the President of the Uniondale Lions, Ian du Plessis commented.
The event – which acts as a seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour – is an icon on the South African racing calendar and one of the largest of its type in the country. According to The Lions, in the unlikely event that the current legislation changes by September 20 – the practicalities of protecting the riders, supporters and crew, as well as the wider communities involved will be very complicated.
This is obviously a massive disappointment to the riders and organizers and a loss for the charities (managed through The Lions) which benefit each year, but the potential risks and consequences are simply too high.
The Lions of Uniondale and Knysna would like to thank their new title partner: CCPP Group who has committed to being on board in 2021 as per the current agreement. CCPP Group CEO - Clint Cawood – who is a keen cyclist – gave event organiser – Zandile Meneses, this positive news which means that the event has the backing to produce a top quality experience for riders in 2021.
At time of publication, entries for the event were nearing 50% full. The Lions Karoo to Coast will honour all paid entrants for this event in the most positive way possible. Three are three options available to those who have already entered:
1. Fully paid entry can be transferred to the 2021 event at the 2020 rate.
2. A cash refund of just 100% of your entry fee.
3. Riders may also opt to donate their entry fee to the charities that the Uniondale and Knysna Lions support through the event.