Take a look at how Kelvin Trautman, one of South Africa’s top adventure photographers saw this years Absa Cape Epic.
Below are a couple of Kelvin’s favourite photos from this years race. Stunning.
The gutsy performance by Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys (Scott Factory Racing) at the Absa Cape Epic showed that they have come of age as mountain bikers and are now able to beat the world’s best riders if they really put their minds to it.
Not only did they finish 6th overall and win the Absa African Jersey, but they also finished 2nd in stage seven and 3rd in stage four.
The only time they did not manage to get a top-ten stage finish in the Epic, was on day three when they were 13th.
2013 ABSA CAPE EPIC A HUGE SUCCESS
EARLY BIRD ENTRIES SELL OUT IN 34 SECONDS
The tenth edition of the Absa Cape Epic was again a huge success with 1 258 cyclists from 45 countries participating in this prestigious and challenging event.
1 082 riders crossed the finish line at Lourensford on Sunday, 24 March, as official Absa Cape Epic finishers.
During the 8-day stage race, more than 1 700 tents were erected in each of the four stage locations of Citrusdal, Saronsberg Wine Estate in Tulbagh, Wellington and Stellenbosch. Woolworths distributed 15 000 sandwiches, 8 000 chocolate milkshakes, 7 000 cups of coffee and 600kg of potatoes over this period. The Mediclinic team was a healthy mix of experience and clinical competence, with more than 60 Absa Cape Epics worth of experience between them. The Mediclinic team conducted 2 174 consultations over the 8 days and the wound clinic was exceptionally busy with the usual legendary saddle sores (averaged at 80 per day), but the added component this year was from the large number of heel blisters and wounds. Nearly 50 lacerations were surgically closed in the Mediclinic Race Hospital.
South Africa gained a pair of new Cape Epic heroes on Sunday when Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys rode away from the field and into the hearts of the host nation, after finishing an impressive second on Stage 7 of the 2013 ABSA Cape Epic.
With a comfortable lead over their nearest rivals in the African team competition, the SCOTT Factory Racing teammates decided to cast aside their ‘go with caution’ strategy for the final stage, a relatively short 54km haul from Stellenbosch to the Lourensford Wind Estate in Somerset West with a total of 1500 metres of climbing.
Amazing photo of all the current and past World Champions participating in this years Absa Cape Epic. Back: Roel Paulissen (2008 & 2009 XCM), Bart Brentjens (1995 XCO), Christoph Sauser (2008 XCO, 2007 & 2011 XCM), Nino Schurter (2009 & 2012 XCO), Alban Lakata (2010 XCM), Jaroslav Kulhavy (2011 XCO), Front: Abraao Azevedo (2011 XCM [...]
It feels surreal siting here in the office with the Epic done, I feel kind of lost and sad. It was a character building 8 days on the bike, with many highs and lows, or peaks and troughs as like to call them. Riding into Lourensford was the ultimate peak for me, the overwhelming feelings of pride, joy and satisfaction made the days of suffering all worth it. Arriving to the welcoming arms of friends and family is something all Epic finishers will never forget.
José Hermida and Rudi van Houts of Multivan Merida won the final stage of this year’s Absa Cape Epic in 2:22.20,2 in a sprint finish with South Africans Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes of SCOTT Factory Racing in 2:22.21,3. Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel of Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing finished in third place in 2:26.03,6. The Swiss-Czech duo, Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavy of team Burry Stander – SONGO finished in fourth place in 2:27.18,9. They dominated this week’s Absa Cape Epic by winning four of the eight-day challenges and proved they are kings of the mountains.