17 places to watch the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Winona Griggs

17 Spots to Catch the Cape Town Cycle Tour

The Cape Town Cycle Tour is happening on Sunday, March 12, 2017. If you won’t be hopping on a bike, don’t worry—I’ve got you covered with the best spots to watch the action.

17 places to watch the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Every year, there’s a special day in Cape Town where the streets are taken over by cyclists. It’s an incredible event that people from all over the world come to experience.

Where to catch all the action this year

1. Hertzog Boulevard and Adderley Street

Hertzog Boulevard is where the race starts, and it’s a fantastic spot to see all the cyclists gathering and getting ready to ride. If you’re driving, there are plenty of side streets to park on, and you can easily walk to the start area. You can also take the MyCiTi Bus if you prefer.

2. Newlands Forest

When the cyclists reach Newlands Forest, they’re still full of energy and racing at top speed. This area is on the east side of the M3, in the Southern Suburbs. There’s also a pedestrian subway at the Parks and Forest area for easy access.

3. Paradise Road

Hey there! I’m excited to share some awesome spots where you can catch all the action of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Let’s dive in!

If you’re looking for a great viewpoint, head over to Paradise Road (near Paradise Motors) in Claremont. It’s super easy to get there from Main Road. From this spot, you’ll be able to watch the cyclists zoom down the highway before they make their way uphill onto Edinburgh Drive.

4. Edinburgh Drive (up to the top of Wynberg Hill)

Get ready to cheer on the cyclists as they conquer the first challenging hill of the route at Edinburgh Drive. It’s known for its steep gradient, making it a real test for the riders. Plus, it’s the perfect place to spot your friends and family as they give it their all in the race.

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5. The bridges along the Blue Route

Another awesome spot to catch the action is along the Blue Route, specifically the bridges along the M3 past Bergvliet and Constantia. Crowds really love this location because you can watch the big bunches of cyclists speed by below you. It’s a thrilling sight!

6. Steenberg Main Road

From the vantage point along Steenberg Estate Main Road, you can see the cyclists as they come off the highway and start their journey towards the False Bay coastline. Keep in mind that all on-ramps between Trovato Link and Steenberg Road will be closed from 6am to 12:15pm.

7. Kalk Bay and St. James

The locals of Muizenburg and Kalk Bay will be lining the roads in their neighborhoods, making it a great spot to have breakfast and watch the cyclists ride by. Some of them will be racing, while others may start feeling the effects of their inadequate training by now.

8. Fish Hoek

The Fish Hoek traffic circle and Main Road are always filled with enthusiastic supporters. Due to road closures, it might be easier to access the traffic circle by walking.

9. Glencairn Beach

If you’re looking for a great spot to soak up the sun and watch the race, head to the small and charming beach between Muizenberg and Simon’s Town. You can also catch the action from Dixie’s Restaurant and Bar. Just keep in mind that this area is only accessible by foot due to road closures. If you need to reach Dixies, you can give them a call at Tel 0217862105.

Now, let’s move on to the next destination on the race route – Simon’s Town to Smitswinkel Bay. Simon’s Town is a popular spot for spectators, and you’ll find plenty of pubs and restaurants along the Main Road where you can enjoy the race. Make sure to check out Jubilee Square, where you’ll find a statue of Able Seaman, the only dog to be enlisted in the navy. From there, the cyclists will make their way past Miller’s Point and up to Smitswinkel Bay. However, if you want to catch them tackling one of the tougher climbs of the route, you’ll need to get there bright and early before the roads close.

Next up is Scarborough.

I’m excited to tell you all about some fantastic places where you can watch the race and grab a bite to eat! Let’s start with the lovely seaside village of Scarborough. It has a bunch of awesome restaurants and pubs that offer great views of the race. You can easily walk to the area or enjoy the race at one of the cozy establishments nearby.

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Next up is Noordhoek, which is located at the corner of Main Road and Village Lane. This area also has some wonderful restaurants and pubs. Just like in Scarborough, you can either walk to the area or relax at one of the establishments while catching all the racing action. Noordhoek Farm Village is a popular spot for spectators too!

After that, we have Hout Bay. Once the racers conquer the challenging Chapman’s Peak Drive, they pass through Hout Bay. If you live in Hout Bay, you have the advantage of taking a leisurely stroll down to Main Road (M65) or grabbing an early seat at one of the many restaurants along the route. It’s a perfect opportunity to have a delicious meal while cheering on the racers!

Lastly, we have Suikerbossie and Llandudno. These areas offer stunning views and an incredible atmosphere. You can enjoy the race while relaxing at one of the restaurants or pubs in the vicinity. It’s an ideal spot to witness the excitement of the race while treating yourself to some tasty food.

These places are amazing options to enjoy the race and satisfy your appetite. So, gather your friends, find a cozy spot, and get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Before cyclists face the daunting and toughest part of the race, the Suikerbossie, they need a mental boost. At this stage, they are exhausted but still have to conquer the dreaded hill known as Victoria Road. Fortunately, this is where the spectators come in, providing the much-needed encouragement for this incredibly challenging section of the race.

15. Camps Bay

Camps Bay is considered the coolest spot to catch a glimpse of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. It offers a fancy beachfront, as well as restaurants and bars where you can unwind, sit back, and enjoy watching the cyclists go by.

16. Sea Point and the Promenade

When I approach the sharp turn from Victoria Road into Queens, I can’t help but feel a sense of unease. This particular spot has seen its fair share of catastrophic crashes, and it’s no wonder why. The road takes a sudden curve, catching many cyclists off guard, and leading to potential disaster. But there’s more to this location than meets the eye.

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As I cycle past the turn, I notice a pedestrian bridge overhead. It’s a convenient way for spectators to cross the road and provides a bird’s eye view of the race. From up there, you can witness the speed and agility of the cyclists, their bodies moving in harmony with their bikes. It’s truly a sight to behold.

By the time I reach this point, the sun is starting to set, casting a warm glow over the landscape. It’s the perfect time for sundowners and a late afternoon lunch. Luckily, Sea Point’s Beach Road is lined with restaurants, offering a wide range of options for both cyclists and spectators.

If I’m in the mood for something more laid-back, I can make my way to the Sea Point Promenade. Here, I can relax and enjoy the refreshing breeze while watching the cyclists dash towards the finish line. It’s the epitome of Olympic-style high drama and emotion, a thrilling display of strength and determination.

These final moments of the race are truly special. They’re filled with a mix of exhaustion and exhilaration, as the cyclists give it their all in one final sprint. The energy is palpable, and you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement.

The finish line in Green Point marks the end of an incredible journey. It’s where dreams are realized, and all the hard work and sacrifices pay off. As I witness the cyclists cross that finish line, I’m reminded of the power of the human spirit and the endless possibilities that lie within each of us.

17. Green Point and the finish

Get ready for an exhilarating ending as we approach the final stretch of the race on Green Point Main Road. The power and excitement will be palpable as the cyclists speed towards the finish line. Don’t miss the chance to witness this thrilling moment and immerse yourself in the atmosphere. Along the main road, you’ll find various spots where you can catch a glimpse of the cyclists and fully enjoy the occasion. Afterward, take a leisurely stroll to Somerset Road, where a variety of shops and bars await. If you’re up for a slightly longer walk, it’s about a 15-minute journey to the vibrant V&A Waterfront.

If you need directions to the starting point or want to explore the complete Cape Town Cycle Tour route, click here for detailed maps.

Stay tuned for updates on road closures leading up to the Cape Town Cycle Tour. We’ll provide more information as the event draws closer.

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