It was third time lucky for MTN-Energade’s Kevin Evans as he soloed to his first victory in the Mondi Herald Addo Mountain Bike Challenge on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
Evans (3:15:07) made the most of the tough conditions on a breezy, overcast day to stretch his lead to three minutes at the Addo Polo Club finish.
The MTN-Energade riders certainly know how to win races.
A quick study of this year’s results tells the story. So far this year MTN can boast with 100 victories and still counting. During the past weekend (23-24 October) it was the privilege of An-Li Pretorius to achieve MTN-Energade’s 100th victory of the year when she won the Jacaranda Satellite race.
Crank attended the Salvo Dirt Jam at UCT 2 weeks ago and got some awesome HD footage of the riders pulling off some sick moves. Big thanks to Toby from Salvo BMX for making the day happen and to Kat Millar for this great clip.
R500 000 UP FOR GRABS IN NEXT YEAR’S ABSA CAPE EPIC
The Absa Cape Epic, the most televised mountain bike race in the world, has announced an increased prize purse of R500 000 for next year, which consolidates the event’s position as largest prize purse in the world of endurance mountain biking.
Hot off the press – The Cape Epic media launch has just happened, check out the route.
Features two time trials and loads of hills – Total of 707km and 14,550m climbing
27 March – 3 April, 2011
Overview of route – keep reading for a full day by day description.
27/03/11 Prologue – Tokai: 27km, 750 vert. metres
28/03/11 Stage 1 – Saronsberg (Tulbagh) to Saronsberg: 89km, 2050m
29/03/11 Stage 2 – Saronsberg to Saronsberg: 104km, 2300m
30/03/11 Stage 3 – Saronsberg to Worcester: 125km, 1900m
31/03/11 Stage 4 – Time Trial Worcester: 32km, 800m
01/04/11 Stage 5 – Worcester to Oak Valley: 143km, 2350m (incl. Groenlandberg)
02/04/11 Stage 6 – Oak Valley to Oak Valley: 128km, 2700m (incl. Groenlandberg again!)
03/04/11 Stage 7 – Oak Valley to Lourensford: 59km, 1700m
During the sixth stage of the DCM Cape Pioneer Trek, on the last day of his career as a professional mountain biker, Silvio Bundi from Switzerland learned an important lesson.
If you want to end your career as a professional mountain biker on a high note, do not tease one of your main rivals because they have not been able to win a stage. You might just be the one who end up finishing second.
www.songo.info is a youth cycling development trust based in Kayamandi township, near Stellenbosch. There is a fundraiser happening Songo.info on Wednesday 10th November which starts with a ride at 4pm where you’ll get to share the table mountain trails with Christoph Sauser, Burry Stander and Dan Hugo, two mountain biking World Champions and an X-Terra Champion.