The devasting fires that have affected Cape Town over the past few days has led to the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour being shortened to just 47 km and cutting out the much loved Chapman’s Peak section. The race is normally 109km long and due to the fires, organisers have asked participants to make it a “Show You Care Solidarity Ride”.
Here’s the new shorter route.
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According to David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, the safety of cyclists along Chapman’s Peak cannot be guaranteed so they are not including it as part of the race.
“On Sunday cyclists won’t see pristine scenery as they make their way down the shortened route. They should see the smouldering landscape as a source of inspiration and pride because it represents the heroism of the men and women who have – very literally – put their bodies in the line of fire. The ride remains a celebration of Cape Town and this wonderful Peninsula on the southern tip of Africa. The Cape Town Cycle Tour will go on because, as the fighting spirit of the people of Cape Town has demonstrated, nothing can take it away from us – not even fire”. [TimesLIVE]
I like that they are making it a solidarity and tribute ride to those affected by the fire.