Other sport 7.3.2015 08:21 am

Cycle Tour intensifies emergency support

Image credit: Thinkstock

Image credit: Thinkstock

Authorities have ensured the safety of riders amid the decision to shorten this year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Despite resources being stretched due to the fires that tore through the Mother City, 110 safety and logistics vehicles will be deployed in Sunday’s race. “Even with the shortened route we haven’t cut back on our usual medical, safety, disaster and emergency management measures. We would not have made the decision if it wasn’t absolutely safe,” said race Director Rene Jordaan.

The Cape Town Cycle Tour has been shortened due to the likelihood of rocks falling or ash blowing across the race’s pathway. Race safety partner, Tracker, is positioned to monitor the location of all safety vehicles and assist them in reaching cyclists quickly in the event of injury logistical problems during the race. Race organisers and sponsors were adamant that the race would only go ahead if the safety of participants was guaranteed.

ER24 reported that two cyclists were injured in collisions early Friday during training sessions in preparation for the well known cycling event.

Both cyclists were attended to by paramedics. The cause of these two incidents remain unknown.

 

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