South African Cycling

UCT protests force Cape Epic prologue to move

2016-02-19 12:57
2015 Cape Epic Stage 5 (Gary Perkin/SPORTZPICS)

Cape Town - The Absa Cape Epic Prologue will be moving from its planned venue at the University of Cape Town to Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.

The decision follows consultation between the race management and the police over recent protests at UCT and the potential for further instability.

The Prologue takes place on March 13 and was scheduled to start and finish on the UCT campus. 

“It is unfortunate to make the move at this late stage, but we have to prioritise the safety of all of our stakeholders and heed the advice that we have received,” said Absa Cape Epic Chief Executive Officer Lynn Naudé.

The event on the day would be attended by riders, spectators, sponsor representatives, media, staff and crew.

Meerendal previously hosted the Absa Cape Epic Prologue in 2013 and 2014 and contains a network of mountain bike trails and other suitable facilities. 

“We are very grateful to Meerendal owner Herman Coertze for agreeing to host us,” said Naudé.

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