The Pick and Pay Argus cycle tour

Commonly known as “The Argus” the Pick and Pay Argus Cycle Tour which is traditionally cycled on the 2nd Sunday in March is one of he greatest sporting events in Cape Town and one of the greatest times to be in Cape Town. With over 35,000 entries each year it is no surprise that many roads are closed and many of the streets resemble street parties with well wishers and supporters turning out on their thousands to support the cyclists as they pass by.


Well wishers line the route

Since 1978 when the first Argus was organised, the race has grown in proportion to become the largest individually timed race in the world and an essential feature to many peoples year. Entrants are seeded and set off in groups with the first groups leaving early in the morning and the last after 10 so it is not surprising that the winners are crossing the line before some have even started. However for most people racing is not important. The fun and atmosphere of the day is what makes it special.

Chapmans Peak

Cyclsists on Chapmans Peak drive

The route takes cyclists from the cbd down the M3 towards Muizenberg. Then along Main road through Fishoek, Simons Town and on to the entrance of the Cape Point reserve. Then passing the reserve through Scarborough and past Kommetjie, over Chapmans Peak through Hout Bay and finally over Suikerbossie and along the Atlantic seaboard to Greenpoint. Covering a distance of 110km, the scenary is spectacular enough to take your mind from those aching legs.

The sheer number of cyclists is mind boggling but creates the most wonderful atmosphere