Update April 8th
Rasheeda and her sister Labieba raised over $400 for S4K – Thank you both so much and what a wonderful trip.
Excerpts from Rasheeda February’s account of their journey. Cape Town Cycle Tour 2015 … and beyond …
Not even the disappointment of the reduced route could dampen the excitement leading up to the weekend. This was further enhanced when we arrived at the Lifecycle Expo Friday afternoon to finalise registration and collect our race packs. And then Sunday, 8th March 2015 arrived.
At 05h30 in the morning on our way into town, almost every second/third vehicle on the road to the start had a bike or two on their rack…. 32,000 plus riders lining up at the start … being sent off in groups from 06h00 – 10h00….. The Cape Town people came out in droves to spur on the cyclist along the route. The entertainment along the way. The camaraderie of other cyclists. The amazing volunteer event stewards. The organisation. And the spirit of the ‘Solidarity Ride’. What an atmosphere!
The circular nature of the revised route along the three lane highway allowed outgoing cyclists to see returning cyclist heading for the finish line and vice versa. It also uniquely allowed cyclists to tackle the infamous Edinburgh drive and Wynberg Hill climbs from both directions.
For me the ride was a mixed experience. Steady and sometimes walking pace climbs, long sections of flat riding and some exhilarating but hair raising descents. The last descent at a crazy 65km/h, after coming around ‘Hospital Bend’, with a clear view of Table Mountain, Cape Town CBD, the harbour with Robben Island in the distance was the most memorable. A view one can normally only see through the front windscreen of a moving motor vehicle. Labieba on the other hand went for it from the start and recorded a personal best for the distance. Taking into account my very relaxed approach to the ride, I recorded a time that was in line with our training rides here in the UK.
We drove part of the route before we left Cape Town and both of us realised that on the day we missed quite a few landmarks along the route. We are putting it down to total focus on getting to the finish line … LOL.
Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016? … DEFINITELY!
February 10th, 2015 –
Rasheeda February is from Cambridge, England. On 8th March 2015, she will be participating in the world’s largest individually timed cycle race which is taking place in South Africa. 109km around one of the worlds most beautiful peninsula’s. Rasheeda’s sister, Labieba is a cycling enthusiast and will be joining her in this challenge. They will donate £1/km to S4K for each km they complete on the day.
“35 000 cyclists will line up to ride the 109km route through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery that includes the iconic Table Mountain as a backdrop”.For more information on this exciting and scenic event see ‘Cape Town Cycle Tour‘
Good luck to you both – We look forward to receiving some pictures of the event.