parking in the CBD. There is plenty of legal parking in the CBD – please don’t take a chance and give the traffic department a reason to apply pink tickets to your windows. From here, follow the signage down Strand, Plein or Darling Streets to filter in to the new start area in the shadow of the City Hall, in Darling street.
If you are riding in from the North, use the bike paths, which will guide you to the south side of the Cape Town Station. Turn left up Adderley Street, and left again into Strand or Darling, and follow the Hooplas!
Here is our advice on how to get to the start, in time, and with minimal hassle.