CT Cycle Tour 2019: 'It was tougher than it's been for a number of years'

Race director Dave Bellairs chats to Kieno Kammies about Sunday's cycle tour which saw New Zealand mountain biker Sam Gaze winning the 41st edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour in a time of 02:39:42.

Investec-Songo rider Cherise Willeit took the women's title for the fourth time, in a time of 2:16:11.

Read: Sam Gaze and Cherise Willeit the winners of 2019 CT Cycle Tour

One man sadly died after collapsing on Smitwinkel.

Despite wind concerns during the week, Bellairs says the race went well.

We were in a state of limbo in the earlier part of the week when we saw those winds come up. There were structures that ended up in the moat at the castle.

Dave Bellairs, Race director - Cape Town Cycle Tour

For those folk that woke up and decided to get onto that bike, they had a good time. It was tough, it was certainly tougher than it's been for a number of years, but there were some big smiles at the end and some very exhausted people.

Dave Bellairs, Race director - Cape Town Cycle Tour

He thanks all those involved in helping make it happen, and especially to Pick nPay and his team.

He emphasises that the CT Cycle Tour is not a commercially run operation, but rather a charitable trust.

It generates money for charity.

Dave Bellairs, Race director - Cape Town Cycle Tour

It is also a large generator for the economy.

We estimate that about half a billion rand is put back into the Western Cape economy.

Dave Bellairs, Race director - Cape Town Cycle Tour

R8 to R10 million is donated to charity.

Dave Bellairs, Race director - Cape Town Cycle Tour

All the marshalls are volunteers he notes.

The event is really an event of the heart.

Dave Bellairs, Race director - Cape Town Cycle Tour

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Photographs: Courtesy Clive Maasch


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