One of the main concerns at the Cape Town Cycle Tour is the weather. At the 2016 event, Mother Nature provided sunny but cool conditions. In 2017, sadly the event had to be cancelled due to string winds. Therefore, it is important to prepare for all weather conditions you might face on race day. Here’s a few tips on how to pedal in wind, rain and hot weather:
If it is a strong wind from the font, stay within your pack. Don’t go at it alone. With strong winds from the side you want to keep in your pack and just remember to keep pedaling through the gusts. Be very cautious going down Chapman’s Peak! The goal is to finish the race, safely.
Keeping your upper body warm is key, so be sure to pack a windbreaker or cycling jacket. You’ll know the morning of race day whether you’ll need it. When it’s raining, corners are not your friend. Slow down when approaching a corner and make sure your tires have enough grip. If you have space pack an extra tube as you will get more punctures in rainy weather.
Most importantly - STAY HYDRATED. Make sure you drink enough fluids to keep your body hydrated and keep your focus on the race. Put enough sunscreen in your face and arms and wear cycling glasses. Pace yourself – don’t start off too fast. You still want to defeat Suikerbossie.
"To me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining or whatever: as long as I’m riding a bike I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world"