Tag Archives: Womens Mountain Biking

Unbeatable Kleinhans and Langvad Cruise To Victory

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

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

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

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 …”

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

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.  “‘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

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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