Dimension Data joins the Absa Cape Epic team

Photo Credit DimensionData01B-Sportograf, DimensionData02B-Gary Perkin

Photo Credit DimensionData01B-Sportograf, DimensionData02B-Gary Perkin

Global information and communication technology giant Dimension Data has joined the Absa Cape Epic, the world’s foremost mountain bike stage race, as a headline sponsor.

The internationally-renowned IT infrastructure provider will be the Official Technology Partner to the Absa Cape Epic. It will handle all technology and communications aspects related to the race, including supplying equipment, personnel and support to deliver the IT service.

Absa Cape Epic founder Kevin Vermaak said: “We’re extremely excited that Dimension Data has come on board as the Official Technology Partner for the Absa Cape Epic. We were looking for a partner with proven capabilities in providing IT communications in environments that require a high level of robustness and reliability.”

“Dimension Data’s proven pedigree in providing the type of connectivity that we require to take the event to millions of mountain biking enthusiasts around the world through the media, made them an obvious choice to deliver this crucial service,” said Vermaak.

Derek Wilcocks, Dimension Data’s CEO for the Middle East and Africa, said: “This is a race that’s really about the triumph of the human spirit, and as a South African-born company, we have a deep passion for the continent of Africa. This is why we continually invest in initiatives that enable us to accelerate the ambitions of its people.”

“Dimension Data particularly looks forward to showcasing how technology can connect participants and fans in real time,” said Wilcocks. “Adventure sports have become a showcase for new media with millions of devoted followers.”

The eight-day Absa Cape Epic, staged annually in the Western Cape, has become the world’s foremost mountain bike stage race since the first event in 2004. It attracts the world’s leading professional riders and amateurs keen to test their limits in the rugged Western Cape countryside.

Dimension Data will provide Race Village bandwidth and connectivity at all the sites for the media contingent as well as riders, crew, operations and sponsors. This involves providing a seamless service to at least 4000 devices accessing the networks at different route locations over the eight days of the race.

The route launch for the 2015 race takes place on 22 October in Cape Town, and the race takes place from 15 – 22 March 2015. For more details visit www.cape-epic.com.