This weekend is circled in the calendars of 35 000 cyclists
This weekend is circled in the calendars of at least 35 000 cyclists who will be descending on the Mother City to put rubber to the road in the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour. As the largest timed cycle race in the world, the city will be flooded with peddling enthusiasts ready to take on the iconic 109km route. And even if you’re not pitting your pedal power against the dreaded Suikerbossie, there are plenty of things to do around the Mother City. Take in an outdoor movie or a slow jog along the scenic Sea Point Promenade or catch a sunset concert in the spectacular Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
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Sporty Weekend HIGHLIGHTS
Whether you’re in Cape Town for an ordinary weekday or an extraordinary weekend, here’s a selection of our top experiences to suit all tastes and budgets. You can book directly, or get in touch with us to make it even easier.
Cape Town Cycle Tour
SUN 06 MAR
The annual Cape Town Cycle Tour, is one of the biggest and most popular sports events in the Mother City. In 2015, the race route was changed and shortened due to devastating wild fires, but this year everything is on track for the incomparable 109km route through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, including the iconic Table Mountain as a backdrop and Chapman’s Peak Drive. Entries to the race have already closed, but you can still be a part of the action from the side lines as you cheer on the riders along the route.
Early Morning Run
ALL YEAR ROUND
The Sea Point Promenade ambulates along the varied Atlantic beach front all the way from the V&A Waterfront to Camps Bay. The scenic paved walkway, which has recently been upgraded, is popular with visitors and locals alike for dog-walking, jogging, cycling, skateboarding and more. Set your alarm clock for an early morning run from the Green Point Light House, with the rising sun at your back and a view of the ocean, to Bantry Bay and back or stop for breakfast along the way at one the many little cafes and restaurants that populate the strip before ubering back home.
ALL YEAR ROUND
Yeah, Tim Noakes would disagree, but what better excuse for carbs than to fuel yourself for the big race day? Cape Town has plenty of carb-friendly restaurants to choose from, just book early, because business is good this time of the year! We recommend you head over to one of the many top-notch Italian restaurants for a plate of delicious pasta. You are spoilt for choice between the icon Magica Roma in Pinelands, the delightful, family-friendly Italian Kitchen, Kloof Street Stalwart Bacini’s and the authentic Bardelli’s in Kenilworth to name but a few.
Recover with a burger & beer
ALL YEAR ROUND
You’ve sweated it out on the route; you burnt the last calorie and you’ve crossed the finish line. Now it is time to replenish with a saucy burger and a couple of cold ones. Hudson’s, one of the best burger joints in town, is conveniently located across from the Green Point Stadium near the finish line of the Cycle Tour. Start with some bacon-wrapped chilli popper and then tuck into one their succulent burgers such as The BOOM BOOM burger topped with tomato relish, biltong dust, chilli cream cheese and battered jalapeno rings. Wash it all down with one of their selections of craft beers or milkshake.
Galileo Open Air Theatre
FRI 04 MAR
Whether you are resting up for the race on Sunday or just needing a chilled-out evening to kick-off the weekend, the Galileo brings you a novel experience. This roaming cinema pops up in various venues in and around the city. On the first Friday of evening month join them at trendy The Palms in Woodstock. Unlike some of the other outdoor venues, this cosy indoor venue with a “green floor” of artificial grass and a ceiling of fairy lights, is weather proof. Doors open at 18:00 so arrive early to mingle with your friends and to grab some grub from the local food vendors before finding a spot to lie back and watch the flick.
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts
SUN 06 MAR
Few open-air concerts boast a more spectacular setting than the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts, which take place against the backdrop of Western Cape’s rich flora in the century-old Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The concert series, which kicks-off on 22 November and runs through to 3 April 2016, features top local and international acts who take to the stage at sunset to wrap-up the weekend with some tunes. On 6 March you can groove to the beats of local indie band Shortstraw and the psych pop sensation, The Plastics. We recommend you stock your picnic basket with sundowners and snacks, arrive early to secure a nice spot on the lawn and camp out with friends and family for a great evening of entertainment. Tickets cost R110 for adults; youth (between the ages of 6-21 with ID) pay R80 and children under the age of 6 enter for free.