2021 TOUR DU CAP LAUNCHED

Road cycling stage racing finally returns to the beautiful cycling roads of the Boland this year in the form of the 4-Day Tour du Cap Stage Race from 2-5 December 2021 in Paarl, encompassing a total distance of 428km and 5090m vertical ascent.

The four-day road cycling tour is based in Paarl and limited to 450 riders, split into designated CSA entry categories and it also caters for riders in the open/seeded category. It makes provision for all CSA age group racing category cyclists up to 50+ Veteran Men, as well elite women and amateur riders who have a normal CSA affiliation.

The tour comprises of an undulating first stage over 116km, a 26km individual time trial second stage, followed by two challenging mountain stages over 159km and 127km respectively. 

Stage 3 includes Helshoogte and finishes on Du Toits Kloof Pass while the final stage summits Bothmanskloof Pass on the outskirts of Riebeeck Kasteel before finishing at the Taal Monument in Paarl.

All the stages start and finish in Paarl and surrounds.

The event is presented by De Villiers National Cycling with seasoned race director Wynand de Villiers at the helm. De Villiers has pioneered and managed a variety of road cycling events over the past 19 years, including the Jock Tour, Emperors Palace Classic, Satellite Classic, Berge en Dale Classic and, of course, the Tour of Good Hope.

“Needless to say it’s been a really frustrating time and the Western Cape hasn’t had a road tour for more than two years now due to Covid-19. We are really delighted that we’re able to give our road stage racers something to look forward to this side of the New Year,” said De Villiers.

“Emulating the finest European cycling traditions, the Tour is set for a scintillating grand finale with riders having to summit the Paarl Mountain to finish at the Taal Monument on the final day. It’s such a stunning finish and the final general classification in all the categories will likely be in the balance up until the final day.”

De Villiers moved to Paarl from Joburg nine years ago and says motorists are generally diligent, law abiding and patient in the Boland. 

“There is a different tempo in the Boland and yet it is centrally located close to Cape Town. The Boland is such a beautiful place to ride your bike and the roads lend them to road cycling. Traffic is generally calm and road users are a lot more forgiving and patient than in most other parts of the country.

“There is no better geographical area for road cycling in South Africa. We have an abundance of mountain passes and our road surfaces are excellent.”

The Tour du Cap is based in Paarl and, according to De Villiers, the beautiful Boland town is the perfect location for a true European styled road stage race. “Du Toit’s Kloof Pass, Bains Kloof Pass, Franschhoek Pass and Helshoogte are all within a 25km radius from Paarl, so we really are spoilt for choice.”

Entries are now open for the Tour at a 20% early bird discount until Friday 17 September. The normal entry fee is R3750 and early birds will pay R3000. All entrants receive a racing jacket.

For all the tour information, including detailed route maps, competitions, batches and start times, click to entry page at www.cycleevents.co.za

Picture caption: Road cycling stage racing returns to the beautiful cycling roads of the Boland this year in the form of the 4-Day Tour du Cap Stage Race from 2-5 December 2021 in Paarl. Picture supplied.

RELEASED BY DE VILLIERS NATIONAL CYCLING, ON BEHALF OF THE TOUR DU CAP 4-STAGE ROAD CYCLING RACE.

For further info email devillierscycling@mweb.co.za or phone 083 269 7659