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Mr Muffin was due to start his 20th Argus Cycle Tour one hour before me, so to while away the time before entering my starting chute I took refuge from the hurricane in a sleazy cafeteria. The type with greasy tables, cracked tiles and the sign that says ‘Credit only given to people over the age of 70 accompanied by both parents’.

The coffee was good though. As was the people-watching. A bepimpled teenager in cycling shorts and a pink tutu ordered and ate a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich with chips. I wondered if he would vomit on Hospital Bend or if he’d be able to hold it in until Wynberg Hill.

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This chap needed directions to his chute. Must be related to kachasu with that dead animal getup.

He obviously found his way as the good folk at Cape Town Daily Photo discovered (bottom left).

On my way to the start I noticed that Bartholomew Diaz was rather smugly enjoying the post-dawn plight of lycra-clad windswept humans clinging desperately to their steeds.

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That white thing in the background is Table Mountain.

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About 600 of us were in the PB group. We should have set off at 8:48, but because so many riders in earlier groups were blown off their bikes in the Hertzog Boulevard windtunnel, our start was delayed to 9.37. Of the 73 start groups, only 2 made it through the first 100m without anyone crashing. Charming.

I spent six hours in the saddle looking for Matt Damon and Francois Pienaar. As did loads of poppies on the side of the road, with badly made signs saying “MATT DAMON! FREE MASSAGE HERE!! NO JOKES!!!!!!!!

Finally, the finish.

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 And the beer tent. We call it Compost Corner. Because you just stand in one place and drink till you get vrot. Late Final, the best party band in Cape Town, was playing. Loudly. Thousands of shattered cyclists bopped, waved their beer bottles and sang along to Creedence, ZZ Top, Pink Floyd, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits and Katie Perry. They even sang Happy Birthday to Mr Muffin.t-shirtthleaf1 

The Good: The people in Cape Town are amazing. Despite seriously grotty weather, the roads were lined with spectators, cheering every passing cyclist. They were as sunburnt, windblown and exhausted as we were. But they were still there at three in the afternoon, drinking beer, smiling and waving tatty banners. Thank you.

The Bad: I can’t believe how many cyclists were listening to iPods and talking on cellphones while cycling in very dangerous conditions. Do they live in this world?

The Ugly: I have a cold sore on my kisser. I feel like Oprah on Botox. I make Mick Jagger look like a thin-lipped viper.

Next year? I’ll be back. Wouldn’t miss it.

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This morning I was rudely awakened by this apparition clumping around the house:

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It’s a long time since I’ve gone ‘for a drive’.  Saturday morning saw us doing just that.  We started by making our way to Signal Hill, and I was rather impressed how it has been upgraded.  There is a proper lookout deck, a manned information kiosk, and toilets (seriously stinky, but toilets nonetheless). 

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I had a ‘piphany. It was like one of those 3 a.m. ones, except that it was closer to 3 p.m. On Sunday.

We had escaped to Betty’s Bay for a weekend of slouching around in our comfies, with no cellphones or television. Just books* and copious amounts of dark chocolate and red wine.

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For nineteen consecutive years Two Oceans has been run on Good Friday by runners who choose not to run races on Saturday for religious reasons.

The main differences between the Friday run and the Saturday run, are that the roads are not closed and there are no refreshment stations.  On Friday, runners are allowed assistance from a ‘second’, providing them with water and energy drinks.  As there are no marshals to guide the runners, competitors must ensure that they are familiar with the route, because if they get lost, they are really on their own.

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The second International Friendship Run was held on Good Friday, 21 March. Two Oceans runners from over 60 countries were invited to take a leisurely trot through the Cape Town city centre, past historical landmarks and key points of interest. 

Starting at the Good Hope Centre, the participants meandered through the Company Gardens, past the Museum and Planetarium, into Bo-Kaap, and finished in the Waterfront. 

Loads of vibrant colour and smiles ahead of The Big Day.

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The numbered green blocks are approximately where the pics were taken:

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