The Cape Town Cycle Tour formerly known as ‘The Argus’ is probably one of the most renowned timed cycling events in the world. Boasting numbers of more than 35000 participants and a course tracing the Cape Town Peninsula and all its famous landmarks makes this event iconic in more ways than one.
As such it comes as no surprise that Garmin is involved with the event as a Technical Training Partner making it a busy week for our brand. The road racing event is the climax of the week but there is also an Expo where the Garmin marketing team man a stand showcasing our products and answering product related questions. They do a fantastic job on their end motivating us even more to do our bit during the week.
As team Garmin MTB our Cycle Tour started a week early as we took part in the Cycle Tour MTB event. With the opening round of the UCI World Cup and the Cape Epic just around the corner, a stellar field with more UCI points than has been available to date in 2018 lined up for the race to test both form and equipment. Consequently it was a fast paced affair with only the fantastic trail network to distract us from the required effort. Melt finished 8th in the men’s race while I just missed the podium in 4th.
I had a day to recuperate before tackling the 5 stage Tour of Good Hope which took place around Paarl. 3 Long stages, a 26km Individual Time Trial and a short sharp stage to conclude proceedings wrapped up a busy week before we lined up for the Cycle Tour road race.
The ladies had their own start at Glencairn which worked out great as we finished first, well before the men’s race giving us an opportunity to showcase ladies racing. With a big field the racing was reasonably positive, but with a lot of ladies wanting a sprint finish, it all came back together for a bunch kick won by Kim Le Court of Mauritius.
The men’s race was a nervous affair with a huge 200-plus rider bunch which included participants with hugely varying abilities and skill. There were a lot of crashes which Melt managed to avoid, safely rolling in just behind the main bunch to conclude our week’s racing. Nolan Hoffman bested the field to take the heralded title for a 3rd time.
Next up for us is the Cape Epic where I will be riding with Gus Klöhn and Melt will team up with Angus Alexander. It’s sure to be tough week, but we can’t wait to get going!