Matt Damon is the most high-profile VIP to be riding in the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour today, together with 35000 other cyclists.

The Cape Argus reports that Francois Pienaar, ex-Springbok Rugby captain,  inspired Damon to participate in the Cycle Race.  Damon plays Pienaar in the movie ‘The Human Factor’, which is about the 1995 Rugby World Cup win for South Africa, and is being filmed in Cape Town at the moment.   Pienaar climbed Mount Kilimanjaro this past week, only to come back and get on his bicycle and participate in the Cycle Tour, all in aid of charity.

The Cycle Tour has been successfully hosted in Cape Town for many years, and is estimated to contribute R 400 million to the economy of Cape Town and the Western Cape through entry fees, accommodation and restaurant costs, and travel costs.   Part of the monies generated by the race will go to charities.    The Tour also plays an important tourism marketing role for the city and its environs. 

For the first time in a number of years, the Cycle Tour will go through Chapman’s Peak, but only after the cyclists have signed an indemnity absolving the race organisers from any responsibility.