Tag Archives: Womens Mountain Biking

Unbeatable Kleinhans and Langvad Cruise To Victory

Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad celebrate winning the Ladies Overall division during the final stage (stage 7) of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Wellington to Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, South Africa on the 22 March 2015 - Photo by Emma Hill/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

The Absa Cape Epic’s most impressive ever pairing in the Sasol Women’s category started high-fiving spectators 3km from the finish line at Meerandal Wine Estate on the Grand Finale of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic. From the Prologue to Stage 7, Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad dominated the 2015 Absa Cape Epic with their intensity and world class mountain biking ...

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Safety First For Sasol Women’s Category Leaders

Absa Cape Epic 2015 Stage 5 Worcester to Wellington

After a week of sand, rocks and long, brutal stretches of rough riding, riders at the Absa Cape Epic enjoyed something of a “fun” day out on Stage 6. Of course, fun is relative at the Cape Epic and the second last day of the race, while only 71km long, still featured 2000m of climbing and technical riding on the ...

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The Tough Get Going As Going Gets Tough

Womens stage winners Ariane Kleinhans & Annika Langvad of Specialized during stage 4 of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from HTS Drostdy in Worcester, South Africa on the 19 March 2015

Photo by Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Stage 4 of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic, a 111km loop of the Worcester countryside, finished much like the previous stage – with riders covered in sand, cursing the heat and rocky conditions of the route. And, of course, with Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad of Team RECM Specialized crossing the line first, well ahead of the chasing pack in ...

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Triumph And Tears At Absa Cape Epic Women’s Race

Ariane Kleinhans breaks down in tears as Bobby Behan tells her that they may have made up the time they lost in the stage 2 penalty 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 Sophie Smith/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Immediately after Team RECM Specialized’s Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad crossed the line of Stage 3 at HTS Drostdy in Worcester, they collapsed to the ground in exhaustion and elation. The 128km ride – blitz in their case – from Elgin to Worcester had been an emotional rollercoaster. Moments later, Kleinhans was in tears as a close friend offered his ...

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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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‘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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An Epic Adventure For A Cycling Legend

She might be the world’s most-decorated women’s mountain biker, but Norway’s Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is playing down her chances of a win in her debut Absa Cape Epic. - Multivan Merida Website

She might be the world’s most-decorated women’s mountain biker, but Norway’s Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is playing down her chances of a win in her debut Absa Cape Epic.  “‘Survive and enjoy’ is the motto for Kathrin (Stirnemann, her partner in Team World Bicycle Relief) and I,” said Dahle Flesjå.  “We are approaching it as a great adventure … and, of ...

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Esther Suss Aims For The Top

ROBERTSON  during stage 4 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 27 March 2014 - Photo by Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

The formidable women’s field for the 2015 Absa Cape Epic includes several of the biggest names in mountain biking, and few have graced the sport quite like Esther Suss.  The Swiss legend and former Marathon World Champion is 40 now but still at the top of her game.  She has twice notched up wins at the Absa Cape Epic: in ...

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