We are SO excited to finally be wishing our Cycle Tour team all the best as they adventure from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg this Easter holiday - on bicycles!
The girls have been busy training for months already -
....and recently took delivery of their tour kit.
The bus and trailer were packed with most of the luggage on Friday and driven down to Cape Town over the weekend by Mr Willows who will meet the girls on Wednesday when they fly down.
A DAY ON THE ROAD
A typical day on the road starts at 2am with a light snack and packing the luggage into the trailer. Extensive stretching and warming up exercises ensure the team is ready for the day. Cycling begins at approximately 3am when the weather is cool and the roads are free of traffic. The girls ride in single file and strict traffic rules are followed. The school back-up vehicle, which tows the bicycle trailer, travels directly behind the last bicycle. This arrangement enhances the safety of the cyclists. The team’s average speed is approximately 18km per hour. There are rest periods every 1 to 1½ hours. The girls cycle about 100km a day, completing each day at about 11am. The afternoons are spent relaxing, sightseeing, meeting friends and family en-route and checking the bikes and equipment to ensure that everything is ready for the next day’s ride.
The team fly to Cape Town on Wednesday 16 March. On arrival, the girls will do some sightseeing around the Cape Peninsula. The Cycle Tour officially begins at 2am on Saturday 19 March, with the girls leaving from the Cape Town Waterfront. The route will take the girls from Cape Town to Stellenbosch and then on to Villiersdorp – Montague – Barrydale – Ladismith – Oudsthoorn – Knysna – Plettenburg Bay – Jeffreys Bay – Port Elizabeth – Port Alfred – East London – Queenstown – Maclear – Kokstad – Underburg – Boston – Pietermaritzburg. The cyclists will arrive back at The Wykeham Collegiate at on Tuesday 12 April.
Watch this space for more exiting updates over the next three weeks!