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Gallery: 109km of memories

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Cape Town - It’s 5am and the streets are already echoing with the soft click-click-click of coasting bicycles. Bedraggled party-goers still nursing half-empty bottles of beer mingle with fresh-faced cyclists rolling their wheels towards the starting line.

While it is still dark, the dim streetlights in Cape Town’s CBD catch flashes of colour: cyclists wearing glittering halos, riders in a spectrum of neon colours and others in gorilla jumpsuits or sporting red rhino horns.

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Cape Town. 09.03.14. The start of the 2014 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momemtum cycle race. A total of 35 000 cyclists participated in this race that is the largest timed- cycle race in the world. Picture Ian LandsbergCape Town. 090314. The Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour is an annual cycle race hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, usually 109 km long. It is the first event outside Europe to be included in the International Cycling Union's Golden Bike Series. South Africa hosts some of the largest, by number of entrants, sporting events in the world with three being the largest of their type. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, with as many as 35 000 cyclists taking part, is the world's largest individually timed cycle race. Nolan Hoffman outsprinted a small lead group in the finishing straight to claim victory in the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour. Picture Leon LestradeCape Town 20140309. The women's winners, 1 Cherise Stander (RSA) 2:51:00, 2 Anriette Schoeman (RSA) 2:51:31, 3 An-Li Kachehoffer 02:53:39, celebrate their win on the stadium at the Cape Argus Pick and Pay Momentum Cycle Tour. - Photographer: Robin Clark, Reporter: Kieren Legg, Madelyn Stone.Cape Town. 090314. The Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour is an annual cycle race hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, usually 109 km long. It is the first event outside Europe to be included in the International Cycling Union's Golden Bike Series. South Africa hosts some of the largest, by number of entrants, sporting events in the world with three being the largest of their type. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, with as many as 35 000 cyclists taking part, is the world's largest individually timed cycle race. Picture Leon LestradeCape Town. 090314. The Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour is an annual cycle race hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, usually 109 km long. It is the first event outside Europe to be included in the International Cycling Union's Golden Bike Series. South Africa hosts some of the largest, by number of entrants, sporting events in the world with three being the largest of their type. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, with as many as 35 000 cyclists taking part, is the world's largest individually timed cycle race. Picture Leon LestradeCape Town. 090314. The Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour is an annual cycle race hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, usually 109 km long. It is the first event outside Europe to be included in the International Cycling Union's Golden Bike Series. South Africa hosts some of the largest, by number of entrants, sporting events in the world with three being the largest of their type. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, with as many as 35 000 cyclists taking part, is the world's largest individually timed cycle race. Picture Leon LestradeCape Town-140309. The Cape Argus Cycle Tour took place today. Cyclists are seen cycling up Nelson Mandela Boulevard. Photo: jason boudFeebearing - Cape Town - 140309 - Thousands of cyclists faced the full brunt of the Cape Doctor's stormy magic as savage winds swept through the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour's iconic and scenic route. But despite the conditions, there were still smiles as tired cyclists crossed the finish line. 
pictured: Brightly dressed cyclists coming up the infamous Suikerbossie.  REPORTER: MADELYN STONE. PICTURE: WILLEM LAW.Cape Town-140309. The Cape Argus Cycle Tour took place today. These cyclists are seen cycling up Edinburgh Drive.  Photo: jason boudCape Town-140309. The start of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour as cyclists make their way onto Nelson Mandela Boulevard . Photo: jason boudCape Town-140309. The Cape Argus Cycle Tour took place today. Cyclists are seen cycling up Chapman's Peak. Photo: jason boudCape Town 20140309. The mens winners for hand cycling, Ernst Van Dyk 02:52:33, crosses the finnish line at the Cape Argus Pick and Pay Momentum Cycle Tour. - Photographer: Robin Clark, Reporter: Kieren Legg, Madelyn Stone.Cape Town-140309. The start of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour as cyclists make their way onto Nelson Mandela Boulevard . Photo: jason boudCape Town. 090314. The Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour is an annual cycle race hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, usually 109 km long. It is the first event outside Europe to be included in the International Cycling Union's Golden Bike Series. South Africa hosts some of the largest, by number of entrants, sporting events in the world with three being the largest of their type. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, with as many as 35 000 cyclists taking part, is the world's largest individually timed cycle race. Picture Leon LestradeFeebearing - Cape Town - 140309 - Thousands of cyclists faced the full brunt of the Cape Doctor's stormy magic as savage winds swept through the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour's iconic and scenic route. But despite the conditions, there were still smiles as tired cyclists crossed the finish line. 
pictured: Chapmans Peak. REPORTER: MADELYN STONE. PICTURE: WILLEM LAW.

The colours of the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour grow bolder as the race begins. Golden rays peek over the horizon as thousands of cyclists set off on the long ride beyond Simon’s Town and back.

For the onlookers it’s a spectacle. They emerge from their homes in Muizenberg, Ocean View, and Camps Bay to watch the multi-coloured pelotons skim past, their spinning spokes glinting in the bright sunshine.

Their cheers join the chorus of clicking gears and their posters, banners and flags bleed into the medley of colours. And in some places, fans become part of the race – pushing tiring cyclists up the route’s formidable climbs, or spraying riders with splashes of cool water.

But like a light at the end of the tunnel, as cyclists round onto Helen Suzman Boulevard from Sea Point they hear the pounding music of the finish line, the excited shouts of the commentator and cheers of around a thousand waiting spectators.

It’s there amid an eruption of applause that they raise their hands, let their bodies slump and enjoy their victory – 109km of winding black tarmac like a dark trail lying conquered behind them.

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Pictures: Ian Landsberg, Leon Lestrade, Jason Boud, Willem Law, Robin Clark

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