Cycling event organisers HotChillee have just returned from the Wester Cape following a recce of the HotChillee Cape Rouleur which takes place next month, from 4 – 8 March 2018.
There has been significant press coverage on the current drought situation in the Western Cape which is a matter of great concern to the locals who have experienced significantly less rainfall for the past three years and now find themselves with a severe water shortage.
Residents and visitors are as of this month requested to use a maximum of 50 litres of water per day. In preparation for the HotChillee Cape Rouleur 2018 HotChillee have released the following statement:
HotChillee Founder, Sven Thiele: “As event organisers we are aware of the strain on the municipal water system in these challenging times for the region. In order to have zero impact on the regions water resources we have sourced the equivalent amount of water that our riders and crew will use during the event and will together with the CT Cycle Tour, transport and add that water to the municipal dams in the Cape for use by the locals. We have sourced this water from the town of Swellendam and partnered with Rainmaker, disruptive digital and business transformation experts, who have assisted with water conservation planning and underwritten all water sourcing and transport costs.
Any water used between the start and finish on the road will be bottled water supplied by our local partner LaVie de Luc. This means that we will have zero impact on the local water supply.
The Western Cape is very heavily dependent on inbound tourism and that the Cape Rouleur and Cape Town Cycle Tour contribute significantly to the R750 Million for cyclotourism in March. By having zero impact on the water supply and by continuing to invest/spend in the region, as event organisers we feel that we can best support the region in navigating their way through this challenging time.”