We have had many riders “on the wrong side of 65” approach us wanting to ride in the Tour, but who were worried they’d be left out on their own and too far off the pace every day.
And so, we’ve roped in some more help from our friends at the Road Ranger motorbike marshals who have offered to assist in getting the “pensioners group” home every day and provide traffic protection.
The Grumpy Old Men will take off last every day and they will be forced to remain together as a bunch.
If you are older than 65, and fancy yourself as a racing snake, you can still ride in the normal open/seeded bunches with all the other age groups mixed in together or with the 50+ masters racing category.
Most Grumpy Old Men who approached us were able to do a 4 hour Cape Town Cycle Tour. Riders who are within the 4 hour 30 minute Cycle Tour window, or believe that they can get there if they train properly, are invited to enter. It is, however, an absolute prerequisite to commit to a significant training regime to ensure you can manage multiple days on the bike comfortably.
The Grumpy Old Men bunch will be limited to 50 riders. When you do your entry, there is a Grumpy Old Men (65+) category which you have to select.