Extreme weather has forced the Tour Down Under organisers to reduce part of stage three of the race from Glenelg to Victor Harbor on Thursday, January 18.
Two laps of the final circuit, equalling 26 kilometres, have been cut from the race route to protect riders and spectators from the predicted 40-degree heat.
Race director Mike Turtur said the riders should still finish in Victor Harbor around 2.53pm.
“We consulted with rider representative Adam Hansen and with our chief commissaire, and both agreed it would be sensible to shorten the stage distance,” Mr Turtur said.
“The safety and welfare of the riders, spectators and everyone involved with the race is always our primary concern.”
Events South Australia executive director Hitaf Rasheed said after consulting emergency services and sponsors, the decision was made to also cancel the Bupa Family Ride.
“We take the safety and welfare of all Bupa Family Ride participants very seriously. We know there will be disappointed participants, however safety is our priority, and our Extreme Weather Safety Plan was developed with that in mind,” Ms Rasheed said.
It would have been the first time the region had hosted the family ride.
State Emergency Service state duty officer Dr Sara Pulford urged spectators and cyclists to stay well-hydrated, and remember to use sunscreen and other sun protection.
“It is going to be hot for this year’s Tour Down Under so everyone involved needs to be mindful of the conditions and take the necessary precautions,” Dr Pulford said.
“Spectators should also be aware that there may not be much shade available along the course so, apart from sunscreen, they should consider wearing a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing.”
Check the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast for Victor Harbor here.
- All Bupa Family Ride paid registrations will receive a full refund of their registration fee within 15 working days. All complimentary entries for Bupa members will be cancelled and require no further action.