Of cycle races and cover


With the Absa Cape Epic just around the corner, we interviewed Michael Flinn, MD of the Absa Cape Epic and FNB Wines2Wales, about what it takes to put together multi-stage bike races in the face of challenges like the howling winds, unseasonal heat, torrential rain, and service delivery protests. “Understandably, the last resort would be to cancel or shorten a race (or stage),” Flinn told RISKAfrica. “As far as possible, we try not to cancel a race because the rider experience is a key pillar, but on the other hand, you don’t want to risk the lives, property or reputations of anyone involved. People trust us. You need to ask, ‘At what point can one safely carry on?’”

Flinn says the Absa Cape Epic route is planned up to 18 months ahead of the event, so changing a route is always a last resort if it can be avoided – obviously changes at the last minute potentially come with increased costs and complications. “We pride ourselves on drilling down into the details of our risk management plans,” he explains. “We always look to have a Plan B or Plan C where possible. If you have the right permissions and processes in place, your team will come up with the best solutions.”

With just a few days to go, RISKAfrica wishes all Absa Cape Epic riders a great race!

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