60 mph winds wreaked havoc on a cycling race in South Africa and sent riders’ bikes flying into the air


A cycling race in South Africa had to be called off when winds grew to be so strong, the riders couldn’t even stay on their bikes and some even went flying down the street.

The chaos occurred near the start of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, with winds reaching speeds of 100 kmh (60 mph), according to the UK Guardian.

Videos posted to social media accounts show riders barely holding on to their bikes as they were trying to ride into the gusts of wind.

Cape Argus they said pic.twitter.com/t8RVpSnGJZ

pic.twitter.com/t8RVpSnGJZMarch12, 2017

In this video you can see a large group of riders approach an overpass of some type. The group suddenly comes to complete stop as they encounter the winds.

Cape Town 40th Cycle Tourcancelled due to extreme winds. #CapeTown#CapeArguspic.twitter.com/mVRhzvXNwA

#CapeTown#CapeArguspic.twitter.com/mVRhzvXNwAMarch12, 2017

In this video you can see bikes go flying.

Here’s a video a friendsent from Cape Town. Look at all those bicycles flying!!! @waldimar @CTCycleTour pic.twitter.com/pPmV8600Ij

@waldimar@CTCycleTourpic.twitter.com/pPmV8600IjMarch12, 2017

Even moving off the course offered little relief from the winds.

How crazy is this wind in CapeTown – cycle tour cancelled 3333#CycleTour2017#southeaster#windymuchpic.twitter.com/kNpkcoe9Ev

#CycleTour2017#southeaster#windymuchpic.twitter.com/kNpkcoe9EvMarch 12,2017

According to the Guardian, even a portable toilet was blown across a street.

Eventually, the 109 km race was cancelled after 21 km due to “extreme weather conditions.” The race’s official Twitter account warned spectators to stay away from the start line of the race.