Race organisers ASG Events have put measures in place to guarantee that the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope and the Liberty Winelands Encounter will go ahead as planned despite the drought in the Western Cape.
The Tour of Good Hope takes place near Paarl from March 5 to 9, while the mountain-bike event, also in the Cape Winelands, will be held from April 13 to 15.
While assuring cyclists the events would take place, ASG chief executive Wynand de Villiers said they encouraged entrants “to be very aware of the water crisis”.
He said this applied, in particular, to the shower time at events.
“We are sensitive to the current situation and we ask riders who are staying in guest houses and hotels to use water sparingly.”
De Villiers said these two events would have minimal impact on water usage.
He said they had put in place a number of plans to ensure that their impact on the water supply was kept to a minimum.
“We have gone into forward agreements with our bottled water supplier and we have more than ample stock available for both events.
“We only use water from a reputable supplier (Aqua Belle) for meals and water points, so we don’t use municipal water at these offset points.
“The only municipal water used is for flushing toilets and showers.”
“We also have a wonderful beer sponsorship from Cape Brewing Company, who ensure bottomless beer at both events. So rather than drink water, drink beer!” he added with a chuckle.