RACES: Tour of South Africa Cancelled

The news broke last night that the Tour of SA, which took place for the first time in February this year, has been cancelled. This is sad news indeed for cycling in South Africa.

The official press release:
Following the great success of the inaugural 2011 Cell C Tour of South Africa, it is with regret that news was received on Monday concerning the cancellation of the Tour of SA.

According to Primedia, Cycling South Africa’s commercial partners entrusted with securing the funding for the Tour, various critical milestones have not been achieved – the unavailability of sufficient financial funding being one of the most important criteria.

This is clearly as a direct result of the current economic climate around the globe and the continuing challenge major sporting events face in securing adequate sponsorship.

After considering numerous options, the board of the Tour of SA has been left with no option but to cancel the 2012 Tour of SA.

Staging the National Tour remains a high priority for Cycling South Africa and efforts will continue to make it a reality in the near future.

Sad day for cycling in SA.
Tour of South Africa Cancelled

0 Responses to RACES: Tour of South Africa Cancelled

  1. Anonymous November 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Very sad.

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    Anthony Bird November 11, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Why didn’t Primedia get one of the other major cell phone companies to step in a sponsor the tour? They, like DSTV are awash with cash because of the charge structures that they impose on their users of services.
    It is indeed a sad time for SA cycling because it will be quite a while before the tour is revived.

  3. Jamie Hart November 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Unfortunately after the disastrous organisation of this year’s event it should not come as a great surprise, CSA has a duty to ensure its sponsors get positive publicity!

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