Special Metrorail trains – Cape Cycle Tour: Sunday 8 March 2015 :

Cape Cycle Tour Special Metrorail Services

The following special trains are authorized to operate on Sunday 8 March for the

Cape Cycle Tour:

Cape Argus Special Trains

 

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE CAPE CYCLE TOUR:

  • The fastest men’s record – set by Robbie Hunter in 2008; who completed the 110-km course in 02:27:29.

  • The fastest women’s record – set by Anke Erlank-Moore in 2007; who completed the 110-km course in 02:48:29.

  • The fastest average speed of 47.48-km/h – set by Wimpie van der Merwe in 1993.

  • Penny Krohn set the record for the highest number of consecutive wins – 25 – within an age group.

  • The oldest man to complete the race within the allotted time (7 hours) was Japie Malan who did the race on a single bicycle in 2010 and on a tandem in 2012. He was 92 years old at the time.

  • Mary Warner is the oldest woman to complete the race within the allotted time (7 hours), in 2006; she was 80 years old at the time.

The Cycle tour started in 1978 to raise awareness about the lack of bike paths in South Africa, the cycle tour, in its inaugural year, was a simple ride-in that drew hundreds of eager riders and the Mayor of Cape Town. While the organisers, Bill Mylrea and John Stegmann, were impressed with the turn-out, there’s no way they could’ve anticipated the event’s explosive popularity in years to come.

The starting line for the 2015 race is in Hertzog Boulevard at the Cape Town Civic Centre, and the route – it’s 109 km – will take riders onto the N2, down the M3 along the False Bay Coast past the entrance to the Cape of Good Hope, along the Atlantic coast, over Suikerbossie Hill and on to the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

While the original route was intended to take cyclists on a 140-km circular stretch, including a leg through Cape Point, the nature reserve declined entry and the route was reduced to between 104-km and 110-km, passing over the scenic Chapman’s Peak.

Additional information from: http://www.capetownmagazine.com/

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