The Cape Town Cycle Tour is the biggest timed bicycle race in the world. As many as 35,000 riders were set to participate in the event in South Africa’s biggest city. However, it had to be cancelled when terrible winds blew through the race, causing bikes to topple over.
Organizers of the race released a statement following the cancellation of the Cycle Tour citing concerns for injuries. In addition to the strong winds, a fire had also broken out near the route of the event as well as protests.
“Our priority first and foremost will always be the safety of all our participants and the risk of injury and potential fatality at the start, at the finish and on Chapman’s Peak warranted this extremely difficult decision. Furthermore, we only made the decision after endeavoring to mitigate all risks to keep the event open,” the statement said.