The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust has made lemonade out of lemons after being forced to cancel the 40th annual Cape Town Cycle Tour due to astounding weather conditions no one could have predicted.
The organisation pledged to donate goods to help battle the effects of fires which broke out in Imizamo Yethu near Hout bay on Saturday killing 9 people and destroying close to 650 structures in the informal settlement.
In a statement detailing the reasons for cancelling the race, the organisation said, “We are humbled by the outpouring of offers to assist and donate food, product and resources to those in need as a result of us stopping this Cycle Tour.”
The blaze, which occurred near what would have been a crucial leg in the race, was one of the reasons for which organisers decided to cancel the contest.
Incredible scenes ensued at the Foreshore starting line of the race with many participants being unable to even hold their bicycles, let alone pedal, due to the severity of the south easterly wind.
Video footage (below) caught by iAfricanews/Erik Kritzinger shows just how intensely this halted proceedings.
The last time wind played a role in cancelling the race was in 2009 when officials deemed the conditions “too hazardous”. Many are drawing parallels between the two instances, begging questions of whether the race should be moved to later in the year so as to account for the frantic Western Cape Weather.
Cyclists have pooled their efforts and provisions for those affected by the fire are being collected by the Thula Thula Hout Bay organisation.