Get Pedalling at the Annual Cape Town Cycle Challenge
It’s that time of year again when we are all preparing for the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly known as the Cape Argus). Taking place on Sunday the 12th of March, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the cycle tour – the largest timed cycling event in the world, covering a magnificent 109km route. A massive group of 35 000 cyclists will wind their way through the mountainous backdrop with many raising funds for the Rotary Club of Claremont and the Pedal Power Association, amongst others.
The History of the Cape Town Cycle Tour
The Cape Town Cycle Tour was established in 1978 by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, as a way to draw attention to the need for bicycle lanes in South Africa. It has since grown immensely to become one of the world’s most respected cycle tours, and it is even recognised in the International Cycling Union’s Golden Bike Series.
Get Involved in the Cape Town Cycle Tour
Applications for entry closed on the 23rd of August but there is no reason for cycling enthusiasts not to grab a seat and watch the event from one of the beautiful spectator spots. With six cut off times along the route, you can easily plan which of the 16 spots you would like to view the race from ahead of time.
Each of these areas have with their own charm and breath-taking view:
• The start, Hertzog Boulevard
• Newlands Forest Area
• Paradise Road (near Paradise Motors)
• Edinburgh Drive (top of Wynberg Hill – outbound)
• Main Road / Steenberg Road (Muizenberg)
• Kalk Bay and St. James
• Fish Hoek
• Glencairn Beach
• Simon’s Town Main Road
• Noordhoek Farm Village
• Hout Bay (Corner Princess and Main / Chapman’s Peak Drive)
• Camps Bay Beachfront
• Sea Point
• Promenade & finish line
A brief 10-minute drive from the Cape Town Cycle Tour start, and only 12 minutes from the finish line, Taj Cape Town makes choosing the perfect accommodation a cinch. The Taj is also the ideal resting place for exhausted cyclists and supporters alike – wind down with a spa treatment at the luxurious Jiva Spa, replenish your energy stores over a delicious meal at the Bombay Brasserie or Mint, the Local Grill and wash it all down with an artisanal cocktail at the Twankey Bar. To book your accommodation, phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate Valentines Day at Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town is easily one of the most romantic spots in the city bowl. It is also around this time of year that it becomes even more romantic than usual. Treat that Special Someone to Valentines Jiva spa treatments, romantic dinners at Bombay Brasserie, Mint the Local Grill, or original handcrafted cocktails in The Twankey Bar… and, if choosing just one is too difficult, why not take advantage and indulge in all of them!
A Relaxing Jiva Spa Treatment
Just to ensure you really have the chance to unwind before dinner and drinks, why not book a romantic couples spa treatment? For the month of February Jiva is offering 75-minute couples massages for only R1 500 per couple. This special comes with complimentary access to the spa wet area as well as a Cranberry Kiss to sip on after your treatment. With an age-old understanding of herbs, essential oils and their therapeutic goodness, Jiva’s relaxing experience will ease all your tension.
Gourmet Indian Cuisine at Bombay Brasserie
When it comes to contemporary Indian food, Bombay Brasserie is without a doubt the best place to satiate your craving. Not only is the food mouth-watering and skilfully prepared, but the restaurant is luxurious, opulent and perfect for a romantic dinner. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Bombay Brasserie has a special set menu. For only R1 295 per person, you will be served an array of delicately flavoured, fine dining dishes fit for royalty.
Mint, the Local Grill
If it’s western flavours you are after Mint, the Local Grill offers guests an informal yet innovative dining experience. The Valentine’s Day dinner menu is nothing short of heavenly. For R650 per person, the meal is bursting with outstanding adaptations of our old favourites. Traditional lemon sorbet is traded in for an enticing champagne sorbet. From the grill, crispy pork belly is flavoured with rhubarb chutney and creamed horseradish foam, along with a red wine glaze.
The Twankey Bar
If not after dinner, perhaps before dinner, either way cocktails are always in order… particularly the Twankey cocktails. This historical gem has a R65 special on Ketel One Vodka cocktails during the month of February and on Valentines Day guests can benefit from the beer, champagne and Don Julio Margarita specials.
Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day with all of the unforgettable memories that make the month of love a special place in our hearts. As these enchanting offers are limited to availability, we would like to encourage you to reserve your space as soon as possible. To book, contact us on +27 (0)21 819 2000 or email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com