Cape Cycle Tour route shortened due to fire

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FILE image of cyclists taking part in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in Roggebaai, Cape Town, March 2011.

FILE image of cyclists taking part in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in Roggebaai, Cape Town, March 2011.

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FILE image of cyclists taking part in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in Roggebaai, Cape Town, March 2011.

FILE image of cyclists taking part in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in Roggebaai, Cape Town, March 2011.

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CAPE TOWN - Organisers of the Cape Town Cycle Tour announced on Wednesday that the popular race route has been shorten due the extensive fire which has ravaged Cape Town.

Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, David Bellairs, said this year’s race will be a 47km circular route instead of the traditional 109km. Chapman’s Peak has been excluded from this year’s event set to be held on Sunday.

“Having carefully assessed all available information, it has become clear that the safety of cyclists cannot be guaranteed on Chapman’s Peak.

“This is largely as a result of the extensive fire which has destroyed vegetation responsible for retaining the mountainside above Chapman’s Peak. 

“Furthermore, the heat has caused rocks to expand making them unstable and in some instances rock falls have occurred,” Bellairs said in a press statement issued on Wednesday.

The new route starts from the City Centre with cyclists riding on the M3 towards Muizenberg, where they will turnaround head back to a slightly altered finish in Green Point.

“The Cape Town Cycle Tour is a celebration of good times for the 35 000 people who participate in the event.

“This week we have seen people from all walks of life responding to the fires and we know that people of this great province don’t only come together for good times but also come together when there is a crisis.

“We share the concerns of the local community and join in rallying behind these brave firefighters,” read the statement.

Cape Town Cycle Tour has been held for 38 years and this will be the first time the route has been reduced.