Cycle Tour

Get your bike to Cycle Tour

2012-02-14 08:09
Bicycle (File)
Cape Town - The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, now in its 35th year, attracts thousands of cyclists who fly to Cape Town to participate in the world’s largest individually timed cycling event.

But the bump-and-grind of long-distance travel may damage your precious bike and lead to you not being on top form come Race Day. To help you make sure your bike arrives in tip-top shape at this year’s race, we have compiled some useful tips on packing your bicycle:

Pack it up neatly:
Make sure you put the seat down, and either remove the pedals or turn them inwards. The handlebars must also be turned parallel to the frame, while the front wheel should be left attached to the bike.

Remove the gadgets:
Remove all speedometers and other electronic equipment and rather take these with you on the plane in your carry-on luggage.

Take care of your tyres:
Tyres filled with nitrogen will not be accepted for carriage on the flight, so rather deflate when packing. All carbon dioxide cylinders used to inflate tyres are considered Dangerous Goods by the airport authorities and must be shipped as Cargo. You can also not carry the tyres or spare wheels onto the plane so rather transport them in the hold of the aircraft.

Keep your bike safe:
All bicycles must be securely packed. You can do this using special boxes and bags that are available from bicycle stores, and which help prevent possible damage to your bike. Also make sure that your contact details are clearly visible on the bike box or bag.

For more information on the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2012, visit or contact the events office on (021) 681 4333.

Keep abreast of updates and developments by following the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust on Twitter:


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