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  1. The 2022 Cape Town Cycle Tour returns to its customary calendar place on Sunday, 13 March, and both 2021 champions will be in attendance, looking for more glory. Covid 19 restrictions forced the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust to postpone the 2021 event to October – ironically, the inaugural event was also an October affair, […] View full article
  2. So what do you all think the chances are of Zwift doing a CTCT route or something along those lines? Chappies, Suikerbossie, Ou Kaapse Weg, things like that? Question is purely because its New York, Stuttgart, London, Harrogate and Watopia...would be nice to see something in the Southern Hemisphere, closer to home!
  3. OK, so, not bragging (much), but I did my targeted sub 3 in the 2020 Cape town cycle race (2:57:12) I am writing this to encourage people who have the ambition to go sub 3 but are not sure if its doable. I am 46 and not particularly athletic. I did my first Argus two years ago after pottering around on a mountain bike for a few years. So I dont exactly want to say that if I can do it anyone can... but I am certainly not a "naturally talented" cyclist. My tips would be: Order a perfect day, like 2018 or 2020 - if its like 2019 the tips below will NOT hack it in getting a sub 3. Get a good seeding ... this year 79% of 1A got sub 3, 59% of 1C, 25% for 1E, 18% for 1H, 10% for 1J, 4% for 2A... So your odds of getting a sub 3 goes down as the capabilities of your fellow riders get lower - I was in group 1G (was 2H last year) so in the "tough but doable" zone You do NOT have to be at 4W/Kg to do sub 3...I am 84 kg, FTP before race of 270*, so 3.2 Watt/kg - For me, without my indoor trainer (Wahoo Kickr) and a structured training program (I use Trainerroad) there is no way I would have been able to put in the time (6-7 hrs a week for the last year) to get fit enough - it also helps with motivation somehow. To improve road skills I did a few Cycle Lab (Fourways, B1,2 groups) and ICG morning rides plus I did the 94.7 which perhaps also helped with seeding (who knows?). You need to be fit enough to do ~4W/kg (or perhaps a bit less) in the 4 decisive climbs. But luckily they are not that long, and any good structured program will take care of that with some hill climbs or VO2 max sessions. See below my splits for key climbs... Gradient Time Distance Speed Power Power/kg Cadence HR Average 0% 2:57:12 108.9 36.9 184 2.2 95 167 - Edinburgh drive (steepest part) 7% 0:02:38 0.75 17.1 300 3.6 98 185 - Smitswinkel 5% 0:03:41 1.25 20.4 309 3.7 102 179 - Chapmans peak (excl little Chappies) 6% 0:04:59 1.49 17.9 278 3.3 104 184 - Suikerbossie 6% 0:06:47 1.84 16.3 266 3.2 99 185 Net power 2.27 IF 0.84 Become a wheel sucker - this made a HUGE difference on the day. Except for the 4 climbs, and a few turns at the front, the rest wasn't that painful, tucked in 30 cm behind the biggest oke I could find. Finding a good (i.e big) guy or tandem to draft behind is especially important after the big climbs and worth expending the energy on. A shoutout to "Dennis" from 1H, you rock... Train your cadence - spinning faster will leave you with fresh(ish) legs for the last two climbs and help you catch passing wheels Get nutrition right - everyone is different, but I had 2 bottles of cadence carbo fuel, 2 bananas and 2 hydro gels with caffeine (used before the last 2 climbs)- I also had an extra bottle of carbo fuel that I drank while waiting to start and I ate normally the day before... no carbo loading Have a good bike - I have a 2015 Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Corima 30mm profile rims - not the newest, but light and has good handling Thanks again to Verandapanda, tyboy0406, Long Wheel Base, Skubarra, Milky4130, Jewbacca for the tips they had in my previous post, it was very useful * Tested on my Wahoo Kickr using Trainerroad ramp test, confirmed by my power meter. Test was done in Jo-burg, where I live, so given 1700m altitude my effective FTP may be a bit more at the coast Addendum- managed to download the power file to xls and create a chart - surprising how much time is spent in "recovery" (green) being pulled along at 40km/hr - presumably by Pure Savage Addendum 2 - Figured out how to convert average power to normalized power -normalized power estimates the effective "steady" power of a segment i.e. if your power was 100% steady for a segment then Average power=Normalized power, but if there was lots of acceleration changes/sprints then Normalized power >> Average Power, reflecting that would require a higher effective power/fitness This changes 2 things from the non-normalized graph, 1) "easy" segments are slightly less easy due to acceleration changes 2) The first 25 minutes are now all hard - acceleration changes means even the flat bit between Hospital Hill and the bottom of Edinburgh drive is hard. Climbs did not change as its power on climbs are steady so no difference between Normalized and Average power.
  4. Hi all. Were can I find info on training, entry dates, the route etc on the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
  5. With a budget of R30 000 and 'hopefully' a good seeding for CTCT, any recommendations of what road bike I should buy? New or Used? Been riding a Raleigh RC-1800 for past 8yrs. Bike Fit assessment says frame size 56/58. Is there like a Toyota Fortuner of road cycling that everyone buys … reliable, plenty of spare parts and very sharp. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Not just brands but specific type of bikes I should look out for.
  6. Hi Hubbers David and I have been riding together for 5 years and are looking forward to our 4th CTCT on the 11th March. This year we are riding in support of RAISING HOPE SA www.raisinghopesa.com Raising Hope SA is an organisation established with the aims of promoting social inclusion and supporting families and individuals impacted by disability. We are challenging cyclists to pledge R100 (or more )if we can go sub 4hrs at the event this year. You can make your pledge here or to mary@raisinghopesa.com. Team Turbo is a major fundraising platform for the charity and everybit helps. Please feel free to spread the word and help us reach our target. Our Givengain fundraising page is www.givengain.com/cause/7528/ Youtube video https://tinyurl.com/y7rd8u7r To all those riding CTCT, have fun, be safe and give us some support out on the road. Thanks David and Brett
  7. Giant Durbanville is proud to announce the return of Leon Jansen and Ruan Visagie to our team. They were part of the successful team who designed and opened the store 2 years ago and have more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Ownership changed from 1 Feb 2017 and the store will be owner managed. Please contact Leon at our store for any current issues as well as pending questions or quotes on 021 9751349. We would like to thank our loyal clients for their support and look forward to an exciting future. In celebration of this and the upcoming Cycle Tour we will have a massive sale on Wed, March 8th. We will be open from 8am - 8pm on the day. Some of the deals on offer... Giant SLR 0 Carbon wheelset and Tyre Tubeless tyre combo Was: R 26,760 Now: R 18,995 Sidi Drako Carbon MTB shoes Was: R 5,400 Now: R 3,595 All Fizik saddles, save up to R1500 Please note prices are valid while stocks last.
  8. Event Name: 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour - Argus When: 12 March 2017 Where: Cape Town, Western Cape Category: Road The Cape Town Cycle Tour is turning 40 on Sunday, 12 March 2017 and we are so excited to commemorate this massive milestone of SA’s most iconic cycling event. Grown from humble beginnings in 1978 when just 525 riders took part, 2017’s 40th event will see 35 000 cyclists line up in Hertzog Boulevard to tackle the spectacular 109-kilometre loop of the Cape’s peninsula. In so doing, they will not only participate in the world’s largest timed cycling event, but be part of a special day in the history of the event. The 40th Cape Town Cycle Tour is the fourth and final event in the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust’s annual Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week – a week-long celebration of cycling, healthy lifestyles and outdoor sporting fun in one of the world’s most scenic destinations. Other Lifecycle Week events take place on the following dates: • Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior 5 March 2017 • Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge 4 and 5 March 2017 • Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo 9, 10 and 11 March 2017 Keep up to date with developments of the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the other Lifecycle Week events by liking our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cycletour or by following us on Twitter at @CTCycleTour and Instagram at @ctcycletour. For any event queries, please contact the Cycle Tour Events Office during office hours on 087 820 7223 or visit www.capetowncycletour.com. Go to Event Page
  9. We are launching our famous CTCT Sale for 2017. We're going all out to bring you unbeatable prices. Keep your eyes on this thread... we will keep loading more and more as they come in. All sale items and prices are "While Stocks Last". CWC reserves the right to end this promotion at any time. Enough with the fine print... SALE!
  10. Definitely the place to be at the EXPO! Take a look at some unbeatable deals going down at this years CWC Expo Stand.
  11. The 35 000 cyclists registered for the 40th edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour are being challenged to make every kilometre count and raise funds for charity. Click here to view the article
  12. Subs! Are you ready? For those cyclists who missed the original entry cut-off in September 2016, the official substitution process for the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour opens today, 1 February 2017, at 1pm and closes on 24 February, at 1pm. Click here to view the article
  13. Missed out on securing an entry for the 40th edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour? You’re in luck - a limited number of unclaimed entries will be made available on Friday, 9 September at 9am. Click here to view the article
  14. The Cape Town Cycle Tour is turning 40 in 2017! We are excited to commemorate this massive milestone in the history of SA’s most iconic cycling event and you can be a part of it. Click here to view the article
  15. This is a hypothetical question: Yesterday, while I was out for a good little ride, it dawned on me something I had read somewhere - Pro cyclists are capable of massive average speeds due to the fact that the peleton helps them retain their energy - getting dragged along on someone's wheel etc. (Thats not to say that those guys who break away are not demons in their own right, to top the high average speeds of the peleton!) Let say Chris Froome did the CTCT - COMPLETELY alone - no team, no domestique, no other riders around him - what might be his average speed (Lets assume that it was a perfect day too)? The reason I ask this is because I can only relate to the CTCT wrt average speeds. My best time for the Argus was 2:45 - Ave of 39KM/H. Any hypothetical answers?
  16. Why fly when you can ride? This year we are riding the Cape Town Cycle Tour again in support of the Sunflower Fund. ...but.... with a BIG difference. We are riding from Johannesburg to Cape Town. 1412km in just eight days on a tandem bicycle. And then we ride the Cycle Tour, another 110km. We will be doing this with 8 other cyclists on the Sunflower Fund Tour of Light. We leave Joburg on Friday 26 February and arrive in Cape Town on Friday 4 March. Read more about our trip details here. Read more about the Sunflower Fund here. We would love your help please! First prize is that you register as a Stem Cell Donor with the Sunflower Fund. By doing so you make a commitment to donate your Stem Cells to someone who desparately needs them. You can save their life! It is free and does not hurt! Details on registering are here. Please let us know if you register as a donor. Alternately, you donate us some (lots) of money in support of our ride. All the money donated goes to the Sunflower Fund which is then used to create further awareness for the need for Stem Cell donors and to pay the costs of tissue typing the registered donors so that they can be matched to needy recipients. The actual costs of our trip will be paid for by ourselves, so all donations go to the Fund. We have a website with more details of the trip. We are also on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us for daily updates from the road. And just in case anyone asks, we are not riding back! Thank you so much for your support. Be Brave. Be Kind. Ida and Dave
  17. So due to a certain series of events I'll be doing Argus this year on my MTB not my road bike. So a couple of questions... 1. How badly will my tyres get eaten? Racing Ralph Snakeskins. 2. What sort of tyre pressure should I run at? 3. What should be my earliest start group given that I'm on an MTB? (This is obviously as a courtesy to the hardcore roadies...) Edit: Anything else I should be wary of?
  18. The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust is aware of the situation regarding the fires that have raged in and around Stellenbosch over the past week and which have affected farms in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, through which the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge traditionally passes. Click here to view the article
  19. Hi. Need some friendly advice. Obviously the title is a bit DUH! but there is method to my madness. I need to buy a bicycle asap so that I can start training for CTCT (yes I know its late but I do a lot of other riding) I have done it a few times in the past on a 26" MTB and completed it relatively easily at the 6 hour mark or so. I have since sold that bike so need to find something new and better. I am doing the race with friends and family who are probably less fit than I am but they will be on road bikes. My goal is to beat my own time and that's about it. Hopefully keep up with those I am riding with. I could get a road bike but besides for the CTCT I am not really interested in road races. Kind of feel it would be a waste having the bike sitting in the garage for 10 months of a year. I feel I could get a lot more use out of a 29er hardtail MTB. I guess the million $ question is how much slower is a 29er hardtail MTB with slicks compared to a road bike? I had a Silverback Sola 29er for a few months earlier in the year and I was MUCH faster on it than my old 26er. Another option is to attempt it on my Giant Reign (160mm enduro bike) but I think I will probably die doing 100+ km on that. Thanks
  20. http://www.sunflowerfund.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/The-Sunflower-Fund-Logo.png The Sunflower Fund has a number of Charity Entries available for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016. We would like you to join us. The cost of the entry is R1780. Of this R1000 goes to the Sunflower Fund, the balance of R780 goes to buy the Charity Entry. Your will also need to purchase a Sunflower Fund cycle shirt. You can do that here. You are welcome to buy a cycle shirt even if you are not joining us. So what do you get for your money? A guaranteed entry to the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016A ride for a very good cause (see below) with some great people.The opportunity to do something extremely good in the world So what does The Sunflower Fund do? The Sunflower Fund raises awareness of the need for Bone Marrow Donors with the aim to recruit new donors to the SA Bone Marrow Registry. The Registry current has just over 71 000 registered donors. Bone marrow is used in the treatment of Leukemia and a whole host of other serious blood and other diseases. Due to the 1:100 000 chance of finding a compatible donor, at least 100 000 donors are needed for a Registry to function effectively and in South Africa, the Registry should ideally have 400 000 donors representative of all ethnic groups. Ethnic groups do play a large part in establishing the perfect match so Donors from all backgrounds are very welcome. Some facts about becoming a Registered Donor: It is free!It does not hurt to get tested for your your tissue type match.It does not hurt to actually make a donation if you are a match for a patient (it is just like donating blood). The old process of drilling bones was sent to the history books long ago.While becoming a donor is free, it costs The Sunflower Fund R2000 to do the tissue typing on each new donor so we would welcome any contribution towards this. Your entry fee goes half way towards this. If you are interested, please email our ride coordinator Cecilia Hiemstra on Cecilia.Hiemstra@sasfin.com or PM myself.
  21. In 2014, the Pedal Power Association, a public benefit organisation committed to promote cycling and the interests of cyclists, joined forces with Free State Cycling to host a Cape Town Cycle Tour seeding event in Bloemfontein after the cancellation of the OFM Classic. Click here to view the article
  22. Nolan Hoffman (Team Abantu) defended his Cape Town Cycle Tour title in superb fashion on Sunday, 08 March, as he raced over the finish line in a sensational time of 01:01:49 in this year’s 47km ‘Show You Care Solidarity Ride.’ Click here to view the article
  23. My wife and I would like to do a ride on Saturday in Cape Town area. We don't know the place at all and are looking for recommendations either for a route we can do on our own or join an existing group ride. We will be on a tandem and average about 24-6km/h. Looking to do a relaxed 60-80km ride in some of the Cape's beautiful scenery. Happy to drive out to Stellenbosch etc. Criteria: safe roads, not too many climbs, beautiful scenery, places to stop for coffee etc. What you got CT?
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