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An old favourite and a brand new Grand Finale

In 2017 the Absa Cape Epic returns to an old favourite seaside venue for a spectacular Stage 1 … and finishes at a new Grand Finale venue. After the Prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate the riders, crew and supporters will transfer to Hermanus for the first staging of the race in the coastal town since 2008. In the intervening years ...

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SA explorer Sibusiso Vilane to take on the Untamed African MTB race

Sibusiso Vilane has summited Mount Everest twice – in 2003 and again with legendary adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes in 2005. He has also conquered all of the “Seven Summits” – the highest mountains on each of the earth’s continents. And then, for good measure, there was the time in 2007 when he and fellow adventurer Alex Harris trekked unsupported and ...

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Absa Cape Epic gears up for change

THE Absa Cape Epic is taking steps to boost its development rider category to help nurture future mountain bike champions. In addition to the teams fielded by the Exxaro MTB Academy, in 2017 the Exxaro special jersey race for development riders will also include teams committed from academies in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape. The category is open ...

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Leading hotel and entertainment group joins race’s sponsor family

One is a leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company and the other the Untamed African mountain bike stage race. Now Tsogo Sun has joined the Absa Cape Epic as its official accommodation partner until 2019. Tsogo Sun also has partnerships with the Springboks, the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Cape Town Marathon and the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, amongst others. ...

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Elite women’s rule change gets big thumbs up

The 2016 Absa Cape Epic was special for the elite women competitors thanks to the new start batch and the trail-laden route … and there was the introduction of a “podium guy”. The race introduced a separate batch for elite women racers after getting feedback from riders in the 2015 event. In essence the new batch was designed to make ...

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Perfecting the work/life/training balance with John Smit

The former Springbok captain just completed his third Absa Cape Epic to join the coveted Amabubesi club, much like any other CEO – he’s the chief executive officer of the Sharks – Smit has scant little free time on a regular week. Training for something like the Epic – a gruelling eight-day mountain bike stage race – requires between 15 ...

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Karl Platt claims fifth Absa Cape Epic crown

  Twelve years after claiming his first Absa Cape Epic title Karl Platt today became only the second person to win the event five times when he and Urs Huber (Team Bulls) calmly sealed a dominant victory. German Manuel Fumic and Brazilian Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory Racing) claimed Stage 7 – the prestigious Grand Finale win – but it was ...

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Nearly All Systems Go for Madolo and Sauser on Stage 4

  Stage 4 of the 2016 Absa Cape Epic was a good day for Sipho Madolo and Christoph Sauser. Madolo despite not being completely over his stomach bug put the hammer down making up for lost time on trails which suited his riding style. After two days of riding well within himself, as he nursed Madolo through his darkest hours ...

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Mentor and Protégé Off to a Solid Start

The Investec songo Specialized duo of Sipho Madolo and Christoph Sauser got their 2016 Absa Cape Epic campaign off to a solid start with a 1 hour 14 minute and 12 second blitz around the 26km Prologue route. Their time was good enough for 29th position in the open men’s category and sets them up well for the week ahead. ...

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