Kevin Evans breaks collar bone and is out of ABSA Cape Epic

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One of the most prolific mountain bikers in the history of the sport in South Africa, Kevin Evans, is out of the Absa Cape Epic race.

Evans and team-mate David George were one of the favourite teams to take top honours in this year’s event. Evans’s brakes failed on the second steep descent of the day.

Says Kevin Evans (of team 360LIFE): “After the second long climb of the day in Fisantboskloof, with a very steep descent, I realised my brakes weren’t working. I was going way to fast and needed to pick a landing spot. I crashed really hard and knew immediately I was unlikely to get up. We rode to the nearest marshals and they confirmed that I would not be riding again this week. My collar bone was definitely broken.

“I can’t tell you how disappointed I feel. Both Dave (George) and I really looked forward to this year’s race and were in excellent shape. I’m so sorry for Dave and the team, as well as our sponsors. It’s the same collar bone I broke eight years ago. It was plated and screwed, and I never bothered to have it removed as it didn’t bother me. I’m on my way to the same specialist I went to then and he’ll need to decide whether he’s going to remove everything and start again.”

To the question of his history with the race – having had bad luck last year when his riding partner Alban Lakata broke the front wheel of his bike – Evans simply answers that he will be back.

“I’ll be coming back till I get it right. It’s not the amount of times you get knocked down that matter, but the amount of times you get up again.”

Evans will be joining David George and the team again at this year’s race if he is not operated on.

Evans confirmed his misfortune on Twitter, writing: Collar bone is broken, but my heart is shattered.