When you come to the Mother City for the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town you’re stepping into a city that loves to spend time outdoors.
Cape Town is home to the Sea Point Promenade, Table Mountain Cable Car’s Tafelberg Road, the world famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, Silvermine Nature Reserve, and many more outdoor attractions that will turn your trip into a truly Capetonian experience.
In fact, you can create your own pre-triathlon triathlon ahead of the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town, complete with a post event hydration station at one of the city’s many coffee spots or watering holes.
Start with a bracing dip in the iconic Sea Point Swimming Pool, an Olympic-size pool that is open all year round. Admission for adults is R21, while children pay R10.50. The pool is situated at the end of the Sea Point Promenade, an area famed for attracting all walks of life, both foreign and local.
After your swim, hit the bike and head away from the pool towards Clifton, Camp’s Bay and up towards Llandudno. These renowned tourist locations are well worth a visit for any international visitor. The beaches of these three suburbs are pristine but just take care if going for a dip as the water is usually ice cold. On your ride, stop at the top of Llandudno and enjoy the view, or drop down into Hout Bay so you can turn around and sample Suikerbossie on your return. Suikerbossie has earned a feared reputation as the last climb on the Cape Town Cycle Tour. But for a well-trained cyclist it should be a breeze.
Head back to Sea Point, drop the bike and plod along the Promenade, going as far as you like. If you start at the pool and keep going you’ll eventually hit the V&A Waterfront, or you can turn off into the scenic Green Point Park. It’s very well-signposted. Watch out for sightseeing cyclists, skateboarders and trendy locals with Pomeranians in their handbags.
Refuel: La Vie Cafe Bar at 205 Beach Road is sidewalk chic with cool breezes and cooler clientele.
Fine False Bay
The action of the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town takes place closer to Cape Town’s city bowl, which is the perfect excuse to hop on over to the other side of the city. Start your False Bay adventure with a quick dip at Muizenberg (check the status of the shark flag first), or head to St James and splash around in the tidal pool. Muizenberg is a famous surf spot in Cape Town and if the mood strikes there are many surfboard rental companies along the beach. Coffee shops and restaurants also offer warmth and comfort after a swim or surf.
At the St James tidal pool, just a few kilometres away from Muizenberg, the water is generally warmer than the ocean and is crystal clear. If you’ve seen any tourist information you’ll know about the colourful beach huts of both Muizenberg and St James. Now you can see them in living colour.
Once you’ve showered away the salt water, get on to Main Road and whizz through Kalk Bay towards Jubilee Square in Simon’s Town, taking in a different portion of the iconic Cycle Tour route. Turn around at Jubilee and make your way back to Kalk Bay. There are coffee shops and restaurants aplenty in and around Jubilee Square. If you’re not worried about your waistline, a local highlight is the Salty Sea Dog – for the best fish and chips in town. And, if you’re a nature fanatic keep going past Jubilee Square until you find the penguins of Boulders Beach.
For the run, here’s a chance to look down on everyone else; ride back towards Muizenberg, stopping in Kalk Bay. Head up Boyes Drive on the Kalk Bay side, opposite the entrance to the harbour (it’s steep!) to get some of the best views in the city… False Bay as far as the eye can see, Kalk Bay Harbour below, perhaps some sharks; it makes the effort worthwhile.
Refuel: Kalk Bay buzzes with attractions these days, but Olympia Café remains the must-visit spot for coffee and a snack.
The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town is an urban experience, with a swim in the harbour, a ride through the city and a run through Cape Town’s beautiful Green Point Park – but that doesn’t mean off-road is completely off limits. Silvermine Nature Reserve – where they once mined but found no silver – offers a perfect opportunity for some trails and tribulations.
Get into the cool waters of the reservoir for a refreshing start to your workout before heading up the dirt road towards Noordhoek Peak on the bike. It’s a serious climb, but efforts are rewarded with the sensation that you are the mightiest of mighty in Cape Town once you reach the top. The route is circular, so if you follow the path you shouldn’t get lost. Park the bike and head for a quick run on any of the walking trails around the reservoir. End with another swim, because it’s simply sensational. The reserve has only recently reopened after a devastating fire, so if you are a new visitor to Cape Town this is an ideal opportunity to visit a delicate part of the city.
Refuel: Drop down Ou Kaape Weg on the southern suburbs side and head to the newly revamped Peddlars & Co on Spaanschemat River Road.
* The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town, along with the Discovery Duathlon Cape Town, forms part of a weekend festival of multisport in the Mother City. With both events over the same weekend, it’s the ideal opportunity to get active with friends and family. The Discovery Duathlon takes place on Saturday, April 23, and its run-cycle-run format is aimed at newcomers to multisport events and families or people looking for an enjoyable athletic outing. The Discovery World Triathlon, for elite and accomplished athletes, takes place on Sunday, April 24, and includes a schools challenge. The route takes competitors around the V&A Waterfront and Green Point, with the Green Point Athletic Stadium providing an excellent venue for fans to get a good view of the thrilling racing.
Enter at http://capetown.triathlon.org
Participants have the option to enter sprint or Olympic distance. The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town welcomes paratriathletes to enter the sprint event.
The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town (24 April 2016)
Sprint individual 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run
Sprint team 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run
Standard individual 750m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run
Standard team 750m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run
Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town Schools Challenge (24 April 2016)
Schools Challenge individual 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run
Schools Challenge team 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run
Ages 14 – 19
Discovery Duathlon Cape Town (23 April 2016)
Super Sprint Distance 2.5km run, 10km cycle, run 2.5km
Sprint Distance 5km run, 20km cycle, 2.5km run
Standard Distance 10km run, 40km cycle, 5km
Discovery Duathlon Cape Town for Kids
5-6 years: 200m run, 1.1km cycle, 200m run
7-9 years: 650m run, 2.2km cycle, 200m run
10-11 years: 1300m run, 3.3km cycle, 1300m run
Elite Race Start Times for Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town:
Elite Women: 14h06
Elite Men: 16h36
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