Cape Town - Excessive
winds in the Boland region caused Stage 4 of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope
to be cancelled shortly after the start from La Paris Estate near Paarl on Thursday.
decision was made by president commissaire Sammy Hardine, on behalf of Cycling
South Africa, after consulting his team and the organisers following reports of
dangerous riding conditions, particularly on the Du Toitskloof and Bain’s
a managers’ meeting to explain their decision, Hardine said their primary
concern in calling off the stage had been the riders’ safety.
morning was very windy and lots of questions were asked, but after speaking to
my panel and the organisers it was decided the stage would go ahead,” he said.
had hoped that if we could get to the other side of the mountain there would be
fair conditions for racing.
soon after the 10km neutral zone I was advised by race director Darren Herbst,
who was on top of the mountain, that the conditions were extreme.”
said they would monitor the situation before making a call on tomorrow’s final
on behalf of ASG Events, Herbst said it had been a difficult decision to cancel
emphasised the point that the riders’ safety had been their chief concern.
really windy down here at the start but times that by 10 and that’s what you
are getting on the passes.”
sales and marketing chief Chris Luyt, who is riding in the race, said he felt
the right decision had been made.
is disappointing, but you can’t control nature and I support the commissaires’
call,” he said.
also want to use the opportunity to ask the motorists to have patience with the
riders during the race, which is bringing in between R20m and R30m of revenue
to the region.”
cancellation of the stage means South Africa’s premier road classic, presented
by the City of Drakenstein and Scicon, will be decided over four stages.
wished everyone luck for Friday’s final day, which will see the riders finish
at the Taal Monument above Paarl after a relatively short 86.7km stage.
Touch’s Myles van Musschenbroek and dormakaba’s Candice Lill will begin the
final day in yellow.