Where to watch the Cycle Tour

2014-03-06 17:37
Want to be part of all the Pick n Pay Argus Cycle Tour fun on Sunday? Or maybe you want to escape all the craziness...
Whatever your take on the event, we've got you covered. 

If you're planning on watching friends, family and frenemies take on the tour, slap on some sunscreen, pack a picnic basket and choose one of these spectacular spots to park off in and show your support.  

1. Start  

- Hertzog Boulevard  

If you love being in the thick of things, this is most certainly your spot. Be blown away by the crackling vibe and the site of 35 000 cyclists at one time when you find yourself a little spot close to the civic center on Hertzog Boulevard. The first group leaves at 06:15, so be there early. Just take note that you would not be able to drive there, so either make sure you stay over somewhere in town the night before or park as close as possible and take a stroll.  

- Nelson Mandela Drive  

There are quite a few pedestrian bridges along this highway that will give you a fantastic aerial view of the cyclists.

2. Edinburgh Drive & Blue Route  

- Edinbrugh Drive (up to the top of Wynberg Hill - outbound)  

The steepest gradient of the Cycle Tour will give you the chance to cheer and inspire the cyclists as they struggle up the second climb of the route. If you are keen to spot your boet or your best buddy, then this is undoubtedly the best vantage point. (This is also a great place to set up your skottle and cook your breakfast.)  

3. Muizenberg to Simon's Town  

- End of Boyes Drive  (Kalk Baai)  

The end of Boyes Drive, where the route meets up with the Main Road again, is a high action zone thanks to the awesome descent.  Pop into the legendary Olympia Café for a coffee and croissant.  

- Fish Hoek

The traffic circle and Main Road in the centre of town always attracts many supporters.  

- Glencairn Beach

Pedestrian access to the grassed area (Glen Ridge side) with large lawns opposite the beach. Or make your way to the Glencairn Hotel / Southern Right or Dixies restaurant.  

- Simon's Town Main Road

Access is preferably on foot for local residents. Jubilee Square has been a firm spectator favourite for years and always has a great vibe.

4. Hout Bay  

- Corner of Princess and Main/ Chapman's Peak Drive

There are a few lovely restaurants and cocktail bars from which to cheer on the cyclists as they descend.  

5. Suikerbossie  

It may not be the toughest hill on the route, but most participants dread this climb. They are tired and need all the encouragement you can give. Suikerbossie - all the way from the bottom circle to the top before Llandudno - is a perfect vantage point for locals.  

6. Camp's Bay  

- Beachfront

Join the beautiful people for a few hours and relax at one of Camps Bay's many beachfront restaurants or on the beach. A pedestrian bridge allows you to cross the cycle stream to the beach.  

7. Finish  

- Sea Point Promenade & Finish Line

Make your way to the Promenade to watch the cyclists breaking into their final sprint to the finish or witness all the emotion and high drama, typical of the Cycle Tour finish line.


- Newlands Forest Area

Accessible from the east side of the M3, as well as the pedestrian subway at the "Parks and Forest" area. There is one refreshment station and you will be treated to some fast riding by the still fresh and excited cyclists.  

- Paradise Road  

This point is accessible from Main Road, Claremont and is a good place to view the cyclists as they speed down Paradise Road and start climbing up Edinburgh Drive.  

- Scarborough

Gain access to Main Road on foot or view from pubs and restaurants along the road.  

- Noordhoek Farm Village

Local residents must preferably access this area (Main Road) on foot, or relax at any of the pubs or restaurants on the roadside while you watch the cyclists speed by.  

- Sea Point

Thrills, spills and crashes are aplenty at the sharp left turn from Victoria Road into Queens Road! A pedestrian bridge allows you to cross the road here.

A few rules to remember:

• Don't litter  

• If any baboons cross your path, ignore them. Don't feed them and keep food out of sight.

• Don't throw cigarette butts anywhere as the Cape's hot, dry weather provides the perfect conditions for fires.

• Unless you are camping on your front lawn you may not make fires along the route (this includes open and gas fires).  

• Do not remove or break rocks, pick plants or feed any animals.

• When you drive out to support the cyclists along the route, be careful where you park your car, as not to cause any damage to the fynbos.

• Also bear in mind that despite all the road closures, the traffic laws still apply. Don't risk parking illegally - you're likely to find a pink letter stuck to your car window.

Then, finally, if you're planning on heading out of town on Sunday, take note of the following road closures:

Saturday, 8 March

Foreshore, Cape Town CBD

- Hertzog Boulevard, outbound carriageway between Heerengracht and Christiaan Barnard, 15:00 - 11:30 on Sunday

Green Point

- Helen Suzman Boulevard, Beach Road to Traffic Circle (city-bound carriageway), 12:00 - 21:00 on Sunday

Noordhoek, Hout Bay

Chapman's Peak Drive (M6), Noordhoek Drive (M6) to Princess Street, 18:00 - 17:00 on Sunday

Sunday, 9 March


- Hertzog Blvd both carriageways between Heerengracht and Nelson Mandela Blvd (N2), 00:00 - 11:30
- Heerengracht both carriageways between Hans Strijdom Ave and Coen Steytler, 00:00 - 11:30
- DF Malan Drive from entrance to Media24 and Hertzog Blvd, 00:00 - 11:30


 De Waal Drive (M3), outbound between Roodebloem Rd and Hospital Bend. Traffic will be diverted to Main Rd, 05:30 - 11:30
- Nelson Mandela Boulevard (N2) Eastbound, 05:30 - 11:30
- Settlers Way (N2) to M3 (Muizenberg) ramp (Southbound) M3 on-ramp from Groote Schuur Hospital (Southbound), 05:30 - 11:30

Mowbray, Rondebosch, Newlands, Claremont, Bishopscourt

M3 (Rhodes Drive, Union Ave, Paradise, Edinburgh Drive) Southbound, including all on-ramps between Nelson Mandela Boulevard up to Trovato Link, 06:00 - 11:45

Wynberg, Constantia, Tokai

- M3 Freeway (Blue Route), Southbound, including all on-ramps between Trovato Link and Steenberg Rd, 06:00 - 12:15
Steenberg Rd (M42), M3 off-ramp to Main Rd, 06:15 - 12:15

Lakeside, Muizenberg, False Bay Coast to Cape Point, Scarborough

Main Road (M4) - Between Steenberg Rd and Boyes Drive, 06:15 - 12:30
Main Road (M4) - Clairvaux Rd to Fish Hoek Traffic Circle, 06:15 - 12:50
Main Road (M4) - Fish Hoek Traffic Circle to Glen Rd, Glencairn. 06:30 - 13:00
- Main Road (M4) - Glen Road to Simon's Town, 06:30 - 13:15
Main Road (M4) - Simon's Town to entrance of Cape Point Nature Reserve, 06:45 - 14:30
- Main Road (M4) - Entrance of Cape Point Nature Reserve to Perdekloof, 07:00 - 14:30
- Main Road (M4) - Perdekloof to Soetwater, 07:00 - 15:00

Cape Point, Scarborough, Kommetjie, Ocean View

- Slangkop Road (M82), Soetwater to Kommetjie Road (M65), 06:45 - 15:00
Kommetjie Road (M65), Slangkop Road to Glencairn Expressway (M6), 06:45 - 15:30

Noordhoek, Sun Valley

- Ou Kaapse Weg Ext. (M64), Kommetjie Road (M65) to Noordhoek Road (M6), 06:45 - 15:30
Noordhoek Road (M6), Ou Kaapse Weg Ext. (M64) to base of Chapman's Peak Drive, 07:30 - 17:30
-  Chapman's Peak Drive, 05:00 - 17:45

Hout Bay, Llandudno, Camps Bay, Bakoven

Chapman's Peak Drive (M6), Princess Street (M90) to Victoria Ave (M6) Hout Bay, 07:00 - 17:30
- Victoria Road (M6) Northbound and Southbound, Princess Road (M90) Hout Bay to Camps Bay, 07:00 - 17:30

Camps Bay, Bantry Bay and Clifton

- Victoria Road (M6) Northbound and Southbound: Between Houghton Rd and Camps Bay Drive, 07:30 - 17:30
- Victoria Road (M6) Northbound and Southbound: Between Camps Bay Drive and Meadway, 05:00 - 17:45
- Victoria Road (M6) North and Southbound, Mead Way to Lower Kloof Road, 07:30 - 06:00
- Victoria Road (M6), Northbound and Southbound, Lower Kloof Road to Queens Road, Sea Point, 04:00 - 17:45

Bantry Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, Mouille Point

- Queens Road (M6), Victoria Road to Beach Road, 06:17:45
Beach Road (M6) City bound carriageway -  St Johns Road to Helen Suzman Blvd, 06:00 - 18:30
- Beach Road (M6) to Fritz Sonnenberg, 07:30 - 19:30

Green Point area

- Fritz Sonnenberg between Beach Road and Green Point Circle. Controlled Access point, 07:30 - 18:30
Bill Peters Drive, at Bay Road, 04:00 - 19:30
- Helen Suzman Boulevard (M6) - Eastbound from Beach Road to Green Point Traffic Circle, Sat 12:00 - Sun 21:00
- Helen Suzman Boulevard (M6) - Westbound from Green Point Circle to Beach Road, 04:00 - 19:30

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