After months of training and preparation, the very first Toer de Kaap handcycle tour is over! Eight intrepid handcyclists have had the time of their lives over the 499km course, all vowing to be back for the tour in 2009.
The tour started with the 42km OCC race in the streets of George with over 500 participants in total.
Rumour has it that when the first handcyclist (Vicente Arzo) came into the finish area, there was some doubt that he had turned at the furthest point at Garden Route Mall as his time was so fast. Officials checked with the marshals at the turning point and Vicente Arzo from Spain was declared the winner and set a new course record of 1:15:50 with an average speed of 33.39kph!
To see the daily reports of the Tour de Kaap go to http://www.ghrc.co.za/TdK08-report.html
Because everyone enjoyed the inaugural 2008 handcycle tour so much we decided to weak the event ever so slightly for 2009.
The first day will still be the OCC street handcycle race in George – just 42km to get you warmed up. The next three days will remain the same as 2008, George to Albertinia, Albertinia to Riversdale via Stilbaai and Riversdale to Ladysmith over Garcia Pass. Then day five will be Ladismith to Calitzdorp, day six will be Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn and the final day will be Oudtshoorn back to George via the Robinson Pass. This keeps us off the narrow busy N9 and unfortunately also off the busy Outeniqua Pass. (Picture:Zolani Runeli, Stuart McCreadie, Vincente Arzo(Spain) and Jorge Navaro(Spain) leaving Riversdale on their way to Ladysmith.)
There are 15 places for handcyclists, and already 8 of them are reserved, so if you are keen to ride the Toer de Kaap 2009, drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org but don’t leave it too late.
Once again, this is a tour, with the emphasis on training and having FUN! This is not a flat out race, in fact there is no official start time or start line. Just come on out and have some fun in the sun!