THE FAMOUS RAPPORT TOUR IS BACK!
From 7-11 March 2021 the famous Rapport Tour returns to the world cycling stage, placing the magnifying glass on the beauty of the Western Cape and South Africa as a tourist destination and the Rainbow Nation’s hosting capacity.
Following an absence of 20 years, the Rapport Tour returns in 2021 as a five-stage race in the Western Cape.
“The Tour staging coincides with the 50-year anniversary celebrations of Rapport newspaper and we will also present the Rapport Classic, a single day fun ride with distance options over 115km and 60km open to the public on the first day of the Tour in Paarl on 7 March 2021,” said Mauritz Meyer from the Hectic Promotions non-profit organising company.
“This gives everyone the opportunity to get on their bikes and celebrate the return of the Tour. We are very excited and really look forward to the presentation.”
The Rapport Tour is a household name in cycling all over the world. It was staged from 1973-2000. The rebirth will invoke lots of emotion and bring back many fond memories for South African sporting fans.
No other tour has managed to vest itself sustainably as South Africa’s signature cycling tour. Even today Wikipedia hails the Rapport Tour as the only fully-fledged international cycling tour South Africa has ever presented.
The 2021 Tour is based in the Cape Winelands for the first four stages and then goes onto Cape Town for the final stage time trial.
7 March 2021: Stage 1 (122km): Stage 1 circumvents Paarl on its way to Malmesbury, before heading to Durbanville and routing back to Paarl via the Suidagter Paarl Road.
8 March 2021: Stage 2 (130km): Stage 2 rides from Paarl to Wellington, Hermon, Malmesbury and back to Paarl to finish on Van Riebeeck Roa
9 March 2021: Stage 3 (156km): Paarl through Franshhoek, over the Franschhoek Pass, through Villiersdorp and Rawsonville before returning to Paarl via Du Toits Kloof Pass, finishing at the top of the Du Toits Kloof Pass.
10 March 2021: Stage 4 (136km): Stage 4 starts in Paarl and climbs the Du Toit’s Kloof Pass before turning left into the Slanghoek Valley and returning to Paarl via Bains Kloof and Wellington, finishing at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument.
11 March 2021: Stage 5 (6km): Stage 5 is a hill climb time trail up to Signal Hill in Cape Town, affording spectators a ring side seat to the grand finale.
“With the final day in Cape Town two days before the Cape Town Cycle Tour, we’re expecting a nice spectator turn-out. The Cape Town stage has been designed with this in mind and spectators are likely to line the climb from bottom to top,” said Meyer.
The Rapport Tour will see participation from South Africa’s top professionals as well as a host of international riders.
The Tour will constitute the most spectated and followed cycling event in South African cycling, courtesy of significant media buy-in on numerous media platforms and, in particular, Rapport newspaper who will afford the Tour significant exposure.
While the Rapport Tour had to function in isolation for many years during its existence, the 2021 Tour is presented in conjunction with the World Cycling Union (UCI) and we have secured participation of numerous top international cyclists who want to showcase their talent against the best South African professionals, provided Covid-19 travel restrictions have been relaxed.
If the restrictions are still in place, the tour will be staged with local riders only.
RELEASED BY HECTIC PROMOTIONS (NPC), ON BEHALF OF THE RAPPORT TOUR.
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