Despite the deaths, cyclists enjoyed perfect conditions.
THE deaths of two cyclists, one in a pile-up and the other one of a suspected heart attack, marred an otherwise perfect Cape Town Cycle Tour.
In one incident, just before 9am, a 40-year-old cyclist, on the M3 southbound, was involved in a pile-up with a group of 20 cyclists.
“His family has asked that we respect their privacy at this time and we will not be releasing his name,” Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust marketing, media and sponsorship director David Bellairs, said.
Details of the accident remain sketchy. The event’s organisers have extended their condolences to the family.
In the other incident, a male participant died of a suspected heart attack at Smitswinkel Bay at about 10.20am.
Despite this, the perfect weather conditions across the Mother City yesterday was a talking point among most riders.
“We needed to be responsive in respect of 2017’s challenges and looked to mitigate the wind risk. Fortunately we were blessed with perfect cycling weather today,” Bellairs said.
Over 35 000 participants descended on the Cape Town Grand Parade yesterday, the new starting point for the Cape Town Cycle Tour. The traditional Foreshore starting point was cancelled due to the severe windy weather conditions that saw last year’s event called off.
“It’s definitely great to be here. The weather, of course, is making up for last year and thousands of cyclists are joining us and I’d like to welcome each and every one of them to the Mother City,” Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, said.
Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde took part in the tour yesterday.
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