The inaugural Columbia Grape Escape took place this weekend with a star studded field racing their way from Big Bay to Boschendal over three days. Four times Cape Epic winner Karl Platt was the man with early form winning the first two stages in sprint finishes but it was Kevin Evans and David George’s domination on the third stage that allowed David to win the stage and Kevin the overall title for Team 360Life.
Race organisers have shown their support for professional cycling in South Africa by announcing a lucrative prize purse for the nine-day Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race.
In line with an event like the Absa Cape Epic, the first two-man team to cross the finish line in Scottburgh on May 7 will pocket R100 000. The total prize pot for the men’s, women’s and mixed racing teams is R300 000.
Stories of hard, tough men choking on their waterbottles filter down from the weskus after last week-end. The Renosterveld events team got delivered a scorcher of a feb week-end with rumoured temperatures in Darling hitting 45 degrees in the shade on the Sunday (I think there’s a little bit of spice in that fishy story, but the sentiment is correct).
Karl Platt (Team Bulls) proved on Saturday by winning the MTN Sabie ultra-marathon that patience is a virtue.
Despite the South African and Namibian riders trying their utmost to put him under pressure the German rider refused to be intimidated. He just kept on riding at his own pace biding his time for the right moment to dish out his own punishment.
With last year’s sponsor once again throwing its weight behind the event, it’s all systems go for the second edition of South Africa’s longest full- service mountain bike stage race.
One of Old Mutual’s premier investment offerings, Fairbairn Capital, has recommitted itself as title sponsor of the Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c on the strength of the highly successful inaugural race.
A dress rehearsal for the Absa Cape Epic is what Saturday’s (26 February) MTN Sabie ultra-marathon might just boil down to.
Germany’s Karl Platt (Team Bulls) who has perfected winning the Epic into a fine art has, indicated that he will race at the MTN Sabie.
Anyone who has been even remotely connected to mountain biking in this country will know that stage racing is a huge part of the industry that has seen huge growth with no end seemingly in sight. Whilst a lot of this growth can be indirectly attributed to that massive week-long race sponsored by that red bank and presented by that sports brand with three stripes, there really is something for everyone. I’ll be lining up on the startline of a new event this week-end, the CA2C
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