1. 09:00 - 12:00 Tracey Lange
  2. 12:00 - 15:00 Ryan O'Connor

Time in the Saddle is a podcast series hosted by avid cyclist and radio veteran, Ryan O’Connor focusing on all things exciting in the world of cycling. In the eighth episode of season two, Ryan and Jason Lind welcomes the Cape Town Cycle Tour Director, Dave Bellairs.

In this week's episode, Ryan O'Connor and Jason Lind talks about the talk Cape Town Cycle Tour, innovative gadgets and gets the latest on the iconic event from its director, Dave Bellairs.

You never get tired of the buzz and the energy around Cape Town Cycle Tour, it's an electric atmosphere.

Ryan O'Connor – Kfm 94.5 radio presenter

I was out on Sunday riding around South Peninsula a little bit and, I must say: it was bizarre. It was like cyclists have taken over the road from Seapoint through to the top of Chapman's Peak... I actually felt sorry for the motorists.

Dave Bellairs – Director at Cape Town Cycle Tour

This year, Jason and Ryan will be riding on a tandem for a good cause with Cycle of Life along with Simone Godfrey and Achmat 'Shark boy' Hassiem who will be riding for Ride 4 Skin Cancer at the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Read: South African cyclists are getting behind good causes

Ryan reflects on the iconic event and talks about the amount of money the race has generated for the city of Cape Town over the years.

The last estimate we had which was done probably four or five years ago was half a billion rand... So, the challenge we have as an event is, spending money on doing economic impact assessments is counter-productive because that's money that could be going to charity.

Dave Bellairs – Director at Cape Town Cycle Tour

We probably will look, next year to partnering with one of the universities to see if we can come up with some post grad students and we'll relook at it with the provincial government and the city.

Dave Bellairs – Director at Cape Town Cycle Tour

It's a big economic driver. It sustains a number of industries... I know, certainly the cycling fraternity obviously enjoy the fact that this event is coming around.

Dave Bellairs – Director at Cape Town Cycle Tour

It is a big one for the cycle deals and the fact that we have 6000 first-timers riding this year, means that we've got new people coming into the sport... it's hotel accommodation, it's airplanes, it's restaurants, it's bars, it's airbnbs and the list goes on and on.

Dave Bellairs – Director at Cape Town Cycle Tour

If you're nervous about your first race, keep listening as Dave offers advice for cyclists participating in the event for the first time.

The trio end off the conversation with a bit about the Coronation Double Century, South Africa’s premier endurance road cycling event. Visit www.coronationdc.co.za for more information.

Listen to Ryan O’Connor in conversation with his good friend and cyclist, Jason Lind as they discuss all things cycling in the eighth episode of the second season of Time in the Saddle.

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