The Absa Cape Epic has a formidable global reputation which sees the event attract celebrities and sports stars that seek to take on the challenge of the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race. Every year we see an increase in former roadies participating, looking to clinch a podium spot. It stands to reason, but the rugged terrain of the Western Cape is far removed from the smooth asphalt of Europe – making competing in the Absa Cape Epic seem like virtually a different sport to the former road racing stars.
Team Giant’s Rohan Du Plooy took the win at the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour this morning in wet racing conditions, finishing the 97km route in 02:16:14, beating Craig Boyes (Specialized) and Dan Craven (Namibia) to the post, who finished in second and third respectively.
The team of Active Bodies won the 2017 Coronation Double Century over 202km in a new record time of 04:30:12.
“That’s what we came here to do,” commented a visibly elated Clint Hendricks after the finish.
“I don’t know why I keep doing it,” he added. “it’s always really tough.”
If it’s November, and it’s cycling, it must be Coronation Double Century time. For the majority of the 3 200 riders, this 202km team event is a test of endurance and friendship, but for a few teams, it is all about the win.
Enjoyment at the Absa Cape Epic comes through preparation and taking no shortcuts for Gary Kirsten, the former South African cricketer, who will take part in Africa’s Untamed African MTB Race for the third time in 2018.
PYGA Euro Steel 1’s Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys claimed their second stage victory and the overall Champions Title after Stage Three of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) MTB Race at Onrus Caravan Park on Sunday, 05 November 2017.
Excitement builds as an elite field of mountain bikers (local and from abroad) prepare to take on the 9th annual FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race that will start at Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Friday, 03 November 2017.
Cape Epic (Pty) Ltd announced today that the company has agreed to acquire the FNB Wines2Whales®
The news comes shortly before the commencement of the ninth edition of this alluring yet testing event, held annually in the Western Cape.