European stars Team Bulls claimed a maiden victory at the 3rd Nashua Grape Escape after dominating the field for most of the three-day stage race. Tim Böhme took home the gold medal, with teammate Urs Huber claiming second place. Third place went to up-and-coming local star James Reid of Team Trek/Privateer.
Defending champion Christoph Sauser took first place on a challenging Stage 3, beating Phil Buys by eight seconds. It wasn’t enough to make up for a disappointing run of bad luck after he gave up the lead a few hundred meters from the finish on Stage 1 when he took a wrong turn, and then experiencing technical problems on Stage 2.
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Team Bulls rider Tim Böhme coasted to victory on day one of the 2013 Nashua Grape Escape after breaking away from the leading bunch, which included top local and international riders, a few hundred meters from the finish. Second place went to South African rider Darren Lill, while Urs Huber, another rider from the six-strong Team Bulls camp, took third.
Böhme, who finished third overall at the 2012 Grape Escape, said it was a good start for the first day. “The route was challenging but had a good balance between steep climbs and nice flats.” Böhme’s teammate Urs Huber said he had a great day out. “It’s my first Nashua Grape Escape and I really enjoyed the steep climbs and nice technical sections. It’s great training for the Absa Cape Epic next month.”
The Absa Cape Epic, the legendary eight-day team stage race, attracts the world’s most accomplished and seasoned riders and will take place from 17 to 24 March this year. Hanlie Booyens, who lives and trains in Stellenbosch, will be participating with Sharon Laws as team Pragma Volcan Ladies.
Both are passionate about animals and will be Pedalling for Pups in support of African Tails. Says Booyens: “Both Sharon and I love animals and can’t tolerate it when animals are abused or not taken care of. They are so dependent on the people around them and can’t speak up for themselves. African Tails is an organisation that does wonderful work in the less privileged areas.”
Mountain biking champions Thomas Dietsch (38) from France and Tim Böhme (30) from Germany, who will be taking part in this year’s Absa Cape Epic as Team Bulls 2, are amongst the favourites to walk away with top honours at this year’s event. The legendary mountain bike stage race will see cyclists from all over the world complete 698 km’s over eight days. The prologue kicks off at Meerendal Wine Estate on Sunday, 17 March and the race ends on Sunday, 24 March at its traditional Lourensford Wine Estate finish.
Adventure enthusiast, Letshego Moshoeu, excitedly joins Team Absa 2013 with 4 years of mountain biking experience and lots of practice at overcoming challenges! Known among her peers as ‘GI Jane’, Moshoeu was the runner-up of Survivor South Africa: Maldives in 2011 and made it to the top four contestants on Fear Factor South Africa in 2006. This will be her first attempt at the Absa Cape Epic and she will be partnered with Team Absa leader, Ernst Viljoen.