Weirdness at the Gym

When I arrived at the gym this morning, “my” disabled bay was taken by a group of rowdy static cyclists. Never seen any of the regular classes so full.
When I came back out the staff had already taken a whole bunch of the bikes back in. Must’ve taken hours to remove them from the cycling studio on first floor and bring them down in the mini elevator. And now all the shit goes back up.

I don’t get it. If I wanna do my cycle training outdoors and enjoy the wind and the sun, I’d use a real bicycle, no? Then it dawned on me, isn’t the Cape Town Cycle Tour soon-ish? I guess Virgin Active’s classes are now simulating the route’s up n down profile. For a city that’s more or less on sea level there are quite a lot of in- and declines to be ridden. Kinda makes sense now. Training on the actual course in actual traffic is very dangerous.

This was last year’s CTCT:


  1. See how Lil bro does this time:

    “The Cape Town Cycle Tour, also known as the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, is an annual cycling event that takes place in Cape Town, South Africa. It is one of the largest individually timed cycling events in the world and attracts thousands of cyclists from around the globe.

    The route of the Cape Town Cycle Tour covers a distance of 109 km (68 miles) and takes cyclists through some of the most scenic areas of Cape Town, including the iconic Chapman’s Peak Drive and the rugged coastline of the Cape Peninsula. The event usually takes place in March, and the route is closed to traffic for the duration of the race.

    The first Cape Town Cycle Tour took place in 1978 and was initially called the “Argus Tour” after the Cape Argus newspaper, which sponsored the event. Over the years, the event has grown in popularity, and today it is considered one of the premier cycling events in the world.

    The Cape Town Cycle Tour is not just a race; it is also an opportunity for cyclists to experience the natural beauty of Cape Town and to raise funds for charitable causes. Many participants use the event as a platform to raise awareness about issues such as conservation, health, and education.

    The Cape Town Cycle Tour attracts cyclists of all ages and skill levels, from amateur riders to professional athletes. Participants can choose to ride solo or as part of a team, and the event features a range of categories, including men’s and women’s races, tandem races, and handcycle races.

    In summary, the Cape Town Cycle Tour is a world-renowned cycling event that offers participants the opportunity to experience the beauty of Cape Town while raising funds for charitable causes.”

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    • I guess a small local print like the Argus doesn’t have the financial means to sponsor such a big event, so it’s not known as Cape Argus Tour anymore but just the CTCT.
      And little brother forgot to mention that it’s indeed a whole week of cycling fun with many shorter and speciality races, culminating in the big one, the CTCT. Bit like the Cowes Week always ends with the Fastnet Race.

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  2. I don’t get why places thinknit’s okay to use the few handicap spots instead of the hubdreds of regular. Gawd forbid people walk a few feet! (Yes, this is a pet peeve based on similar things around here).

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