With 3 Absa Cape Epic races and a Rugby World Cup to his name, South African rugby legend, Joel Stransky, is one of the longest standing members of Team Absa. An Amabubesi rider, this will be his 4th attempt at the race.
“I am once again looking forward to the challenge,” Stransky says. “Every year it becomes more demanding and more difficult. It is such a great privilege to be part of such an event, and even more so to do it as part of the Absa team!”
Stransky has been mountain biking for the last 4 years, since he was first challenged to do the Absa Cape Epic by Elana Meyer of the JAG Foundation. He is currently based in Bryanston, Johannesburg, where he is a Supersport rugby commentator and also runs his own business specialising in technology and investment management in the field of technology. He is married to wife, Karen, and together they have two children, Sabrina (16) and Matthew (12).
Stransky will continue his tradition of riding for the LumoHawk Foundation. “It’s my charity which is now in the process of being formalised,” he explains. “We concentrate on the educational needs of underprivileged children and every single cent raised goes to the cause.”
His experience with the race is definitely one of his strengths, as is endurance. “You need to prepare well and know how to suffer. This is the Epic and it doesn’t matter how strong you are, at some point in the race you will suffer! So you need determination to get through that and keep going. The most important thing you learn from having done it before is how to pace yourself in order to survive each day and ultimately the 8 day race!”
Stransky will be riding alongside his Team Absa partner Owen Hannie. Follow Joel on Twitter @stranners.