The team at the Cape Town Cycle Tour are closely monitoring the situation around the Covid-19 pandemic, while at the same time continuing with preparations to host a responsible and carefully planned tour for you to participate in, in March 2021.
We continue to have regular engagements with all of the relevant roleplayers and we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to present a limited edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour in March 2021 – but with some significant differences.
We have made the decision to delay any announcement around entries until early in the New Year when the situation around the current pandemic has become clearer. We envisage the 2021 Cape Town Cycle Tour to be significantly different in its format compared with previous editions – this is in order to ensure that we host the tour in a responsible manner which is acceptable to all our stakeholders: Participants, sponsors, relevant authorities and of course the residents of Cape Town.
What do we anticipate the event will look like for 2021? Here are a few of the key changes we are planning:
• Entries will be significantly reduced for March 2021 and the final entry numbers will be based on the Covid-19 situation and the health & safety regulations as determined in January 2021. Current indications are that we may only be able to accept 50% of our normal entry numbers.
• A comprehensive set of Covid-19 protocols will be in place over the full route including the start and finish areas to minimize risks of viral transmission.
• Cyclists will start, using a revised format, over a period of 4 hours to maximise social distancing. The sequence will follow a rolling “arrive to start and finish to leave” format.
• There will be NO gathering on the Grand Parade or at the finish precinct in Green Point. Riders will instead be allocated a starting window and thus a rolling start will be in effect. Once finished, riders will receive their medal and proceed to leave the finish precinct and head home.
• Water stations will no longer have cups and hydration will be dispensed directly into participants’ water bottles.
• There will be no “goodie bag” for this edition of the event.
• A limited and strictly controlled Registration and Expo is in planning – access to this will be limited to participants only.
• The roads around the Cape Peninsula will remain closed on the day with all of the usual safety protocols in place.
• Despite the changes envisaged and subject to official permissions, the 2021 edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour promises to be as exciting and as spectacular as any other edition and we hope to be able to welcome you on the day.
As a reminder, the Cape Town Cycle Tour is a charitable event that has at its core the communities of our city and country at heart. Over the past 15 years the Cape Town Cycle Tour has raised and distributed through its beneficiaries, the Pedal Power Association and Rotary Club of Claremont, in excess of R100 million. For many community-based organizations and projects the funds they receive from the Cycle Tour are crucial for the continuance of their good work.
With this in mind we believe that it is not just possible, but also important, to host the Cape Town Cycle Tour in a manner that is both responsible and enjoyable whilst complying with the strict safety precautions and protocols required to combat the spread of Covid-19.
So, while you keep training in anticipation of the most celebrated and enjoyable ride on the cycling calendar, we will continue with our planning to bring you the 43rd edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour on closed roads around the grandest peninsula in the world.
Stay safe and be responsible,
The Cape Town Cycle Tour organising team