We were supposed to be sailing out to Robben Island today but it was too windy and the boats were confined to the harbour. By a happy coincidence, Cape Town is the home to the largest mass-participation bike event in the world when 35,000 riders take on the Argus cycle challenge around the Cape Peninsula. The finish was right by our hotel and the roads were closed all day. The main route is about 110km and attracts all-comers much like the London Marathon. Even more excitingly, there is a professional bike race during the week (Giro del Capo) which ended today using the same route as everyone else. The professionals set off at around 6.30am and finish before most of the amateurs are even underway. This year was dangerously windy on the route with gusts of up to 130kmh which slowed most people down and allowed the fastest amateurs and racing tandems to almost catch the pros. For the record, Barloworld dominated the race and should be riding the Tour de France again this summer.
Robbie Hunter gets pipped on the line: