Motion Metrics installation and support specialist Bobby Sebeo was all set to participate in the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour in South Africa on March 12. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas. Wind speeds exceeding 100 km/h and fires on part of the route forced the organizers to cancel the race after the first round of cyclists started the event.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust will donate the 2017 prize fund of R220 000 (US$17724.00) to relief efforts for those affected by the devastating fires in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay. They will also donate water bottles to DARG (the Domestic Animal Rescue Group), who are saving and caring for animals from the affected areas.
Motion Metrics once again sponsored Sebeo, who is based in Botswana, to participate in this pristine event. Motion Metrics CEO Dr. Shahram Tafazoli, an avid cyclist himself, has generously sponsored similar events, such as the 2016 Orapa Classic Charitable Cycle Race in Botswana. That race raised funds to procure bicycles for children who reside very far from their schools in remote areas, ensuring that they no longer have to walk long distances every day to and from school.
2017 marks 40 years of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which first started when cyclists lined up for a protest ride around Cape Town to draw attention to the need for cycle paths in South Africa. Since then, the race has grown each year to become the largest timed cycling event in the world. This year there were more than 35,000 cyclists who registered and collected their race packs.
Sebeo says what he likes about the Cape Town cycle tour is the awesome atmosphere and the breath taking scenery along the race route and his favorite memory is the feeling of achievement after every ride. With 4 safe rides already under his belt, he was looking forward to earning his 5th medal this year but unfortunately will have to wait until next year.