The concept of doing an event that was challenging, multi stage and provided a professional cycling experience resulted in the creation of The London-Paris Cycle Tour in 2003. The beginnings were humble with a small group of 13 riders on the first edition in 2004. The event involved three 200km+ stages from the centre of London to Versailles on the outskirts of Paris.
It did not take long for the event to grow through word of mouth, with riders getting hooked on the notion of "how hard can it be"? Soon it became known as "The professional event for amateurs" attracting amateur and sportive road riders, ex professional cyclists and celebrities from around the world. Stars who have completed The London-Paris include:
Today, The London-Paris is restricted to 450 riders and is supported by 250 crew, motorbike outriders, masseurs, paramedics, mechanics and neutral service team, and is known as the closest an amateur can get to experiencing the Tour de France. Our objective remains to create intense sporting experiences with rigorous attention to safety and logistics. The Daily Telegraph named The London-Paris as one of the top 25 participation events in the world, alongside the NYC and London marathons. The event is a highlight on many riders' calendars, some who have ridden every edition.
The demand for an Alpine style event was brought about by feedback from London-Paris riders and after some years of research and planning, the Alpine Challenge is now on its 5th edition and is based out of Annecy in the French Alps.
Forming part of a global series the early season on the calendar, the Cape Rouleur held its first edition in 2012. Held in Franschhoek, Cape Town it precedes the Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, the largest cycling event in the world. The event is hosted in Franschhoek, which has spectacular, food, wine, scenery and cycling.
Designed using the same formula as The London-Paris; rolling road closures, professional support and unforgettable riding experiences the event has become another welcome addition to the summer cycling calendar.
Other events managed by HotChillee have included:
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The Cape Rouleur is managed by the international marketing and events company, HOTCHILLEE and is located out of London, UK at the following address:
Berkeley Square House
London W1J 6BD
Company Incorporated in England and Wales, Company Number 05069979
Registered Company Address: Broadway Secretaries Ltd, 50 Broadway, London SW1H 0BL
VAT Reg No: GB 114 1454 56
Cape Rouleur 2014 Stage 3 results - Dlamini wins 36ONE Yellow Jersey for Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF)Friday 7th March 2014
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. Nicholas Dlamini riding for UBS/EJAF has won the coveted 36ONE yellow jersey at this year's Cape Rouleur. Karl Platt of Team Bulls won the Pro Category jersey. The ladies jersey went to Jo Merritt, with the climbers jersey to Josh Hodge and Bradwin Daniels the talented development rider from Cape Town Giants winning the sprinters jersey.Read More ...
A bugs half-life, by Ride Magazine's Time BrinkFriday 7th March 2014
Surreal does not cover the feeling , riding through the Winelands in a cocoon of light, cresting Helshoogte as the sun rose, descending in the dawn.Read More ...