Cyclists Arrive at the Table Bay Hotelon March 12, 2010
We joined the Argus Expo mania this morning at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The team had a couple of hours to spare and get the odd item they might need for Sunday’s race. Some returned with small items that would fit into their backpacks while cyclist Hennie Fourie returned with a whole new bike! (And I thought that the ladies were the ones that needed to be monitored when it comes to shopping!)
After everyone admired their shiny, new toys from the Expo, we headed towards the Table Bay Hotel after the cyclists completed a victory lap around the V&A Waterfront, ending at the Table Bay Hotel. We were met by Cape Town’s Executive Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson, Sun International representatives, the media and a long row of the smiling faces of hotel staff, who welcomed us like long lost family while seeing to our every need. The cyclists were overwhelmed by the red carpet treatment they received.
After congratulating the riders on their achievement, Executive Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson thanked them for their contribution towards charity and wished them all the best for the Pick ‘n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour. Miss SA felt moved to offer heartfelt congratulations to the cyclists and expressed her admiration for their participation in this project. Due to the success of this project, R50 000 was donated to Nazareth House.
Television interviews took place and I’m sure that the cyclists felt like celebrities while cameras were flashing away. They were all extremely eager, however, to slip their feet into the soft, comfortable Table Bay Hotel slippers presented to them and relax.
Today might have been the end of a chapter in our lives as the 2010 Cycle Challenge drew to a close but all of the participants have taken with them a little piece of magic as they walk away with memories that will, indeed, last a lifetime. We’ll part ways on Monday after the Argus but I am certain that everyone will be marking off the days on their calendar until next year’s Cycle Challenge! To everyone taking part in the Argus on Sunday, we wish you all the best and keep those wheels turning!