CT Cycle Tour dubbed 'Show You Care Solidarity Ride'

The traditional race route, which incorporates Chapman's Peak Drive, has been shortened to 47 kilometres.

FILE: Sunday’s Cape Town Cycle Tour has been dubbed the 'Show You Care Solidarity Ride' in support of those affected by the blaze. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - Sunday's Cape Town Cycle Tour has been dubbed the 'Show You Care Solidarity Ride' in support of those affected by the blaze.

The traditional race route which incorporates Chapman's Peak Drive has been shortened from the usual 109 kilometres to 47 kilometres.

Having carefully assessed all available information, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust says it had no other option but to shorten this year's race.

The trust's David Bellairs says the safety of cyclists could not be guaranteed if Chapman's Peak and the backup route of Ou Kaapse Weg were used for this year's race.

Instead the 35,000 participants will ride along a circular route along the M3 highway.

He says this year's race will not have a competitive edge and has appealed to cyclists to ride in solidarity with those affected by the devastating blaze.

"To see the suffering not only of the individuals, the landowners but the animals, it has huge effects."

The race will still start in the Cape Town CBD and culminate in Greenpoint.