Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Back-Blogging # 2: The Argus Cycle Tour

Candace and I returned to Cape Town on the 8th of March, after spending a few nights away from the bustle of the city. Back home, the time had come to prepare for what has become a family tradition: The Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour.

This year would be an extra-special occasion, with five of the six Crawfords cycling the event, and Mom and Dad cycling their 21st Tours. We decided that the five of us would all start and ride the 110-km route together. But, before the main event, there was the LifeCycle Week to experience.

We went to the LifeCycle Expo on Thursday (8th March) afternoon and soaked up the atmosphere of what has become South Africa's premier sports, health and fitness exhibition. Then the day before the main event, it was time for the annual Junior and Tricycle Tour, held out at Youngsfield Military Base, Wynberg. My nephews Rhyenn and Jesse both completed their 1,5-km loop around the base. It was lovely to be there to support the little ones as they pedalled or scooted along on their small bikes, scooters or tricycles.

Sunday 11th March heralded the 110-km Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour, the world's largest-timed cycling event. As in previous years, I rode the race kitted out in Mercy Ships cycling gear and with a Mercy Ships flag flying proudly from my bike. It was a fantastic day and we all crossed the finish line together in a time of 5hrs 55 minutes. And what was really special for me was that Candace was there to see us cross the finish line! It was a great day and a wonderful end to the 2012 edition of the Cycle Tour.

Jesse and Rhyenn prepare for their Tricycle Tour.

Rhyenn heads off on his ride - in the centre of the shot.

And here comes Jesse!

Shirley and Montassir and the boys.

Shirl, Linds and Mom at the start of the Cycle Tour.

I reach the top of Wynberg Hill.

Rhyenn and Jesse were excited to see their Uncle Murray!

Re-grouping at the top of the climb - Linds, me and Dad.

Cyclists at one of the many refreshment stations along the route.

Cyclists tackle the picturesque Chapman's Peak Drive.

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