Tag Archives: ABSA Cape Epic 2015

Day Of Drama At Absa Cape Epic

  In a day of drama, Christoph Sauser Monday laid down a significant marker in his bid to become the first person to win the Absa Cape Epic five times. The Swiss master and his Czech teammate Jaroslav Kulhavy (Investec-Songo-Specialized) showed great form on the 113km Stage 1 as they overcame a puncture to finish the day almost a minute ...

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Markus Kaufmann Out Of Absa Cape Epic

Germany’s Markus Kaufmann, one of the pre-race favourites for the 2015 Absa Cape Epic, has had to pull out after breaking his collarbone in the Andalucia Bike Race in Spain. Kaufmann was due to ride again with countryman Jochen Kaess this year and they had been tipped as potential winners. Kaess will now team up with young Austrian Daniel Geismayr. ...

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Make A Date For 2016

The third stage of the 2016 Absa Cape Epic will be the 100th in the history of the race, and event founder Kevin Vermaak has promised something special for that day. “We are looking at a variety of things we could lay on to make it memorable,” said Vermaak. Might it be the longest stage ever in the history of ...

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Absa Cape Epic Fuels Boks’ Competitive Fires

Previously, when sportsmen retired they turned their hands to coaching. Some even dabbled in selling fax machines and other now-defunct office equipment. Failing those rather dour retirement pastimes, there was always a golf day around the corner that required a bleary-eyed ex-Bok to announce at the first tee, or maybe even participate in a sponsored event while dreaming of glories ...

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Platt Bids For Win Number Five

“There is only one gas and that’s full gas,” laughs Karl Platt about the way he will be approaching the 2015 Absa Cape Epic. “I want to win it if possible.” His Team Bulls partner Urs Huber is also making no bones about their objective: “After a lot of bad luck last year we are coming to win it this ...

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Absa Cape Epic Wins Again

The Absa Cape Epic has walked away with top honours in the prestigious Sport Participation Event category at the Discovery Sport Industry Awards for the second year running. The awards, which celebrate the most “creative, innovative and commendable” work in South Africa’s sporting sector, were held at the Sandton Convention Centre last night (Thursday, 12 February 2015). The Sport Participation ...

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Joker José Looks For Consistency

If there was a prize for popularity at the Absa Cape Epic the Spanish/Dutch combination of José Hermida and Rudi van Houts would be the winners by some distance. The irrepressible Spaniard is always smiling, always ready with a joke and appears to have an endless supply of good humour. Van Houts is a bit quieter and something of a ...

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“The toughest competition ever …”

Ariane Kleinhans is under no illusions about the challenge that will confront her and partner Annika Langvad when they defend their Absa Cape Epic title next month: “We will definitely face the toughest competition ever at this year’s Cape Epic,” she said.  The Swiss/Danish duo won in compelling fashion from Esther Süss of Switzerland and Briton Sally Bigham in 2014.  ...

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Kaess, Kaufmann Due Some Good Karma

Before the 2014 Absa Cape Epic four times winner Karl Platt of Germany told journalists that they should keep an eye on his countrymen Markus Kaufmann and Jochen Kaess as potential race winners.  If they did not take him seriously at the time they were certainly doing so after Stage 1, when the Team Centurion Vaude pair won convincingly to ...

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‘Iron Sally’ Back With A New Partner

At first glance Sally Bigham might be taken for the university researcher that she was when the mountain biking bug bit in 2006.  But the 1.65m and 52kg Englishwoman has since earned herself the nickname of “Iron Sally” for her extraordinary feats on a mountain bike.  These include two wins in the Women’s category at the rugged Absa Cape Epic ...

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