A cycling race in South Africa had to be called off when winds grew to be so strong, the riders couldn’t even stay on their bikes and some even went flying down the street.
The chaos occurred near the start of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, with winds reaching speeds of 100km/h, according to the UK Guardian.
Videos posted to social media accounts show riders barely holding on to their bikes as they were trying to ride into the gusts of wind.
Cape Argus they said pic.twitter.com/t8RVpSnGJZ
— chilli ? ?? ?? (@soyysaucce) March 12, 2017
In this video you can see a large group of riders approach an overpass of some type. The group suddenly comes to complete stop as they encounter the winds.
— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) March 12, 2017
In this video you can see bikes go flying.
— Jamal Shaikh (@JamalShaikh) March 12, 2017
Even moving off the course offered little relief from the winds.
— Garth Breytenbach (@GBreyts) March 12, 2017
Eventually, the 109km race was cancelled after 21km due to “extreme weather conditions.” The race’s official Twitter account warned spectators to stay away from the start line of the race.
URGENT UPDATE. Due to extreme weather conditions, #CycleTour2017 has regrettably been cancelled. Please do NOT approach the start line.
— Cape Town Cycle Tour (@CTCycleTour) March 12, 2017
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