Cape Town Cycle Tour: The world’s largest timed cycle race

The Cape Town Cycle Tour is an annual cycle race hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa hosts some of the largest sporting events in the world and The Cape Town Cycle Tour, with as many as 35,000 cyclists taking part, is the world's largest individually timed cycle race. Arguably one of the most beautiful bike races in the world, it circles the Cape Peninsula, starting and finishing in the shadow of Table Mountain, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

We are incredibly proud to support some of the most exciting cyclists with their goals for this year. We recently sat down with HEXR ambassador Laurance Logan to discuss his experiences at the race and to catch up on all things cycling.

Cape Town Cycle TourPhoto: Cape Town Cycle Tour.

For those who might not be familiar, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

“I’m Laurance Logan, a South African who moved to the U.K. in 2012. I started cycling in 2008, riding with whatever kit I could get my hands on, but it wasn’t long before I was hooked. My passion for cycling runs in my family – my grandfather was a machine on the bike, winning nearly every race he entered. He set the fastest time in a time trial in Yorkshire, which to this day has still not been broken. He’s my role model and was a true inspiration. My father is also a keen cyclist. He lives in Cape Town, and I go back every year to race the Cape Town Cycle Tour.”

Laurance Logan 

Tell us a bit about the race itself.

“The Cape Town Cycle Tour takes place on the first Sunday of March, with the professional riders setting off at 6:15am, after which, groups are set off at two-minute intervals. The route starts in the centre of Cape Town and heads down to Cape Point then up Chapman’s Peak and along the coast, back into the finish at Green Point Stadium. The race itself is 109km and has a full road closure. It’s a must for any passionate cyclist.”

Cape Town Cycle TourPhoto: Cape Town Cycle Tour.

The views look stunning. What’s the atmosphere like?

“The atmosphere is amazing! You get to ride and meet cyclists from all around the world and the spectators along the route cheering you along help to keep you motivated. I’ve ridden the race seven times now and this year I decided to ride it with my partner, Kelly, as it was her first time. Taking in the sights and soaking up the atmosphere with her is something I won’t forget in a hurry.”

Laurance Logan

We'd be remiss if we didn't mention his kit choice at this point. Laurance rode the Cape Town Cycle Tour in our HEXR helmet. How did he get on?

“This was the first year riding in my HEXR helmet. Right from the start, before you even receive your helmet, there is a sense of theatre around using the app to scan your head for the perfect fit. Then when you try it on for the first time, the breathability and aerodynamics are world class. Having read up on how the helmets are made and the ethos behind the company, I am super happy to be wearing it and representing the HEXR family. I love that the shells are interchangeable. The next step is to get my spare shell resprayed to match my bike.”

Laurance Logan Laurance Logan

You can follow Laurance on Instagram to find out more of what’s in store for 2020.


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