There is absolutely no need for FOMO – why not join the Cape Town Cycle Tour to celebrate the traditional cycling month of March by entering the official Virtual Cape Town Cycle Tour, presented by Powerade and Wesgro, or the Cape Town Cycle Tour 109-for-109 Charity Challenge.

Organisers of the Cape Town Cycle Tour announced, on 4 February, that despite the postponement of the March 2021 event, due to Covid restrictions, organisers would be offering two new initiatives – the Virtual Cape Town Cycle Tour via the online platform FulGaz Virtual Cycling, and the Cape Town Cycle Tour 109-for-109 Charity Challenge.

Both events will focus around the traditional 109km of the Cape Town Cycle Tour and registered riders stand to win thousands of Rands in prizes from Garmin, Tacx, Powerade, Thule and Oakley, while also receiving acknowledgement for their efforts with a virtual medal and virtual certificate of completion and a listing on the event website.

Cycling enthusiasts are reminded that the Cape Town Cycle Tour normally generates funds for its two beneficiaries, PPA (the Pedal Power Association) and the Rotary Club of Claremont. They in turn support a multitude of worthy charitable causes and cycling related initiatives. Together we can all make a difference!

To be part of the action use the hashtag #cycletour109 on all your social media posts to stand a chance of winning weekly prizes.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the 2021 Cape Town Cycle Tour has had to be postponed from its traditional March date to later this year. Photo by Chris Hitchcock.

Challenge No 1:109-for-109 Charity Challenge

To take part simply enter online from Monday, 8 February at and ride 109km or more during the month of March ANYWHERE ANYTIME. We will use Strava to verify all qualifying rides completed. Each participant will get a virtual medal on completion of the challenge, while also and perhaps most importantly, helping raise funds for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.

You can get creative and set up fun ways to complete the distance… Like the most elevation in 109km, anyone? Or the greatest number of 109km rides in the month of March? Or simply set yourself the goal of riding the race distance.

Entry donations for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 109-for-109 Charity Challenge cost R109. Be part of the fun and help us to track your antics by using the hashtag #cycletour109 on your social media.

The second option for would-be Cape Town Cycle Tour riders is to take part in the 109-for-109 Charity Challenge, which encourages you to complete at least one 109km ride in the month of March. Photo by Karin Schermbrucker.

Challenge No 2: Virtual Cape Town Cycle Tour, presented by Powerade and Wesgro

The Virtual Cape Town Cycle Tour, will utilize the FulGaz Virtual Cycling platform, and will take place between March 8-14.  The race will be divided into three stages to make up the traditional 109km route. Filmed on the actual route from a bicycle it is the ideal way to experience the beauty of the Cape Peninsula from the comfort of your own home!

Riders can complete each stage as many times as they wish, at any time within the race window and leaderboards will be regularly updated.

Entry donations for the event start at R200 and include a free one-month subscription to the brilliant FulGaz Virtual Cycling ( virtual platform. Riders can enter from anywhere in the world – and also have the option to donate a little more than the minimum entry donation.

Entries for this virtual challenge open on 15 February at

“While the pandemic continues to affect the lives of so many, we believe that staying healthy, having a goal and challenging yourself safely is more critical than ever,” said Cape Town Cycle Tour director, David Bellairs. “Both our Virtual event and the Charity Challenge offer an opportunity to stay motivated while also raising money for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. It’s time to pay it forward!”