Cape Town Cycle Tour: what you need to know
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The second attempt at the 40th Cape Town Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday, 11 March 2018. Last year’s event was cancelled for the first time since the event’s inception due to winds in excess of 100km/h.
The Berman Brothers would like to wish all the cyclists, supporters and organisers well for the weekend ahead. Please be considerate of the water crisis and reduce water consumption as much as possible.
Cape Town Cycle Tour Route
The Cape Town Cycle Tour will start at the Grand Parade Precinct and make its way down the N2/M3 towards Newlands. Cyclists will pass through Constantia and Tokai on their way to Muizenberg. From there, the route travels through Kalk Bay, Simon’s Town and around the Cape Point. Heading north again, the scenic ride passes through Misty Cliffs and Noordhoek before beginning the stunning but gruelling ascent through Chapman’s Peak. The riders will then make their way through Hout Bay, Llandudno and Camps Bay before reaching Sea Point. The race comes to an end at the Green Point Stadium at 5pm.
The size of the event means that many roads have to be blocked off to traffic and pedestrians. Major roads such as the N2, M3 and Chapman’s Peak will be closed to traffic at different times of the day, so if you are staying in an area such as Llandudno that needs these routes to get in and out, make sure you plan ahead and have alternative arrangements. Get a full breakdown of road closures and times.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour has pledged to use zero litres of water from the municipal supply. The organisers have purchased three million litres of clean spring water from non-drought areas and will feed it back into the City of Cape Town’s water grid to offset the volume used during the duration of the cyclists’ stay.
“Eliminating the event’s reliance on municipal drinking water will be achieved through a variety of strategies. These include bringing water in from upcountry for drinking and ice on the route and using locally-produced desalinated water for all cleansing purposes. Water stations along the route will be reduced to the 14 essential from a medical point of view,” says Cape Town Cycle Tour Director David Bellairs.
An estimated 15 000 riders will participate in this year’s Cycle Tour from outside the Western Cape, including international entrants. “As we have their details on our system, we are able to communicate directly with them to ensure they understand the severity of the drought situation in Cape Town. Those travelling by road to the Cape will be encouraged to bring sufficient drinking water with them for their own daily consumption,” explained Bellairs.
A charity event
For the past 41 years, the Cape Town Cycle Tour has been a not-for-profit event, raising over R109 million for the Rotary Club of Claremont and the Pedal Power Association. This year, more than R10 million will be donated to the two charities and other partnering charities. The Western Cape’s economy is said to receive an injection of R500 million as a direct result of the event.
The decision to go ahead with this year’s event was a tough one to make but the overall economic benefit for the province and the charities outweighed the impact on the water supply. This is due to the organisers careful planning to make the Cycle Tour a zero-litre event.
In addition to the steps outlined above, the organisers have put in place the following initiatives to ensure the Cape Town Cycle Tour is off the water grid:
- All suppliers will sign service level agreements to specifying their usage and where the water comes from. No suppliers may use water for the event that comes directly off the municipal water grid.
- The event has 360 toilets that are utilised throughout the event. Sanitech is the service provider and all water used for the toilets will be greywater obtained from various treatment plants.
- Waterless soap solutions are being provided as opposed to wash basins for handwashing.
- Spectators along the route will be monitored to ensure there is no spraying down of cyclists or portable pools in use on the day.
- All water ballast previously used for weighing down structures has been changed to cement blocks.
- All refreshment station water will be privately supplied and will not come from the city’s water grid. There will also be clearly marked grey water bins where excess water can be deposited and taken to a water treatment plant after the event.
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