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The impact of extreme weather on mass-participation sporting events: The case of the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Julia Kathryn Giddy (School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)

International Journal of Event and Festival Management

ISSN: 1758-2954

Article publication date: 21 August 2019

Issue publication date: 10 September 2019




The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of extreme weather on tourism events through the perceptions of participants, using the case of the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour (CTCT).


This study utilized a survey method to collect data. Questionnaires were distributed online to would-be participants in the cancelled 2017 CTCT. The questionnaire included both fixed-response and open-ended questions.


The results show that participants experienced mixed emotions to event cancellation. Most felt that the weather conditions warranted cancellation, but some concerns emerged as to how the cancellation was managed. In addition, many felt that the organization of the race needs to be rethought due to numerous negative weather experiences in recent years.

Research limitations/implications

The findings in this study are exploratory. They focus on a single event in one city. However, they provide important initial insight into how sporting event participants react to the negative impacts of extreme weather.

Practical implications

These results have important management implications in addressing the impact of weather on the events sector. They are significant in understanding best practice with regard to managing participants in the case of weather impacts on an event. They also demonstrate interesting results with regard to participant loyalty among active sport events tourists.


The originality of this study is in its extension of the broad discussion of the impact of extreme weather and climate change on tourism to the events sector. The implications of changing weather and climatic patterns on events, particularly mass-participation sporting events, are clear and need to be considered in order to effectively manage future impacts on this important economic sector. This is done by providing insight into how participants respond to these types of circumstances.



Giddy, J.K. (2019), "The impact of extreme weather on mass-participation sporting events: The case of the Cape Town Cycle Tour", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 95-109.



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