Monday, 13 March 2017 - 7:15
South African cycle race cancelled after winds and fire make course too dangerous
High winds forced Cape Town to cancel its annual cycle tour on Sunday as gales threatened to knock riders off their bikes and organisers warned that fires threatened the route.
Cyclists preparing for the Cape Town Cycle Tour struggled to hold onto their super-lightweight bikes as they were caught up in strong gusts, foreign media states.
Winds reached 100km/h on some parts of the course used for the event which is the largest individual time race in the world, organisers said in a statement.
There were also fears that fires which have spread across the region in recent days could also have threatened the ride, the 40th time that it has been held in the city on South Africa’s west coast.
It is the first time that the tour, which was expected to attract 35,000 cyclists, has been cancelled.