“It just got real”…

Scott SRAM Young Guns take the stage win - youth clearly has an abundance of energy

Scott SRAM Young Guns take the stage win – youth clearly has an abundance of energy

112km over rocks, roots, stumps, bushes, gravel, stone and any other obstacle possible, the riders of Cape Epic just got a taste of what it means to earn this medal. Finishing is a victory. Winning is something very few can only dream of.

It took an Olympian effort to control the race, which Nino Shurter managed to do, in order to secure the stage win for his support team – but of course, what it meant for him was that he and team mate Mathias Stirnemann were able to claw back valuable time on race leaders Manny Fumic & Henrique Avancini – who finished third on the stage.

Consider for a moment that if it took these World and Olympic Champions a shade over 4 hours to complete the course, what the back markers will be doing in order to stay in the race and avoid elimination.

Team Pyga Euro Steel

Staying with the main bunch until the Houw Hoek climb, the Team fought bravely but lost contact on the tricky ascent. With fatigue catching up, they slipped to 15th on the stage and 11th overall on GC.