Cyclists embrace Cape Town tour despite challenges

The race was also dubbed the ‘Show You Care Solidarity Ride’ in honour of firefighters.

FILE: The race was also dubbed the ‘Show You Care Solidarity Ride’ in honour of firefighters. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Over 30,000 cyclists took to the Mother City's roads on Sunday in the 38th Cape Town cycle tour.

Last week's fires in the South Peninsula forced organisers to shorten the route from its traditional 109 kilometers to 47 kilometers.

The race was also dubbed the 'Show You Care Solidarity Ride' in honour of firefighters who help fight the blazes.

Despite the race been shorter than usual, many cyclists embraced changes and dressed in red to show their support to those affected by the fires.

Some cyclists say it was emotional ride, saying they have shown support to those affected by the fires.

"Capetonians pulled together as per usual. People were all great, they all accepted the change, and they all know what the circumstances were."

This year's ladies champion, Lynette Burger, says she too was touched by the bravery of the firefighters.

"For us to still be able to race, it is almost riding for solidarity because we giving back to them as much as they are giving to us."

Nolan Hoffman won the the man's race in a blistering time of 01:1:49.2 seconds.