It’s been a while. Just over three years, and I’d like to say hello again.
In the meantime, I’ve spent half a year in South Africa, in the Western Cape, which boasts the Cape Town Cycle Tour, otherwise known as the Cape Argus (after the newspaper that sponsors it).
The Cape Argus kicks off in just 2 days, and it’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It began in 1978 as a protest ride to pressure city council to think about bicycles as part of its urban planning. The official website admits that, as such, the event failed spectacularly for decades. But they do claim that, thanks to the Cape Town Cycle Tour, those objectives are now being realized across the city.
Last year the famous Cape trade winds were so strong that the race was cancelled for the first time in its history.
And this year you have to wonder whether there is going to be enough water to keep the 35,000-plus participants hydrated. Cape Town is on track to be the first major city in the world to run out of water.
Which brings me back to cycling. Strong winds one year, no water the next. We are talking climate change, and climate change is one of the things that made me want to start this blog. And it’s what made we want to come back to it after a three-year break.