Ready, steady… cycle! All systems go for 2019 CT Cycle Tour

Earlier this week, the weather service predicted winds of 50km/h during the event.

The Cape Town Cycle Tour gets under way at the Grande Parade on 10 March 2019. Picture: @CTCycleTour/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town Cycle Tour is under way in the Mother City.

Cape Town Cycle Tour road closures

The iconic 109-kilometre race has 35,000 participants and includes 2,000 international riders.

This is the 41st edition of the biggest timed bicycle race in the world.

Two years ago, the event was cancelled due to strong winds.

Earlier this week, the weather service predicted winds of 50km/h during the event.

Officials say they won’t hesitate to call off the race should wind speeds pose a serious risk to cyclists.

However, tour organiser David Bellairs says it’s all systems go.

“The Cycle Tour is 100% ready to go. It’s on the long route. It’s going to be fun. It may be windy, but the wind is behind you. You’ll have an absolute ‘jol’.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)