The 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour will facilitate a Women’s only Invitational start group in Glencairn on Sunday. This is after a request from Cycling South Africa’s Women’s Commission and following extensive discussion with representatives of The Cape Town Cycle Tour.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour newsflash* today stated that all Elite and U23 Women that have been seeded into the % start group will have the option to start at a new revised start area on the corner of Main Road and Blackhill Road/Glencairn Expressway. The start time for the Invitational will be at 06:30 – light permitting – and the approximate distance is 76 kilometres.
“It is important to note that the prize monies and title for the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour will be awarded to the winner of this start group. The U23 category title will also be awarded to a participant from this group. For the sake of clarity, should an U23 rider win the event, they will receive both the overall winners’ title as well as the U23 title.
“All other age category awards will go to those participants in the traditional 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour.
“Details around the support vehicles for the Invitational race will be conveyed and confirmed at the managers meeting, with the Chief Commissaire, which will be held at the Cullinan Hotel on Saturday 11 March at 14:00.”
Cycling South Africa acknowledges the commitment and dedication of the Women’s Commission in driving the need for a separate start for the women’s race. The Women’s Commission plays an important role in the development and growth of women’s cycling in South Africa. This is a significant step in addressing the needs of women cyclists.
Together with the Cape Town Cycle Tour, we extend our thanks to the City of Cape Town for facilitating the request.
We wish all participants a safe race on Sunday!