The Argus cycle tour is the largest individually timed cycling event in the world  (35,000 riders), the biggest cycling tour in Cape Town’s calendar and by far the most beautiful bike race on earth that attracts an increasing international audience of cyclists to our shores, (including Richard Branson and Matt Damon).

The Argus cycle tour is the largest individually timed cycling event in the world  (35,000 riders), the biggest cycling tour in Cape Town’s calendar and by far the most beautiful bike race on earth that attracts an increasing international audience of cyclists to our shores, (including Richard Branson and Matt Damon).

The Argus cycle tour is the largest individually timed cycling event in the world  (35,000 riders), the biggest cycling tour in Cape Town’s calendar and by far the most beautiful bike race on earth that attracts an increasing international audience of cyclists to our shores, (including Richard Branson and Matt Damon).

This year AWOL  Tours, organised and hosted 48 international riders from the  UK, United States and Canada who toured the countryside for 10 days prior to the event. Everyone brings their own specialized road bikes for the tour and we organise everything else – Accommodation, meals, specialized cycling tour guides and support vehicles with trailers customized to carry road bikes.

Glyn, a South African who now owns a bicycle shop in Toronto, brings family and friends to South Africa on a regular basis to ride the Argus. As he knows the countryside well, we had many phone calls to tweak the routes and arrange the logistics.

For CTC touring group the request was a little different, but the outcome the same – too pedal as much as possible and see the best of the countryside.

For each tour group we designed an itinerary departing from Cape Town through the Winelands into the Overberg and back along the coastline past Betty’s Bay into Gordon Bays.  We managed to find cycle friendly routes out of the city with the help of Cape Town’s Bicycle Maps. The challenge was to find accommodation about 130km apart so that most cyclists could do the whole route in a day with an option of jumping into the support vehicle if need be.  Accommodation varied from farm stays, quaint guesthouses and luxury lodges and in some cases occupying every single little B&B in town.

In between all the cycle tour training and registration for the Argus, we also made time to Hike up Table Mountain, cycle to Cape Point  participate on a bicycle township tour and find ourselves in the midst of a naked bike ride in Cape Town City.

(Read more about it on http://futurecapetown.com/2013/03/naked-ambition/)

This year AWOL  Tours, organised and hosted 48 international riders from the  UK, United States and Canada who toured the countryside for 10 days prior to the event. Everyone brings their own specialized road bikes for the tour and we organise everything else – Accommodation, meals, specialized cycling tour guides and support vehicles with trailers customized to carry road bikes.

Glyn, a South African who now owns a bicycle shop in Toronto, brings family and friends to South Africa on a regular basis to ride the Argus. As he knows the countryside well, we had many phone calls to tweak the routes and arrange the logistics.

For CTC touring group the request was a little different, but the outcome the same – too pedal as much as possible and see the best of the countryside.

For each tour group we designed an itinerary departing from Cape Town through the Winelands into the Overberg and back along the coastline past Betty’s Bay into Gordon Bays.  We managed to find cycle friendly routes out of the city with the help of Cape Town’s Bicycle Maps. The challenge was to find accommodation about 130km apart so that most cyclists could do the whole route in a day with an option of jumping into the support vehicle if need be.  Accommodation varied from farm stays, quaint guesthouses and luxury lodges and in some cases occupying every single little B&B in town.

In between all the cycle tour training and registration for the Argus, we also made time to Hike up Table Mountain, cycle to Cape Point  participate on a bicycle township tour and find ourselves in the midst of a naked bike ride in Cape Town City.

(Read more about it on http://futurecapetown.com/2013/03/naked-ambition/)

 

 

This year AWOL  Tours, organised and hosted 48 international riders from the  UK, United States and Canada who toured the countryside for 10 days prior to the event. Everyone brings their own specialized road bikes for the tour and we organise everything else – Accommodation, meals, specialized cycling tour guides and support vehicles with trailers customized to carry road bikes.

Glyn, a South African who now owns a bicycle shop in Toronto, brings family and friends to South Africa on a regular basis to ride the Argus. As he knows the countryside well, we had many phone calls to tweak the routes and arrange the logistics.

For CTC touring group the request was a little different, but the outcome the same – too pedal as much as possible and see the best of the countryside.

For each tour group we designed an itinerary departing from Cape Town through the Winelands into the Overberg and back along the coastline past Betty’s Bay into Gordon Bays.  We managed to find cycle friendly routes out of the city with the help of Cape Town’s Bicycle Maps. The challenge was to find accommodation about 130km apart so that most cyclists could do the whole route in a day with an option of jumping into the support vehicle if need be.  Accommodation varied from farm stays, quaint guesthouses and luxury lodges and in some cases occupying every single little B&B in town.

In between all the cycle tour training and registration for the Argus, we also made time to Hike up Table Mountain, cycle to Cape Point  participate on a bicycle township tour and find ourselves in the midst of a naked bike ride in Cape Town City.

(Read more about it on http://futurecapetown.com/2013/03/naked-ambition/)