Cape Town cycling race cancelled because of high winds (VIDEO)
Winds of up to 100kph that blew competitors off their bikes have forced organisers to cancel an international road race in South Africa
This is reported by The Guardian
The havoc on the Cape Town Cycle Tour began at the start of the race close to the city’s foreshore when cyclists encountered gusts so strong that they struggled to hang onto their bikes and stop them from being blown away.
Some participants were powerless to stop themselves sliding across the street and being blown into other competitors.
The 109km race, in which 35,000 people were taking part, was cancelled at 21km after organisers deemed the conditions too dangerous.
Cape Town is buffeted by strong winds that blow in from the Atlantic Ocean. The south-easter, or Cape Doctor, is well-known locally for knocking people off their feet and is often at its strongest in the city centre, where the race began.