When Cycling is Your Life
The Rapport Tour is a household name in cycling all over the world. It was staged from 1973-2000.
From 7-11 March 2021 the famous Rapport Tour returns to the world cycling stage, placing the magnifying glass on the beauty of Western Cape and South Africa as a tourist attraction and the Rainbow Nation’s hosting capability.
Following an absence of 20 years, the Rapport Tour returns in 2021 as a five-stage race in the Western Cape and the staging is set to invoke lots of emotion and bring back many fond memories for South African sporting fans.
The Tour staging coincides with the 50-year anniversary celebrations of Rapport newspaper and we will also present the Rapport Classic, a 115km/60km single day fun ride open to the on the first day of the Tour on 7 March 2021, should Covid-19 restrictions be lifted to allow it.
No other tour has managed to vest itself sustainably as South Africa’s signature cycling tour. Even today when one googles the Rapport Tour, Wikipedia hails it 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 the goes onto Cape Town for the final stage time trial.
Read more about the Stages
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
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
rides from Paarl to Wellington, Hermon, Malmesbury and back to Paarl to finish on Van Riebeeck Road.
9 March 2021: Stage 3
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 pass.
10 March 2021: 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 Afrikaans Taalmonument.
11 March 2021: 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.
RAPPORT CLASSIC SINGLE DAY FUN RIDE - 7 MARCH 2021
The tour gives spectators, fans and amateur riders the chance to participate on the first day of the tour with the staging of the Rapport Classic in Paarl, which offers two ride options over distances of 115km and 60km. Both distance options are presented on routes on which the terrain varies between flat and mildly undulating. It presents a great opportunity as a final training ride before the Cape Town Cycle Tour ride. The 115km also represents the first stage of the Rapport Tour, with the exception of a short loop on the outskirts of Durbanville, which has been left out of the Rapport Classic.