The Cape Town Cycle Tour (CTCT) was the last mass participation cycling event before the pandemic.
After more than a year of events being cancelled, postponed and undergoing many format changes, the 43rd CTCT will be different.
All riders require a rapid antigen test or need to be fully vaccinated. And the traditional massed starts are being replaced with a phased approach.
Some things might be starkly different from previous editions of the CTCT. There will be no mass socializing after the event. But the core appeal of riding the world’s most scenic road cycling route, without any vehicular traffic, remains unchanged.
Experienced CTCT riders know that despite all your good training intentions, disciplined diet, and bike component upgrades, one element influences more than any other. The weather.
Manage the wind
Cape Town has experienced a very cold winter. With rain and snowfall pushing later into the traditional winter season, the expectation for this untypical October CTCT is a lower threat of wind.
A blustery south easter can play havoc with CTCT ambitions. Although it can push riders home on the second leg, the energy it saps during the first part of the route is detrimental for most.
What does the weather look like for Sunday? It is going to be windy.
Muizenberg's wind prediction sees 20- to 11km/h from sunrise to midday. Cape Point’s wind speeds are a bit more potent throughout the same timeframe, starting at 37km/h and slowing to 27km/h by lunchtime.
Although the predicted south easter will be dropping in speed throughout the day, benefitting mid-pack riders and those starting later, there will be a headwind for the first part of the CTCT.