Tag Archives: ABSA Cape Epic

Extraordinary Ride Illuminates Tough Day

An exhaustd Karl Platt of the Bulls after finishing stage 3 during stage 3 of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin to HTS Drostdy in Worcester, South Africa on the 18 March 2015 - Photo by Shaun Roy/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

It was the longest stage of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic and one of the toughest, but the 128km slog on Wednesday through alternating sections of thick sand and rocks was illuminated by one extraordinary performance. Arianke Kleinhans and Annika Langvad (RECM Specialized) had gone to bed on Tuesday night in the knowledge that their lead of more than half ...

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Kingsley Holgate Riders On A Mission To Save Lives

Mike Nixon and Jasper van Dijk from team Kingsley Holgate pose with Kingsley Holgate and race founder Kevin Vermaak during the Prologue of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa on the 15 March 2015

Photo by Sophie Smith/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Mike Nixon met his Absa Cape Epic partner 5000 metres above sea level. Jasper van Dijk stumbled into Nixon’s tent at the base camp at K2. He had five cups of tea and when Van Dijk, who is from the Netherlands, eventually thawed out the two men started talking about their passions. “Jasper told me he loved mountain biking. ‘Have ...

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Rain Doesn’t Dampen Absa Cape Epic Spirit

Urs Huber and Karl Platt of the Bulls finish second 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 Shaun Roy/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 ahead ...

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Croeser, Walker stay in the red

Rourke Croeser (front) and Travis Walker (rear) 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 Sam Clark/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Youngsters Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker (USN) continued their fine form from Sunday’s prologue to retain the red Absa African special jersey after Monday’s Stage 1. But it was not easy: “I have been riding for some 11 years and this is by far the hardest day ever on the bike for me,” said Croeser. “On the start line we ...

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Big names line up for Aramex songo.info Champions Race

Christoph Sauser in action in last year's Aramex songo.info Champions Race.​

Current World Champions, former World Champions, Olympic medalists and national champions will line up for the 2015 Aramex songo.info Champions Race on Wednesday in Kayamandi. This year will be the fourth Champions Race. With all the riders already in town for the Absa Cape Epic, they also signed up for this exciting race. The first two years it was a race only ...

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Mennen’s Epic Epic Journey


Germany’s Robert Mennen seems destined to have an interesting relationship with the Absa Cape Epic.  In 2013 he was forced out of the race when he hit what he described as “a peeg” as he descended on singletrack during Stage 1 near Citrusdal.  The pig, it turned out, was a duiker (small antelope) and in the ensuing tumble Mennen broke his ...

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Additional Cape Town Cycle Tour entries ‘up for grabs’


(Cape Town, 3 October 2014) Another 3 000 entries are to be made available to local riders wanting to take part in the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour. All available entries were snapped up in just eight hours when they opened last month, taking the race organisers by surprise and leaving many local would-be entrants disappointed. David Bellairs, a director of the Cape ...

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From Sand to Snow – Mannie Heymans to ride Snow Epic

Mannie ‘Mr African’ HEYMANS at 2014 Absa Cape Epic, stage 4 - -SPORTZPICS

Earlier this year cycling legend Mannie Heymans became the first person to do the Absa Cape Epic on a fatbike. Now he will be swopping the sand dunes of Namibia for the ski slopes of Switzerland – and the first ever Snow Epic. Heymans won the inaugural Transalp MTB stage race in 1998 and then the first Absa Cape Epic ...

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Dimension Data to sponsor the Masters category at the 2015 Absa Cape Epic

Photo - Cape-Epic.com

The world’s foremost mountain bike stage race announced on Friday that the Dimension Data’s role as a headline sponsor would be extended to sponsoring the jersey. The Masters category is fiercely contested and the sponsorship was immediately welcomed by legendary Dutch mountain biker Bart Brentjens, who won the Masters division in this year’s Absa Cape Epic. “The Cape Epic is ...

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Dimension Data joins the Absa Cape Epic team

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 ...

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