Author Archives: Jenny Close

Dealing with the cards

There’s no such things as an “easy” day in the Epic, and when the best MTB riders in the world take a shade under 4 hours to complete the “short” stage of the Epic, then you know, it’s not easy. And still the race for the overall continues, with bad luck being dished out to many of the leading protagonists ...

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Suss survives to hang on to the lead

“I thought it was the end of our race,” said Absa Cape Epic Hansgrohe Women’s category leader Jennie Stenerhag when describing her partner Esther Suss’s crash near the finish. Suss was left lying on the ground tangled up in her bike just seven kilometres from the finish of Stage 5 after the crash. Meerendal CBC teammate Stenerhag had to help ...

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Schurter, Stirnemann make it SCOTT-SCOTT

The Men’s category is set for a thrilling finale after Olympic cross-country champion Nino Schurter and teammate Matthias Stirnemann (SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing) claimed their first stage win of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic on Friday. Thanks to another strong ride they also moved into the overall race lead after the 84km Stage 5. Second on the day was previous stage ...

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Joel Stransky eager to ride again

Oak Valley, Elgin – Joel Stransky was forced to drop out of this year’s Absa Cape Epic after sustaining several injuries on the event’s Prologue event at Meerendal. Today he visited the Cape Epic as a spectator for the first time since his tumble. The 49-year-old crashed his bike last Sunday, resulting in a punctured lung, two broken ribs and ...

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Combrinck, Bell close red jersey gap at Absa Cape Epic

After a day of mixed riding conditions on Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic, PYGA Euro Steel riders Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes still hold onto the Absa African special jersey, while NAD Pro MTB (Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck) made a dash to claim a top 10 spot on the stage. Diepsloot MTB Academy (William Mokgopo and Phillimon ...

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Evans and Hincapie having a ball at the Absa Cape Epic

“This is an absolutely fantastic event. I have raced for some 20 years on the road and mountain bike and I have never ever experience anything like the Absa Cape Epic.” Those are the words of Cadel Evans, a man who has seen nearly all there has to be seen in cycling. Besides his heralded Tour de France win he ...

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Women extend lead, men’s race opens up

Jennie Stenerhag and Esther Suss (Meerendal CBC) extended their lead in the Hansgrohe Women’s category after Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic, while Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann (SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing) took a decent bite out of Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini’s (Cannondale Factory Racing XC) lead in the men’s race. Debutants Andri Frischknecht and Michiel Van der Heijden ...

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Choice selection of venues for Knysna race

Perched over the lagoon, the Knysna Yacht Club will provide a spectacular new start and finish venue for the opening stage of the Garden Route 300 mountain bike race next month. Race director Patric Mosterd said the event, which takes place in and around the indigenous forests of the coastal hamlet from April 28 to 30, had settled on a ...

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GREYLING CROWNED 2017 WARTRAIL CHAMPION

2016 SkyRun Champion, Christiaan Greyling, returned to his adventure racing roots this past weekend and took the championship title at the LedLenser Wartrail presented by Fluid held in the iconic Witteberg Mountains in Lady Grey. “I had a successful 3 days in the mountains this past weekend,” says Christiaan. “3 days of Adventures – a 60km mountain run not for ...

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