On Sunday 11th March I took part in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour-a 110km ride around the Cape peninsular in South Africa. The scenery was spectacular with the backdrop of Table Mountain and the ocean. 32,500 took part, making this the largest cycle event in the world. Conditions were tough with the temperature allegedly reaching 40C on some sections of the course and about 1,000 riders needed some medical attention, mostly for dehydration or cramp unsurprisingly. There was also a spectacular pile up by the elite riders 100 metres from the finish.
It was deeply impressive to see the course being ridden by at least two unicyclists and a few hand cyclists whose fortitude put the rigours for us mere cyclists in perspective.
It was a first outing for the new Fundsmith sponsored GPM10 cycling shirts modelled in the photo by me and my friend Si Wang, Citi currency trader. A lot of riders walked up the largest climb, Chapman's Peak, but not Team Fundsmith.