- The resumption of mass participation events will require cyclists to be vaccinated or present a negative Covid-19 test result to participate
- A collaboration between event organisers and CyclingSA has made this possible
- With one month until the Absa Cape Epic, the event seems certain to go ahead
Cycling South Africa has announced that together with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture team, they have developed a blueprint for the resumption of cycling mass participation single day and stage events to resume under Covid-19 restrictions.
Cycling SA worked alongside primary event organisers representing the Absa Cape Epic, Cape Town Cycle Tour, and 947 Ride Joburg to approve this blueprint.
The approval of this new action plan will hopefully lead to the return of mass participation cycling events.
Cyclists will be required to either be fully vaccinated or present a negative Covid-19 test result to participate in sanctioned events.
The Department has approved the blueprint of Sport, Arts and Culture as cycling is considered a low-risk outdoor sport. Under the current lockdown regulations, spectators will still not be allowed and events subjected to access control and checks from government.
Getting events going - again
"I would like to congratulate Cycling SA president Ciska Austin for getting this blueprint approved. It was not an easy process and required immense lobbying and effort on her part," says Cape Town Cycle Tour organiser, David Bellairs.
"The regulations around being vaccinated or tested make sense as they are not exclusive of anyone wanting to return to mass participation events and should be acceptable to the majority of participants," added Bellairs. "The Cape Town Cycle Tour organisers hope to facilitate a safe day of riding around the peninsula and believe that this blueprint is another step in achieving that goal. We will still be implementing social distancing with no batches, no expo and no finish line festivities to ensure that we keep riders as safe as possible."
With exactly one month to go to what will undoubtedly be a truly unique Absa Cape Epic experience in October, all systems are go for event staff and the 300 teams racing the 2021 event.
The organisers of the Absa Cape Epic have remained committed to doing everything possible to ensure the 2021 Absa Cape Epic takes place safely and successfully.
Several necessary changes will be introduced to ensure compliance with government regulations and best practices. These include the additional guidelines outlined by CyclingSA and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture for the safe return of sanctioned mass participation cycling events.
All participants and event staff must present a negative Covid-19 test before the start of the race and submit to a further antigen test during the event as an added screening measure, regardless of their vaccination status. Further Covid-19 mitigation plans are in place and will be enforced.