My afib Cape Town Cycle Tour
Cape Town Cycle Tour


This will be my 6th Cape Town Cycle Tour. Will I beat my best time of 04:09:01 in 2014, and does my 2,5mg Bisoprolol taking AFIB heart slow me down?

Last year I did not take part in the short “fire” race, but this year I am ready to take on the 109km. I’m very happy and blessed to have received an entry for the Cape Town Cycle Tour of 2016, after the announcement of the new entry procedure.

Does anyone have enough time to train? It was the same this year, I felt that I just did not train enough.

With work, children, work again, blog/website, other meetings, school meetings, work again, some squash games, chores around the house, driving children to all sorts of activities, it was difficult to do more than an hour and a half every second day. Many days I missed my bike, and in January, I missed a whole week.

So for January, I did 452km and February 420km. About 90% of that was on a mountain bike in the Free State. OK! and I know the lack of mountains in the Free State are obvious, but what can I do, I live here.

This year I’m going for a sub 04:00:00, and that means anything quicker than four hours will work for me. Are there people only working four hours per week? Yes! I have read the Tim Ferriss Four Hour Work Week book, and I hope to achieve it one day.

Sorry for that, just got sidetracked by that four- hour target. My best time of 04:09:01 timed by Racetec in 2014 was so so close, but yet so far.

Many of my Mountain Bike buddies have done the Cape Town Cycle Tour under 4 hours, and some sub 3:30 with their mountain bikes! Yes I hope you feel sorry for me because sometimes I ride with them and they only go on and on, on those bikes of them. I have done the last 3 Cape Town Cycle Tour races on an old Raleigh RC3000.

My plan is to use the Raleigh the last time this year, break the four hours and then do a nice slow site seeing tour next year on my mountain bike. The Cape Town Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycle race in the world, about 35 000 people take part in it every year. I think it is the most beautiful race, but I cannot say in the world because I have not done any race outside of South Africa yet. Below is a photo taken in 2011 from Table Mountain in Cape Town during the Cape Town Cycle Tour weekend.

Cape Town Table Mountain
Cape Town Table Mountain

Does my Bisoprolol and enlarged right atrium make me slower? I do not know because the larger atrium has been there for, I believe from my birth, and I have been using Bisoprolol for many years. I have read that a side effect can be lassitude, but it is difficult for me to say because I have been using it so long. Truth be told, after about 100km on my bike I do get a bit lazy to push those pedals down.

Actually, I do not care that much if it slows me down because I’m just happy to be AFIB free for the past two plus years and able to do things like the beautiful “Argus” as it is known by most of the “old” Cape Town Cycle Tour cyclist.



  1. Hi there. I came across your blog while searching for runners/cyclists with afib. Interesting blog thank you. I’m a 47 year old runner who lives in Johannesburg. Two failed ablations later I still have PAF but run approx 30-40ks a week. Training for London marathon at the moment I will never be a fast runner again as I have to take it slow. On bad days I may have to abort a run when hr goes to 210. It mostly doesn’t go over 120, not sure if that’s because of meds (flec and verapamil). But after London I think I may have to put on the brakes a bit. Great to read your story.

    1. Hallo Gerry

      Will the doctors do a third ablation? I read an interesting blog post of Dr John M.
      He says Ablations are overused in the US. You might find that post interesting.
      Could your AF be linked to your running? There is research out there that says ultra athletes are prone to get AF.

      I really hope you find the right combination of exercise/food/doctor/meds/ and lifestyle to keep you out of AFIB.

      I was training for the Cape Cycle Tour this past weekend, but it was blown away! I’m disappointed but they made the right decision.

      Thanx for the message.

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