Cape Argus cycle race in South Africa

“Small group (max 14) cycle tour around the Western Cape taking in 60km sections of the Cape Argus route (March) as well as the 109km race itself.”

Highlights

Cape Town | Cape Point Nature Reserve | Cape of Good Hope | Franschhoek wine region | Berrydale, Little Karoo | Langeberge Mountains | the Whale Route | Gordon's Bay | Chapman's Peak |

Description of Cape Argus cycle race in South Africa

Join the thousands of cyclists making their way to South Africa in March for what has become a legendary event in the cycling calendar: the Cape Argus cycle race.

Starting out from Cape Town cyclists get to experience the stunning coastal stretch along the Cape Peninsula over a circular 109km course where seaside communities and sheltered bays appear along the way to the Cape Point Nature Reserve whereupon the designated route heads back to Cape Town.

Before the main event we invite small groups of cycling enthusiast to envelope themselves within all things Western Cape with sections of the Cape Argus route, around the Cape Peninsula and the Franschhoek wine region, enabling a taste of whatís to come but a much more leisurely pace than race day.

Average cycling distances are around 60kms per day, to help break you in gently, with opportunities to watch whales along the Hermanus coast and cycle the scenic back roads around Little Karoo, adding to a relaxed ambience prior to the excitement of the big day, the penultimate of this ten day itinerary.

Please note: the Cape Argus cycle race needs to be completed within seven hours to be officially accredited, although speedy cyclists will finish closer to just three hours.

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Responsible tourism: Cape Argus cycle race in South Africa

Environment

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints (or tyre tracks!) although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and use markets to purchase traditional handicrafts. The entrance fee to the Cape Argus race for each client is collected by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, whose main beneficiaries are the Pedal Power Association and the Rotary club of Claremont. These organisations plough funds back into numerous initiatives, including school projects, children's homes, skills development programs and cycling development projects.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Lack of recycling is already a massive problem in Africa so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. We carry a very large container of treated water in our support vehicle to facilitate this.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation & Meals:
You will spend 8 days in standard hotels and guest houses. We predominantly use small businesses for accommodation in order to keep investment local and benefit the communities we visit directly. All the privately owned guesthouses and entrance fees paid on the trip also have a levy attached for contribution to local community and environmental initiatives. Almost all meals are provided and your local tour leader will endeavour to source fresh produce wherever possible. Meals might include fresh fruit, cold meats and regional cheese, potjies (stew) or braais (barbecue) etc. We also stop at a number of small cafe's en-route for locally produced food and drinks, outside Barrydale and Hermanus for example.

Local Crafts and Culture:
We stop at a number of markets along the route of this trip, where clients have a chance to buy locally made products directly from the vendors. These are found on the Cape Peninsular. Guides will be able to advise which products to avoid and which to purchase e.g. large items made from local hard wood encourage deforestation, so we discourage this. Cycling through winelands and fruit growing areas means there is plenty of opportunity to buy fresh, regional produce from small stalls, vineyards and shops along our route. This is a good chance to support communities in the area.

A Fair Deal:
Our local supplier aims to generate employment and revenue in the region by working closely with local communities. Local people, companies and services are used to operate the tours. They are paid and treated fairly for their valuable insiderís expertise. Supporting sustainable tourism activities in the area creates alternative career paths for local people and also helps to promote protection of the area against environmental harm. We train our staff in sustainability issues and they are expected to communicate this to clients.

Charity:
Our local suppliers support the Save Our Sausage Trees initiative in Botswana, which aims to address the issue of depleting forests in the area. The Mokoro is a boat used by the people of the Okavango Delta and it is crafted traditionally out of a single mature Kigelia Africana tree (or sausage tree). Although increased tourism has had some obvious benefits to the area, this has also brought a higher demand for Mokoro boats and therefore more trees are being cut down. As a wooden Mokoro only lasts about 5 years, there are hundreds of these trees being felled per year and not enough to sustain this. We have consulted with the Okovango community, and we have agreed to pay half the price of a fibreglass Mokoro if a poler wants to purchase the other half, in order to save the trees.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 14 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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