Summer has finally arrived in South Africa, and that means that we have just weeks to go until Cape Town’s bumper sporting season gets underway!
With the Cape Town Cycle Tour taking place on the 6th March, the Cape Epic from the 13th – 20th March, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on 25th and 26th March, and the Cape Town Triathlon from 23rd – 24th April, there is plenty going on for sporty travellers, and if you are looking for the perfect destination for your 2016 holiday, we think you will struggle to find anywhere better than SA!
The ultimate destination for those who love to work hard and play hard, Cape Town really does have it all, and if your idea of the perfect break includes cycling 100km amongst breath-taking vineyards, running 20km along one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, and swimming a mile or two in chilly, but generally shark-free waters, South Africa’s Mother City should be right up there on the top of your bucket list.
The season kicks off with the world’s largest timed cycle race, the Cape Town Cycle Tour (previously the Cape Argus) on Sunday 6th March. A one-day, 109km race around the Western Cape Peninsula, it is suitable for both professional and hobby cyclists, which is perhaps why it attracts almost 40,000 people each year. Well organised and great fun, the CTCT is one of those events that you just want to keep doing year after year.
Next up is the Cape Epic, a serious mountain bike challenge for serious cyclists! An 8-day adventure through the Western Cape were two riders work together to reach the ultimate goal, it covers approximately 800km across some of South Africa’s most awe-inspiring mountain passes. Entries are not easy to come by, but you may still be able to get your hands on a charity entry!
If you prefer your feet to a set of wheels, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon could be the perfect overseas sporting event for you! Simply choose from the 56km Ultra Marathon and the 21km Half Marathon, and join 27,000 others who will be running coast to coast in Cape Town next Easter weekend. Entries still available for international runners.
Finally, if you are a hard-core sports fan or Ironman, the Cape Town Triathlon will put you to the test in 2016! With two different disciplines, the Sprint Distance (500m swim, a 20km bike ride, and a 5km run), and the Olympic Distance (1500m swim, a 40km bike ride, and a 10km run), it is certainly not for the fainthearted, but it’s a spectacular event all the same!