The organisers of the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour, which takes place this weekend, have confirmed that the tour will be shortened due to the fires that have broken out in the South Peninsula since Sunday. The decision to shorten the tour came after extensive consultations with the disaster management, the City of Cape Town, and consulting engineers.
David Bellairs, Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, mentioned that the race route will exclude the famous Chapman’s Peak route, and will finish in Green Point. Usually, the tour is 109 kilometres long but this weekend’s race will be 47 kilometres long.
The detour option onto Ou Kaapse Weg was considered, but medical experts advised against it.
It will be unsafe to put people on Ou Kaapse Weg with the kind of wind that is expected this weekend and ash from the fire
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This article first appeared on 702 : 47km instead of the usual 109km for the Cape Town Cycle Tour