Cancelling the Cycle Tour was the toughest decision ever - race director

For the first time in history, organisers of the 40th Cape Argus Cycle tour had to cancel the race due to unforeseen circumstances.

The race was initially shortened to 78 km due to damage to certain sections of the route as well as fears of protests that broke out on Saturday night.

However, on Sunday morning after some of the race groups had started in extremely high winds on the foreshore, a decision was made to cancel the event altogether.

Cape Argus Cycle Tour Race Director and CEO, Davis Ballairs says cancelling the event was one of the toughest decisions he's had to make.

We know that a lot of people have come a long way to participate and to simply call off the event is not something we would do... this was going to be a different discussion if someone was blown off Chapmans Peak.

Davis Ballairs, Cape Argus Cycle Tour Race Director and CEO

Listen to the rest of the conversation below:

Rob McNeilly refused to give up on the race even though he was been blown away by the wind. McNeilly travelled all the way from Britain to take part in the race and made a decision to finish it. Listen to McNeilly talk to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about the race.

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