Cape Town and its incredible landscapes make it a perfect spot for the sporty. Push your own limits and participate in these two legendary sporting events in the South-African city. With its abundant sunshine, agreeable year-round temperatures and jaw-dropping scenery, Cape Town is an ideal spot for sporting events. It's easy to see why the Two Oceans Marathon and Cape Town Cycle Tour draw passionate crowds of both locals and tourists.
Challenges in every category
Called 'the world's most beautiful marathon,' the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon got its start in 1970 with a mere 26 runners. Today it's a favoured race among amateur and elite athletes alike. Runners can take part in a 34-mile scenic ultra-marathon or 13-mile half marathon, or play it a little safer with the 5K or 2.5K run. In 1973 the race first took place over Easter weekend, and since then the tradition has stuck. Now this sporting event is just as well known for its scenery and challenging course as it is for its festive holiday atmosphere.
Run through the core of the city
The 2018 ultra-marathon course will be held along the traditional route. This race begins outside South African Breweries on Main Road in Newlands. From there runners head toward Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek. Once at the top of Chapman's Peak, runners will be treated to 180-degree views of the area's stunning scenery. The route twists and curves, giving runners unforgettable glimpses of the sparkling sea below and the mountains towering above.
Hout Bay, typically referred to as the 'heart of the cape', lies between Cape Town and Cape Point. The rural area is now a renowned seaside resort town for residents and tourists; Hout Bay's harbour is one of the most frequently visited attractions in Cape Town. The course winds past Constantia Nek, a low pass among the Table Mountain range, before finishing at the University of Cape Town rugby fields.
Largest in the world
The Cape Town Cycle Tour is the largest individually timed cycling race in the world. Formerly called the Cape Argus Pick 'n' Pay Momentum Cycle Tour, this event often attracts more than 35,000 cyclists with its scenic and challenging 67.7-mile ride. The race was first held in 1977 as a ride-in to help raise awareness of the need for bike paths. Since that first successful run it has grown into one of the premier cycling events of the year.
© Karin Schermbrucker / Cape Town Cycle Tour
Pedalling a scenic route
Cyclists start the event on Hertzog Boulevard at the Cape Town Civic Centre. A climb to the top of Edinburgh Drive tests cyclists' endurance while providing stunning views of the scenery below. Cyclists will also pass through Kalk Bay, a seaside village that feels worlds away from Cape Town, before following the course through Jubilee Square in Simon's Town.
Look out for the statue of Just Nuisance, a Great Dane who became a trusted companion to the Royal Navy's sailors during World War II and was even enlisted himself; the only dog ever to earn this honour. The tour concludes just outside Lion's Head, with breath-taking views of the Atlantic shoreline on one side and Mother City and Table Bay on the other.
Located ten minutes' drive from the start of the Cycle Tour and 20 minutes' from the Two Oceans Marathon line, our Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town is ideally located as both a convenient base for spectators and a relaxing retreat for exhausted participants.
Top image © Nick Muzik / Cape Town Cycle Tour