Tag Archives: ABSA Cape Epic

Dealing with the cards

There’s no such things as an “easy” day in the Epic, and when the best MTB riders in the world take a shade under 4 hours to complete the “short” stage of the Epic, then you know, it’s not easy. And still the race for the overall continues, with bad luck being dished out to many of the leading protagonists ...

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Suss survives to hang on to the lead

“I thought it was the end of our race,” said Absa Cape Epic Hansgrohe Women’s category leader Jennie Stenerhag when describing her partner Esther Suss’s crash near the finish. Suss was left lying on the ground tangled up in her bike just seven kilometres from the finish of Stage 5 after the crash. Meerendal CBC teammate Stenerhag had to help ...

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Schurter, Stirnemann make it SCOTT-SCOTT

The Men’s category is set for a thrilling finale after Olympic cross-country champion Nino Schurter and teammate Matthias Stirnemann (SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing) claimed their first stage win of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic on Friday. Thanks to another strong ride they also moved into the overall race lead after the 84km Stage 5. Second on the day was previous stage ...

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Joel Stransky eager to ride again

Oak Valley, Elgin – Joel Stransky was forced to drop out of this year’s Absa Cape Epic after sustaining several injuries on the event’s Prologue event at Meerendal. Today he visited the Cape Epic as a spectator for the first time since his tumble. The 49-year-old crashed his bike last Sunday, resulting in a punctured lung, two broken ribs and ...

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Combrinck, Bell close red jersey gap at Absa Cape Epic

After a day of mixed riding conditions on Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic, PYGA Euro Steel riders Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes still hold onto the Absa African special jersey, while NAD Pro MTB (Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck) made a dash to claim a top 10 spot on the stage. Diepsloot MTB Academy (William Mokgopo and Phillimon ...

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Evans and Hincapie having a ball at the Absa Cape Epic

“This is an absolutely fantastic event. I have raced for some 20 years on the road and mountain bike and I have never ever experience anything like the Absa Cape Epic.” Those are the words of Cadel Evans, a man who has seen nearly all there has to be seen in cycling. Besides his heralded Tour de France win he ...

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Women extend lead, men’s race opens up

Jennie Stenerhag and Esther Suss (Meerendal CBC) extended their lead in the Hansgrohe Women’s category after Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic, while Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann (SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing) took a decent bite out of Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini’s (Cannondale Factory Racing XC) lead in the men’s race. Debutants Andri Frischknecht and Michiel Van der Heijden ...

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“It just got real”…

112km over rocks, roots, stumps, bushes, gravel, stone and any other obstacle possible, the riders of Cape Epic just got a taste of what it means to earn this medal. Finishing is a victory. Winning is something very few can only dream of. It took an Olympian effort to control the race, which Nino Shurter managed to do, in order ...

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Advantage Suss and Stenerhag

The pendulum in the Hansgrohe Women’s category at the Absa Cape Epic swung a little more toward a victory for Esther Suss and Jennie Stenerhag (Meerendal CBC) on Thursday with the duo adding another three minutes 40 seconds to their lead after the 112km Stage 4 from Greyton to Elgin. The Meerendal CBC pair were able to take advantage of ...

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Absa Cape Epic newbies score Stage 4 win

Race debutants Andri Frischknecht and Michiel Van der Heijden (SCOTT-SRAM Young Guns), with a whole lot of help from 2016 Olympic champion Nino Schurter and partner Matthias Stirnemann (SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing), ruled the day on Stage 4 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. The SCOTT-SRAM Young Guns crossed the line first in a time of 4:10.00,3 with Schurter and Stirnemann ...

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