Women’s Invitational Race for Cape Town Cycle Tour

Following a request and extensive discussion with the Women’s Commission of Cycling South Africa and representatives of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, it has been agreed that we will facilitate a Women’s only Invitational start group in Glencairn.

All elite and U23 women that have been seeded into the % start group will have the option to start at a new revised start area on the corner of Main Road and Blackhill Road/Glencairn Expressway. The start time for the Invitational will be at 06:15 - light permitting - and the distance is 76km.

 

It is important to note that the prize monies and title for the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour will be awarded to the winner of this start group. The U23 category title will also be awarded to a participant from this group. For the sake of clarity, should an U23 rider win the event, they will receive both the overall winners title as well as the U23 title.

 

All other age category awards will go to those participants in the traditional 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour.

 

We thank the City of Cape Town for going the extra mile in facilitating this new opportunity for women’s racing and wish all participants a safe and successful race.

 

For more information on the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour, please visit http://capetowncycletour.com/ or follow us on Facebook , twitter (@CTCycleTour) and on Instagram (@ctcycletour).






6 Comments

Shebeen, Mar 08 2018 09:38

Excellent initiative.

pista, Mar 08 2018 12:31

Excellent initiative.

How so?

 

Sounds like pro ladies are worried that fun riders could beat them.

Aurora, Mar 08 2018 12:36

76km? How is this breeding talent to compete internationally? The races here are far to short to be taken seriously.

pista, Mar 08 2018 12:43

76km? How is this breeding talent to compete internationally? The races here are far to short to be taken seriously.

Ladies that ride the full race will have more bragging rights at the end of the day.

Meezo, Mar 08 2018 01:43

How so?

 

Sounds like pro ladies are worried that fun riders could beat them.

 

will beat them and have beat them!

Robbie Stewart, Mar 09 2018 01:52

So what happened to equal status as the male athletes in terms of prize money and all the rest of it? Is it still regarded as equal even if it is not so?

Why not hold the batch after the ladies back 15 minutes, and have the ladies start immediately after the male peloton? 

I struggle to grasp how shortening the race distance will do anything to engender equality status in future races, and as has been said already, this is not doing anything to enhance cycling as a image-positive sport for up and coming ladies.

Also I find this particularly humorous as there is a new lady columnist in the new format Ride magazine, who for her first outing, spewed forth about how women are not being treated as equal at races, and not getting what the guys get. So, is this okay, shortening a race, or should it be frowned upon?

I wonder what all the lady winners of past races think of all this hoohah?