Challenge Cape Town

Sunday, 10 November 2019
Western CapeBig Bay - Cape Town City Centre
  • Distance
    2 km
    10 Nov 2019
    Overview: 1-lap cold water swim, with water temperature range 14-16.5 degrees. The swim will be wetsuit compulsory.


    Athletes will be shuttled to the swim start, which will take place in front of Big Bay Surf Lifesaving Club.

    A gun start for Elites will be followed by a rolling beach start for age groupers, which will set the swimmers off directly out to sea – catching the rip current past the rocks on the left.

    After your 910m straight out swim, 2 right turns will bring you back to the shore.

    Exit on the north exit of Big Bay Beach, and run up the boardwalk towards the northern car park where T1 is located.
  • Distance
    90 km
    10 Nov 2019

    - Non drafting rules will apply
    - Flat and fast, with a total elevation gain of 398m over your 90km course
    - There are three 180-degree turning points on course
    - TT, road, mountain, and hybrid bikes may be used. Recumbent and electric bikes are not permitted.


    - Exit T1 and continue to the bike mount line in Beach Estate Boulevard, from where you will head north.
    - Turn left at the traffic circle onto the M14 – Otto du Plessis Drive – and continue to Melkbosstrand.
    - At the M14 & Birkenhead Drive intersection, continue straight across and cycle along Otto du Plessis Drive until you reach the entrance to Koeberg Power Station.
    - At Turning Point 1, head back down Otto Du Plessis Drive and back to Big Bay.
    - At Big Bay, continue over the first traffic circle, switching to the sea side of the M14. Follow the M14 / Otto Du Plessis Drive, through to Blouberg then over the traffic circle onto Marine Drive. Pass Dolphin Beach Hotel on your right, and at the traffic lights turn right onto the R27 West Coast Road.
    - Turning onto the sea side of the dual carriageway, you will be cycling in the left lane to allow contraflow of cyclists.
    - Follow the R27 through to just before Lagoon Beach for Turning Point 2.
    - Follow the same coastal route back to Turning Point 3 located in Melkbos.
    - Turning point 3 is at the intersection of Otto Du Plessis and Birkenhead Drive as you reach Melkbosstrand. Again following the same route, you will follow the same
    route en route to Cape Town CBD.
    - At the intersection of Boundary Rd and Marine Drive, you will join the MyCity Bus lane that will take you into Cape Town.
    - At the Milnerton Market, take a left turn into Milner Street and follow the bus lane through Paaden Eiland into town. The Bus Lane will exit onto Hertzog Blvd, where you will continue under the Civic Centre to Heerengracht Street.
    - Take a left turn and follow Heerengracht Street past Cape Town Station, where it becomes Adderley Street.
    - Continue straight up Adderley Street until it becomes Government Avenue.
    - Follow the leafy Government Avenue pedestrian lane through the Company Gardens until you reach Avenue Street, where you will dismount your bike and run into Transition 2.
  • Distance
    21 km
    10 Nov 2019
    3-lap course through the heart of the City of Cape Town.
    You will pass T2 on each lap which is located next to the finish village.
    This is a great route for crowd support and cheering.
    Undulating course with a total elevation gain of 378m over your 21km run.


    Exit T2 in front of the South African National Gallery for the start of your 3-lap run course.
    Head down Gallery Lane and turn left onto St. Johns Street.
    Run past Parliament on your left and down Plein Street to Mostert Street.
    Turn right onto Mostert Street and follow the road left into Albertus Street.
    Turn left down Buitenkant Street and right at the intersection into Darling Street.
    Run past the Castle of Good Hope and continue straight on Darling Street until it turns into Keizergracht Street.
    Turn right into Christiaan Street and follow the road all the way up to De Waal Drive. At the top, turn around and head back down Christiaan Street, turning left into Constitution Street.
    Run past the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, over De Villiers Street and left into Makenzie Road.
    Turn right onto Roeland Street and head down towards Parliament.
    Turn left in front of Parliament, heading up St. Johns Street.
    Avenue Street, just before Cape Town High School, marks the end of Lap 1.
    Turn right into Avenue Street and right again past T2 to start your 2nd lap of the run course.
    At the end of your 3rd lap, continue past Avenue Street and turn right onto the school fields of Cape Town High School.
    The last 300m will snake through the finish village on the sports field, passing numerous spectator zones before you hit the final straight.
    On the last corner you will pass the family meet zone where your loved ones can join you for the final 100m of red carpet to the finish line.


The City of Cape Town will host its first middle distance triathlon on Sunday, 10 November 2019.


CHALLENGECAPETOWN will comprise a 1.9km swim in Big Bay, a 90km cycle with three turning points along the coastal road that will end in the CBD, and a 21km run that will be completed over three laps in the Zonnebloem / District Six precinct. This is one of only a handful point-to-point events in the country, where the start and finish are in two different locations.


In an historic moment, the finish stretch of the cycle leg will see athletes sprinting along the iconic Government Avenue in the Company’s Garden - the first cycle race to do so.


Situated at the edge of the Company’s Garden and at the foot of Table Mountain, the Cape Town High School sports fields will be transformed into a spectator friendly finish line and race village on Race Day. The 7km run loop will become a hive of activity as spectators and supporters line the streets to watch all the race day action, while athletes will pass some of the City's historical buildings and iconic landmarks.


Top triathletes include Tim Don, Laura Siddall, Matt Trautman, Bradley Weiss, James Cunnama and Jeanni Seymour.


Big Bay - Cape Town City Centre, Western Cape
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ringmistress, Aug 28 2019 12:48

With just under three months until the red carpet is rolled out for CHALLENGECAPETOWN, the Mother City's first middle distance triathlon, some of the world's top international triathletes got a head-start to confirming their participation on 10 November.  
British triathlete Tim Don continues his incredible comeback tour, some two years after a devastating bike accident in Kailua-Kona left him with a broken C2 vertebra, and saw him spend several months in a halo brace to stabilize his neck and torso while the bones healed.
“I’m super excited to be racing CHALLENGECAPETOWN," shares Don. South Africa is endurance mad, and to be part of the first ever CHALLENGEFAMILY race here will be an amazing experience – right from the crazy swim in Big Bay with Table Mountain in the background, to the hustle and bustle of downtown Cape Town. I can’t wait!”
Shortly before his accident, the three-time Olympian had set set an Ironman world best of 7:40:23 in Brazil, and since returning to the tri arena, he has been laser focused on continuing his stellar career. He recently guided Dave Ellis to victory in the Paratriathlon World Cup.
Fellow UK triathlon champ Laura Siddall is equally excited to take her place in the pro race on 10 November, and return to the city she fell in love with 22 years ago.  “I'm really excited to be racing CHALLENGECAPETOWN in November. I first visited South Africa on a school sports tour back in 1997 and vowed to go back.The course looks simply awesome and I'm looking forward to getting there and spending some time in Cape Town and South Africa.”
Meanwhile, Capetonian Matt Trautman - gold medalist in 13 middle distance, and 2 full distance triathlons - can't wait to race in front of a home crowd. “A middle distance triathlon in the Mother City has been a long time coming. It’s going to be a privilege to share this beautiful backdrop with competitors from around the world and kick-start the South African triathlon season in style.”
They will be joined by a host of other top triathletes including XTERRA world champ Bradley Weiss, James Cunnama - who recently won IM 70.3 Nice - and Jeanni Seymour (USA), who recently clocked a Sub-9 IM debut at the North American Champs, with even more top ranked athletes joining the pro start list on a daily basis. 
"I am absolutely thrilled to welcome such a strong elite field to our inaugural race," says CHALLENGECAPETOWN race director, Gary Marescia." Staging this event is a dream come true, not only for the organising team at WorldSport, but something the triathlon community in Cape Town has been waiting for.
CHALLENGECAPETOWN will comprise a 1.9km swim in Big Bay, a 90km cycle with three turning points along the coastal road that will end with a thrilling finish sprint through the Company's Garden, and a 21km run that will be completed over three laps in the Zonnebloem / District Six precinct - passing some of the City's historical buildings and iconic landmarks in the process. 
Online entries are currently open at For regular updates, follow @challengecapetowntri on Facebook and Instagram, and @challengectn on Twitter. Race queries may be sent to 


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DieselnDust, Aug 28 2019 08:43

oh great! thats all we need, more runners cycling around in compression socks

Dadbod Racing, Aug 28 2019 09:10

Looking forward to this, defo going to spectate.