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Day Of Drama At Absa Cape Epic

Christoph Sauser fixes apuncture during stage 1 of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin, South Africa on the 16 March 2015

Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

  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  of this years Absa Cape Epic - SPORTZPICS.NICK MUZIK.

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

Riders at Stage 2 during the 2014 Absa Cape Epic - SPORTZPICS. GARY PERKIN

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

John Smith & co at the 2014 Absa Cape Epic finish - photo sportograf

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  - Photo Supplied

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

Jose Hermida(Spain) and Rudi Van Houts(Netherlands) of Multivan Merida win stage 1 of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Citrusdal, South Africa on the 18 March 2013

Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

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 …”

Leading ladies, Arianne Kleinhans and Annike Langvad during stage 5 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from The Oak Estate in Greyton to Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin, South Africa on the 28 March 2014 - Photo by Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

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

Stage winners Jochen Kaess & Markus Kaufmann of Centurion-Vaudeduring stage 1 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson, South Africa on the 24 March 2014 - Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

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

Sally Bigham of Team Meerendal leaves the boys behind doen a descent during stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014 - Photo by Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

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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