The possibility of changing the date of the Cycle Tour would also be up for discussion. In what was a Cycle Tour first on Sunday, event organisers were forced to put the brakes on the colossal tournament, in its 40th year, minutes before a sea of 35 000 cyclists were set to take to the cordoned-off streets of the Cape Peninsula.
Gale force winds at times reached close to 100km below the Cape Town Civic Centre concourse where the Cycle Tour starts. The threats of protests and the risk of smoke inhalation from fires also forced the race organisers’ hand.
“We know the Civic Centre area is a potential problem area by now,” event director Dave Bellairs told the Cape Argus on Sunday. “However, I don’t think it’s a crisis because obviously the wind is not something we can do anything about.
“In 2009, which was the other windy year, we were able to get everybody from start to finish. But again, moving the starting line is something that would need to be tabled and discussed and could very well be a possibility.”