On 13 March more than thousands of cyclists will be pedalling one of the world’s most spectacular cities. Glorious Cape Town is host to The Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour – South Africa’s largest one-day sporting event and the world’s biggest individually timed cycle race. Cyclists come to our beautiful city from far and wide to be part of this exciting and very demanding challenge.
The tour originally came about in 1978, when Bill Mylrea and John Stegmann organised the Big Ride-In to raise awareness for much-needed cycle paths. The Ride-In caught the interest of several hundreds of cyclists. Among them was the Mayor of Cape Town. This birthed the idea of a long-distance race. From its early beginnings with 525 participants, the race is now one of Cape Town’s big drawcards, which is hardly surprising when there is so much to see and do before and after the race.
Accommodation in Cape Town gets snapped up pretty fast leading up to the cycle tour, so it’s best to book well ahead. The choice of getaways in Cape Town is exceptional.
The Atlantic Seaboard is a huge contributor to Cape Town’s phenomenal reputation as a city of unmatched beauty. Near trendy Camps Bay, the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa basks magnificently against the mountain and sports sprawling ocean views. Here you’ll enjoy the best of luxury 24/7. Also on this incredible piece of coastline, at sought-after Llundudno, there’s a stunning sole-use villa with six suites, if you’re going to be staying in Cape Town as part of a group: 26 Sunset Avenue Llandudno even has its own private access to secluded Sandy Bay!
Bantry Bay is yet another of our red-carpet beachside suburbs, where Les Cascades offers chic and contemporary guesthouse accommodation. Green Point’s Romney Park All-Suite Hotel & Spa has stunning ocean-facing suites not far from the V & A Waterfront.
The Constantia Wine Valley holds rank as the birthplace of South Africa’s wine farming industry. Stay at the premier Glen Avon Lodge in Strawberry Lane, or luxuriate at Steenberg Hotel on the prestigious Steenberg Wine Estate, which incorporates a championship golf course designed by Peter Matkovich.
Up on the mountainside on the False Bay coast, and overlooking a breathtaking lake district, Colona Castle Manor House is a luxury boutique establishment where you’ll be extremely well looked after. There’s so much to do right on the doorstep, including beach sport, golf, exploring the trendy-bohemian harbour town of Kalk Bay, visits to the Cape Point, the penguin colony at The Boulders, and much more.
A little further afield from Cape Town – 45 minutes to an hour’s driving distance away – are the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, all well known for the magnificent wine estates on their respective doorsteps. There are first-class luxury accommodation options in each of these areas, ranging from intimate boutique guesthouses to grand historic homesteads and large luxury hotel complexes. In short, there’s something for every taste. Wine tasting may have to wait until after the race, granted, but thereafter you’ll certainly want to taste the wonderful spoils of the winelands.
Wherever it is in Cape Town that you’re wanting to stay, be sure to book soon. Ask our Getaways Consultants for ideas, not only about Cape Town’s best stays, but also about what to do and where to go while you’re here in our one-and-only Mother City. Mail us or call 0860 102 907 (local) or +27 11 803 8669 (international).