Cape Town Cycle Tour

Cape Town Cycle Race

The Cape Town Cycle Tour – the jewel of the cycling calendar in Cape Town. People travel from all over the world in order to take part in this majestic race along the ocean and traverse some stunning rugged mountain roads.

The Latest Stats On The Cape Town Cycle Race

  • The first race was on 28th October 1978
  • There have been 43 cycle tour races as of 2021 – in March 2020 it was the last major event to take place before COVID pandemic lockdowns and it was the first large scale event to take place in 2021 after regulations were relaxed.
  • It is the worlds largest individually timed cycle race with roughly 35,000 riders coming from all over the world – 2021 only 18,000 due to strict COVID regulations.
  • Willie Engelbrecht has the most wins with 5, 1988,1989,1990, 1992 and 1994
  • The course is typically 109KM in length, 67 miles, but has fluctuated over the years due to weather constraints and large scale road works on some parts of the course.
Cape Road Race

The cycle race is a road race which takes in some of Cape Towns most scenic views along the False Bay coast, Cape Point road and the infamous Chapmans Peak.


Whilst it can be a pain with multiple road closures which can mean it is difficult to get to the beach or other attractions – most Capetonians have learnt to embrace and celebrate the cycle tour. For example, a few of the shops along Muizenberg main road turn up the music and put out stands with food and drinks for those watching the race – a real community atmosphere.


How Do I Sign Up For the Cape Town Cycle Race / Tour?