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March 12, 2010

Dry weather for Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour

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Action from a previous event. Photo courtesy Ian Junor

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Cycling legend, Lance Armstrong, will be taking part to raise funds for cancer awareness. Photo courtesy Vélocia

Cyclists and spectators at the 2010 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour will enjoy a warm, dry day out on Sunday, according to the South African Weather Service.

While there will be some cloudy patches above the mountains, there is no chance of rain and the temperature will be a comfortable 26°C. Cyclists and hairstylists will however need to be aware the strong winds along the route.

But while the winds at last year’s event were so strong that portable toilets were being blown across the road, event organisers have assured that conditions will not be as extreme on Sunday.

According to various weather sources, wind speeds will vary from 45km/h in Cape Town central, to around 50km/h in the Cape Point area.

The most famous rider at this year’s event is cycling legend Lance Armstrong, who will however not be competing for a win, but to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LiveStrong Global Cancer Campaign.

David Bellairs, co-director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, which organises the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, appealed to riders and spectators to wear yellow on Sunday, to support the campaign.

“For many of us, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Lance in action. We would therefore like to encourage all riders and spectators to wear yellow on race day to show their support for this worthy cause,” he told news website Independent Online.

Armstrong arrived in Cape Town on Monday night, and began cycling on Tuesday morning. “Out for a gorgeous ride here in Cape Town with Daryl Impey and Gary from the JAG Foundation,” he wrote on his Twitter blog on Tuesday morning.

South African Impey is Armstrong’s cycling partner.

There will be numerous road closures this weekend to accommodate the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. Read more here.

Visit the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour website for more information about the event.

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