Frequently Asked Questions

Below you should find the answers to many of the questions you may have regarding the Cape Rouleur.

How do I enter?

Entry to the Cape Rouleur 2015 will open on 3 April 2014 at midday.  Payment can be made in instalments or made in full.  Instalments will be in 3 equal amounts (1st at entry, 2nd on 25 June 2014 and 3rd/final on 25 September 2014. Entries can only be performed online.

"Official Finisher" Status

To be classified as an "Official Finisher" you will need to ride the entire event in one of the seeded groups. Exceptions are made where you may be receiving mechanical or medical attention in a support vehicle.

You will not be classified as an Official Finisher if:

  • You have to withdraw due to injury or illness or irrepariably breaking your bike
  • You take a "ride" in a support vehicle
  • You don't ride in your seeded group
  • You are DQ'd for failure to adhere to ride rules

What are the dates of the event?

  • Sign On & Rider Briefing - 1 March 2015
  • Prologue - 1 March 2015
  • Stage 1 - 2 March 2015
  • Stage 2 - 3 March 2015
  • Stage 3 - 4 March 2015
  • Festival Ride - 5 March 2015
  • Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour - 8 March 2015

What is included in the entry?

Included in your entry fee is:

  • Rolling road closures
  • Mechanics and technical support
  • Paramedic and ambulance support
  • Motorbike outriders and lead cars
  • Timing and rider race number
  • Professional support crew
  • Airport shuttle for rider, partner and bike to Franschhoek, at set times (excluding Basic Entry package) or
  • Transportation from central Cape Town for rider, partner and bike to Franschhoek, at set time (excluding Basic Entry package)
  • Accommodation (excluding Basic Entry package) from Sunday 1st to Thursday 5th (4 nights)
  • Celebration Braai & Presentation
  • Celebration drinks & nibbles on arrival to Cape Town after Festival Ride
  • Digital photos and film
  • Event t-shirt for all riders

Arrival - Sunday 1 March

  • Airport shuttle for rider, partner and bike to Franschhoek (at set times) or
  • Transportation from central Cape Town for rider, partner and bike to Franschhoek (at set times)
  • Overnight hotel/guest house accommodation (excluding Basic Entry options)

Sign On, Rider Briefing & Prologue - Sunday 1 March

  • Breakfast (excluding Entry Only options)
  • Event t-shirt
  • Timing Chip
  • Rider Numbers and Musette
  • Overnight hotel/guest house accommodation (excluding Basic Entry options)

Stage 1 - Monday 2 March

  • Breakfast (excluding Basic Entry options)
  • Lunch
  • Overnight hotel/guest house accommodation (excluding Basic Entry options)

Stage 2 - Tuesday 3 March

  • Breakfast (excluding Basic Entry options)
  • Lunch
  • Overnight hotel/guest house accommodation (excluding Basic Entry options)

Stage 3 - Wednesday 4 March

  • Breakfast (excluding Basic Entry options)
  • Lunch
  • Finishers Medal
  • Celebration Braai & Presentation
  • Overnight hotel/guest house accommodation (excluding Basic Entry options)

Festival Ride - Thursday 5 March

  • Breakfast (excluding Basic Entry options)
  • Lunch
  • Champagne & canapés on arrival to Cape Town

Not included in your entry:

  • Flights
  • Dinner, other than Celebration Braai
  • Alcohol and drinks
  • Components, spare parts
  • Massages
  • Travel insurance

What are the accommodation options?

Click here for the entry and accommodation options.

There are accommodation options ranging from 5 Star Hotel Spa to 4 Star Guest Houses in Franschhoek, all in close proximity to the Start/Finish Village.  Your entry can be for a single room (limited in number), sharing with another rider and we also have an option for you to bring along a non riding partner.

There is an option to enter without accommodation and airport/city transfers, but be included at the Celebration Braai and Festival Ride with finish line hospitality in Cape Town. 

What am I letting myself into?

This is a multi stage event requiring a high level of fitness. A pro style event with full professional support and rolling road closures, it is the closest you can get to riding one of the Grand Tours. The HotChillee Global Series of events does however have a great deal of camaraderie. The combination of having flagged race sections and tempo peloton riding imbetween has developed a massive following in Europe. The final day (Thursday) is a Festival Ride back to Cape Town, but still has rolling road closures and a wonderful social atmosphere. 

What if I don't know anyone else riding?

HotChillee has a wonderful social network. You will meet many new friends, business contacts, ride partners and all will share your passion for cycling. There are no barriers to mixing and interacting. To make it simple for all - just be the first to greet and introduce yourself and the rest will fall into place.

Can my non participating partner come too?

We offer a number of accommodation options which cater for a rider and their non riding partner.  There is plenty to do in and around Cape Town, for detailed information please click here.  Franschhoek itself has a variety of beautiful boutiques, galleries, restaurants and vineyards to explore. It is known as the heart of gastronomy and wine in the country. For some ideas of what else to do whilst visiting Franschhoek please click here.

What is the closest airport?

Cape Town. We will have a bus system at pre-arranged times from the airport to Franschhoek on Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March. We will also have a transfer from central Cape Town to Franchhoek on both days.  This includes the transfer of your bicycles, luggage and any non riding partners.

What are the times of the airport transfers? 

Saturday 28 April & Sunday 1 March

  • Bus 1 departs from Cape Town airport to Franschhoek at tbc
  • Bus 2 departs from central Cape Town to Franschhoek at tbc

How can I book accommodation after the event so I can ride the Cape Argus?

To assist you with your accommodation needs from Thursday 5th March we recommend Accolade Travel www.accolades4u.co.za.  To contact them please email Carla Napoli at carlan@accolades4u.co.za or call on +27 (0) 83 275 3066.

What kind of bike may I ride?

The event is restricted to roadworthy road bicycles only. If you are in any doubt then contact the organisers whose decision is final. The ride takes place on tarred or cobbled roads.

Note that no bicycle is permitted to have unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, and cow bars.

Can I hire a bike in SA?

The demand for renting bicycles in Cape Town at this time will be very high due to the Cape Argus, so if you are interested in this option we suggest you book quickly.  We recommend our retail and technical services partner John O'Connor Cycles Tel: +27 (0) 21 434 7741    http://www.joccycles.co.za/contact.htm

May I ride for a charity?

Yes, many riders raise money for their chosen charity. Our charity partners can be found at www.caperouleur.com/charities.

Who can enter?

Anyone 18 years or older on Sunday 1 March, 2015 may enter. If you are in doubt as to your fitness then you must have a medical check-up first.

What Insurance guidelines do you have?

We ask that all riders take out travel insurance and recommend our Insurance Partner Cyclosure.  Travel Insurance and/or Medical Aid details must be added to your Waiver document and presented at Sign On.

What happens if I need to cancel my entry?

If you need to cancel your entry before the 21st December 2014 you will receive a full refund less a £200 (ZAR 3,500) administrative fee providing HotChillee are able to fill your entry.  Any cancellations after this date will not be eligible for any refund.  Please note that you may not transfer your entry to another rider.

When and where does Sign On take place?

Sign On will take place on Sunday 1 March from the HotChillee Village, Franschhoek Monument, Entrance Middagkrans Road off Excelslor.

When and where does the rider Briefing take place?
The Rider Briefing will take place in the afternoon of Sunday 1 March from the HotChillee Village, Franschhoek Monument, Entrance Middagkrans Road off Excelslor.

When and what is the Prologue?

A Prologue will take place after the Rider Briefing from the HotChillee Village. This will be a short out and back time trial from Franshhoek over rolling terrain. All riders will be timed and based on your time you will be seeded into one of four groups. Group 1 being the fastest riders and Group 2 second fastest and so on. This will help to ensure that you are riding with fellow riders of commensurate ability.

Will my group change?

The decision to move riders from one group to another during the event is at the sole discretion of the Commissaire and Ride Captains. If it is found that your ability greatly exceeds your group and you will be moved to a faster group. Of course the reverse is true as well.

What are the average speeds?

There will be a minimum of four groups based on both ability and experience.

  • Group 1: Rolling course average speed 30km/h+ for 120km
  • Group 2: Average speed 28-29km/h for a rolling 120km
  • Group 3: Average speed 27-26km/h for a rolling 120km
  • Group 4: Average speed 25km for a rolling 120km (emphasis is on completing the stages together)

By rolling course we mean tarred roads with hills, not mountains.

Where do I store my bike and bike box?

Your bikes should be stored at your hotel or guest house. Empty bike boxes should be left at the Rider Briefing on Sunday 1st and they will be taken by DHL and stored securely in a warehouse. Bike Boxes will be returned to you at the finish location in Cape Town on Thursday 5th March.

How will my luggage and bike box be repatriated to me in Cape Town?

Any luggage will be transported from Franschhoek back to the finish location on Thursday 5 March. Your empty bike boxes will also be returned to you at the finish venue. If you have a non-participating partner with you on the event we will bring them back to the finish in Cape Town to greet you.

I am not familiar with the event format with flagged sections?

The event consists of multiple road stages, with seeded groups all with their own lead, support cars, crew and rolling road closures. Each day there are flagged sections (yellow=GC, red=Climbing, green=Sprint). Your aggregate times for the yellow or points for the sprint/climb determine your ranking for the leaders jerseys in Group 1. After the flagged sections the peloton rides tempo to the next race sections.

Who manages the ride?

The ride is managed by the Commissaire and ultimately the Event Director. Any decision by the Commissaire is final.

What is the Festival Ride?

The final day (Thursday) is a fun ride back to Cape Town with rolling road closures and a great drinks reception at the finish on the waterfront. A great emotional entrance into Cape Town, with Table Mountain as a magnificent backdrop it leaves a lasting impression. With many more charity partners joining us it is great way to end off the testing previous days and get to know more people.

How can I ride the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour?

You can purchase an additional option of a special VIP Entry Package for the Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour on Sunday 8 March.  This package includes a seeded entry, VIP hospitality and gifts. This option is only available to riders of the Cape Rouleur.

What do I wear?

Helmets complying with international safety standards are compulsory for the duration of the ride. Closed cycling shoes (no fancy sandals), shorts and jerseys are also recommended for your safety.

It is recommended that you take 4 sets of cycling kit and a plastic bag for the dirty clothes! At this time of the year in Western Cape the daytime temperature is 25-35 Deg Celsuis. Bear in mind that the morning can be cooler.

Be sure to include a lightweight rain jacket - with global warming you never know! Post riding, (and evening wear) dress is casual.

What's this I've heard about rolling road closures!?

It is true there will be rolling road closures!

Personal Stereos and Headsets

For safety reasons they are not permitted whilst riding.

Musette Service

If you require items during the day please use the Musettes as provided by the service vehicle.

Cyclists must ensure that their bags are labeled with their names and addresses. Every care will be taken to ensure that the bags are safeguarded. However, cyclists are advised not to leave expensive, valuable items in their bags, as the organisers cannot take responsibility for any losses.

Lost Property

We will have a lost property box located next to the "Information" banner. Please place or retrieve lost property from here. Lost property will be kept for 1 week after the event, and thereafter donated to charity. Any postal or couriered returns will be charged for.

Do we have mechanics?

Yes we have a full mechanics service for each group. This service headed up by HotChillee's Head Mechanic Graeme Freestone-King. The service runs from fully fitted vans and thus most repairs will able to be facilitated. The service is available to deal with bike repairs/failures and problems. There will also be spare bikes and numerous spare wheels.

The "Bike Gear Hangar" finesse

When travelling we recommend that you take a spare bike gear hanger for your bike. These days there are literally thousands of variations and you many find that having a spare whilst travelling gets you out of a tricky situation!

...and what happens if I puncture?

Let's hope that you do not puncture! Please try and ensure that you are using new tyres and tubes as this greatly reduces the chance of puncture. Let the group know that you have punctured. Let your support van know that you have a puncture.

If you have lost the group, the support van will drop you off with the group again.

There may of course be a situation with loads of punctures for whatever reason. Thus be sure to carry one tube and CO2 canister at least, so that you can effect the repair yourself. We strongly recommend your bike is fully serviced before the event.

How do I pay for tubes, spares etc used?

We use a "chit" system. All you need to do is sign for the items and your credit card will be charged after the event. In order to use this service you will need to sign a form at Sign On acknowledging that you will be using this service.

Where do I keep my sun cream, wallet, and other small items?

The support van will have musettes available. These are small bags. You can keep items that you may wish to access during the day in this bag, and it will be kept in the support van. It might be useful to keep a dry top etc in the musette.

What about lunch and nutrition on route?

Each day we have a lunch stop.  Lunch is included and consists of endurance related foods. Our nutrition partner will provide some bars and gels, but please also bring your favourite for the ride itself.

Were can I eat in the evening in Franschhoek?  

There is great variety of restaurants in Franschhoek and many get booked up in advance.

Three of Franschhoeks finest restaurants still have availability for dinner reservations during the Cape Rouleur, but you need to book asap.

Ruben's reservationas@rubens.co.za Tel: 0027 21 876 3772

Le Quartier Francais res@lqf.co.za   Tel: 0027 21 876 2151

Ryan's Kitchen info@ryanskitchen.co.za Tel: 0027 21 876 4598

Please contact the restaurants direct to make a booking.

Founder Sven Thiele

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