Postponement of L’Etape South Africa by Le Tour de France

Postponement of L’Etape South Africa by Le Tour de France  

Cycling South Africa has met with the L’Etape South Africa’s event organisers, Buyu Sport & Entertainment. Having assessed the conditions of the roads, which have been under a road rehabilitation program, and some of the compliance issues required, it was concluded that the road surface for the proposed route will not be in a satisfactory state for riders by the race date, the 2nd of April 2017.

Both parties agree that the safety of riders is of utmost importance and cannot be compromised and have therefore come to a mutual agreement to postpone the event to a future date to be agreed upon by both parties.

Although not an easy decision to make, in view of riders travel and accommodation commitments, the risk of rider injury was deemed too high.

Cycling South Africa welcomes the decision, after having to withdraw sanctioning earlier in the week on safety concerns. Cycling South Africa, along with Kwazulu Natal Cycling, will work closely with the organisers and local authorities to develop this exciting event in the near future.

L’Etape South Africa would like to apologise to all cyclists. We are cogniscent of the financial, emotional and physical investment that has gone into preparing for a cycling event of this magnitude.

Race entry refund policy, process and timeline

We will be refunding you the fully paid entry fees.
If you paid via Credit Card: Cycle Events will facilitate the refund process to all participants who paid via credit card. Once the refund transaction has been reversed back into the credit card that was used for the entry, it will take 4 working days to reflect in the riders account. The payment gateway system will notify the card holder of this transaction once processed.

If you paid via EFT: Octagon South Africa will facilitate the refund process to all participants who paid via EFT. Once the refund transaction has been reversed back into the account that was used for the entry, it will take your normal bank working days to reflect into your account.

We are committed to responding to all your queries. Please be in touch with us using the below methods:

For further Information and EFT queries:
L’Etape South Africa:
Email: info@letapesouthafrica.com

For Credit Card Refunds:
Cycle Events:
Email: queries@cycleevents.co.za
Race Office number: 087 820 4210

Social media: Twitter: @LetapeSA. Instagram: @letapesa. Facebook: L’Etape South Africa @letapesouthafrica

L’Etape by Le Tour de France is an international brand that will serve a great purpose in promoting cycling within South Africa and indeed The Midlands, in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region. L’Etape du Tour (French for ‘a stage of the tour’) was established in 1993 by ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) to allow cyclists to experience a stage of Le Tour de France first-hand and are committed to ensuring that the race meets all of the cycling standards.

For queries please contact:

Mike Bradley: mike@cyclingsa.com

Bonga Sebesho: Bonga.Sebesho3@octagon.com

L’Etape South Africa: info@letapesouthafrica.com

PR contact: Caroline Malan – The PR Machine – caroline@theprmachine.co.za

Social media: Twitter: @LetapeSA. Instagram: @letapesa. Facebook: L’Etape South Africa @letapesouthafrica

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