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  1. This video, entitled “The Ability to Suffer” is the first video produced by Road 2 Nowhere Productions, which was born out of a collaboration between Goosebump Productions and the Breede Centre as an attempt to uplift people in the McGregor community by giving them the necessary skills to tell their own stories in the modern era.
  2. Follow the story of two unlikely characters from McGregor, but from very different backgrounds, who have the odds stacked against them as they team up to conquer the world's most prestigious mountain bike race - the Cape Epic. View full article
  3. Reid started the 100th stage of the world’s most prestigious mountain-bike stage race in the Outcast special jersey for UCI riders, after teammate Gert Heyns was forced to withdraw on Monday’s Stage 1, due to illness. Reid has had an unfortunate run of luck at this year's Cape Epic. Two weeks before the race his original partner, US National XCO Champ, Howard Grotts broke his ribs in training and was forced to withdraw. The eleventh-hour team of Reid and Heyns were quietly optimistic that they could shake things up, especially in the fierce competition for the Absa African Special Jersey. The young cross-country specialists had started the week off well with a powerful performance at the Prologue at Meerendal on Sunday, where they finished fourth overall to claim the red African jersey. “On Tuesday's Stage 2 I started in C-batch and went hard from the start to try and get a good day’s racing done,” Reid commented afterward. “However, you don’t get the stimulus when you aren't with the front guys and what actually struck me was how much longer five hours felt today over yesterday. I think it's because I didn’t have the ‘racing’ stimulus – the chatting, reading other riders' body language, responding to attacks or carving singletrack together.’ Reid explained that riding back in the pack felt as though he was, “playing pac-man against himself.” “Yeah, you can sort of get into it, but after a while there are only one or two Outcasts out there and it gets kind of lonely – sure, you are riding your bike in a beautiful setting, but because you’re not racing, you’re not as emotionally invested in the day as everyone else… The sense of accomplishment is not nearly as big,” he said. Reid is philosophical about the situation, “this is bike racing and bike racing can be brutal, you do what you can with the cards that you’re dealt,” he said. Reid made the decision to withdraw from the race to start building toward 2016 African Continental Mountain Bike Championships on 2 April, at Afriski in Lesotho, where he hopes to gather valuable points toward Olympic qualification. With no UCI points on offer to Outcast riders at the Cape Epic, James needs to rejoin the hunt for selection. “I understand what a privilege it is to ride in the Cape Epic and I want to thank the organisers as well as my sponsors Spur and Specialized for all their support. But there are important races in the next two weeks that are crucial for Rio selection. So I will shift my attention to racing in circles really quickly for an-hour-and-a-half, as opposed to out in the mountains for five hours,” the reigning South African XCO Champion joked. Reid is adamant he'll return to the Absa Cape Epic to take care of unfinished business. “This event is incredible,” he said. “It really is all that it is made out to be – the pace at the front is brutal and just judging by the [low] number of riders at the sharp end who speak English as a first language, it really is a multi-lingual, international, professional bike race.” “Lessons learned. A lot of lessons learned. There could be more [if he stayed in the race], but I feel the gains would be marginal,” he said. “I’m disappointed to leave, but I feel like I have enough knowledge loaded in my mind to take on this race properly, with a fighting chance, in a year’s time.” “You really have to have a good strategy and a lot of experience; and you have to have the right partner and the best support – which I have had this year – to make a go of it, I’m excited for next year already,” Reid concluded.
  4. The mountains of Andorra have long been a magical place for mountain bikers, and now, it will extend its fame to a new sort of enjoyment: Stage racing in two-person teams. After the first Epic Series Legend race in Europe, the Swiss Epic in Graubünden, the newly introduced Andorra MTB-Classic Pyrenees is only the second event of the Series on the continent, and the first Classic race with four stages. Starting in La Massana, riders will first take on a Prologue which features parts of Vallnord Bike Park - host of 7 UCI Mountain Bike World Cups. The Prologue promises to be an enjoyable start to the race, which allows amateurs to ride in the footsteps of the world's best. Stage 1 will be a looped course around La Massana. Ominously, it features 1550 metres of climbing in the 42 kilometres which separate the start and finish. "The climbs will definitely make the legs work, but the mind-bogglingly beautiful views reward for all the sweat, stresses and strain," explained Corina Feuerstein, Race Director of the Swiss Epic, after she had scouted the route in Andorra. Stage 2 claims the honour of being the race’s Queen Stage. With 1950 metres of climbing in just 60 kilometres, it will be a real test for riders of all levels. The challenging climb up to the highest point of the race, at 2322 metres above sea level, is a standout feature of the stage. The climb promises to test riders but boasts several highlights on the way up, like the picture-perfect Pessons Lake. In true Epic Series fashion, what goes up must come down and the 2400 metres of descending will be nothing short of amazing, thanks to the fast-flowing singletracks in one of Europe's best mountain biking playgrounds. The final stage, Stage 3, will see riders covering 49 kilometres from Naturlandia to La Massana with a total of 1300 metres of climbing. The climb up the Planells de la Rabassa will take the rider’s breath away, but it will be worth the effort as they are rewarded with magnificent views of La Rabassa and the majestic Serra del Cadí mountain range. A short history lesson is then added to the mix as riders pedal through Spanish history by crossing a Spanish Civil War bunker. Stage 3’s 1600m of descending, ensures that the earlier efforts are well rewarded – a fact that Feuerstein eagerly confirmed: “Long climbs are often followed by even longer descents, making the riding experience one riders will remember for years to come." Beyond doubt, two-person teams will enjoy four days in the saddle through one of Europe's top mountain biking destinations. In addition to incredible riding, the race entry includes several additional amenities that make the race experience, in combination with the distinctive mountain biking fellowship and some of the region's culinary delights, even better.
  5. Photo by Greg Beadle. The decision to postpone the event has been made due to an upsurge of international and local Covid-19 cases, and the ever-changing restrictions relating to mass participation events in South Africa. As always, the safety of riders, staff, crew, and stakeholders remains paramount to every decision made by the organisation and we will continue to follow guidelines and recommendations in a manner consistent with local community objectives and within the expectations set by public health entities. We at the Absa Cape Epic appreciate that this may not be the news that our riders were hoping to receive as we approach the Festive Season break – a time where riders usually spend countless hours in preparation of what’s to come in The Race That Measures All – but we want to ensure you have the maximum notice and opportunity to plan for the rescheduled event date. Our team, sponsors, crew, and local communities have been working tirelessly to adapt to the challenges posed in these uncertain times, but it has become clear that in order to deliver an event to the standard the Absa Cape Epic is renowned for, it is best to postpone to 17-24 October 2021. “I would like to thank all of our riders as well as our sponsors and stakeholders for their understanding and unwavering support in what has been an extremely demanding year,” explained Michael Flinn, Managing Director of the Absa Cape Epic. All registered riders for the 2021 Absa Cape Epic have been sent an email explaining the options available to them. Like our riders, we are disappointed but look forward to welcoming them back for an exceptional race experience in October 2021.
  6. Riders compete in teams of two but there are no teams cars and no mechanical assistance here. Racers rely on their teammates, and sleep beside them too at organised camps between the stages. To tackle the Cape Epic, you’d better be more than just teammates but firm friends as well. In Lachlan Morton and Alex Howes, EF Pro Cycling had a duo dialled into the demands of mountain biking, and the scene was set for another alternative calendar escapade. But then the news broke… Music: Builder’s Tea Cover Photo: Gruber Images
  7. The Cape Epic is the world’s toughest mountain bike race. Held in the Western Cape region of South Africa, it pits participants against eight days of relentlessly rough terrain with almost constant climbing and descending, and searing temperatures. Click here to view the article
  8. Mediclinic, the event’s medical partner since inception and which provides services to many Western Cape events, supports the decision. The decision also has the full support of most of our sponsors, including our headline sponsor, Absa. The event was due to start on Sunday March 15 on Table Mountain and end on March 22 in Paarl after travelling to Ceres, Tulbagh and Wellington. I have taken this step with a heavy heart, but the health and safety of everybody involved in the event has to be paramount. At 6pm today we received the formal advice from government. Race founder, Kevin Vermaak Kevin appealed for patience from all stakeholders, who will be contacted directly regarding the way forward.
  9. Out of concern for the health and safety of our riders and other stakeholders, following recent advice received from the Western Cape Government, we have no choice but to cancel the 2020 Absa Cape Epic due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Click here to view the article
  10. Even if you don't have a gym in your back yard there's a lot you can do at home to keep fit during lockdown. Or you can "train via osmosis" from the couch. Check out the first episode of Fitter, Faster, Stronger for some tips from the World Champ. The bike community has given me many great memories… Now it's time for me to give something back and show you my training secrets in a new "How to“ series. Join me in EP1 in the gym to become FITTER, FASTER and STRONGER Nino Schurter on Facebook See more info and a Q&A with Nino on scott-sports.com. Video: RainedUpon Media
  11. With some time to kill following the Absa Cape Epic cancellation, Nino Schurter and the Scott Sports team got into the gym to share some of his training secrets. Click here to view the article
  12. Hey everyone! I and my partner are interested in travel (just a bit) around Cape Town after the race ends. We would like to do the Garden Route by car. Does anyone know safe ways to save our bikes (despite the original hotels we booked at Cape Town)? Thanks in advance !
  13. Cape Epic 2020 Do you think the event will be canceled with the recent news of some pro teams withdrawals? Ghost Factory racing and Spez have pulled out so far that i have seen. I'm sure Scott will follow as Nino's main focus would be on Olympics??
  14. Please credit: Etienne Schoeman It is a tough decision for us to pull out of the Cape Epic as the training has been amazing all week and working with the Songo Foundation has been so meaningful. While we head home from this year’s event, we all look forward with great anticipation to coming back to this beautiful race in 2021. Team Manager Eric Fostvedt We look forward to resuming racing as soon as possible, but remain committed to doing our part to help contain COVID-19. Until then we urge everyone to stay safe and be strong. Together we win.
  15. Photo credit: Michele Mondini Given the extremely difficult situation in Italy due to the Coronavirus, Team Trek-Pirelli has decided not to leave for South Africa to participate in the Cape Epic 2020. An inevitable decision not only to safeguard the health of athletes and all staff, but also to secure all participants in an important race such as the Cape Epic. Although the trip of the whole team could have been possible as dictated by "job motivations" according to the rules of the Italian Government's DPM, Team Trek-Pirelli decided that in this extremely difficult situation the best choice was to respect the "good practices" dictated by the government: stay in Italy and not participate in the Cape Epic 2020. "It was a really painful decision - said team manager Marco Trentin - and we still struggle to digest it, but because of the COVID all our flights have been canceled by Turkish Airlines, also the Italian government has promulgated a ban on travel first for the residents in Lombardy (Samuele Porro) and in the province of Treviso (Damiano Ferraro), then for all the Italian inhabitants. We then spoke with Trek South Africa office about the situation in the country and this has us made to reflect on some not secondary points. We therefore thought that avoiding the participation of the Team Trek-Pirelli in the Cape Epic 2020 was the right decision to make both for our athletes and for the health of many other people. We do not hide the displeasure behind this decision. The guys and all the staff were ready to give 110% in the race to achieve better goals than the previous editions, but we believe that the situation is bigger than we are and that at the moment this is the correct decision to make. " We hope that those who passionately follow the Team Trek-Pirelli will understand this decision and support us as they always did even in this difficult moment. We also want to be an example for all athletes out there to limit travel as much as possible, to allow the MTB season in Italy to start without further problems in the shortest possible time, to give us all the opportunity to return to having fun on our beloved bicycles.
  16. While the Absa Cape Epic implements a comprehensive safety plan for the event each year, we have further built on these measures based on the recommendations and guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) Interdepartmental Mass Gatherings Group, the South Africa Department of Health (DOH) via the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the Western Cape Emergency Medical Services, as well as our event medical partner Mediclinic and our safety service provider Eyethu Events. This includes implementation of additional onsite event safety and precautionary measures, as well as education and guidelines for event staff and volunteers at race venue locations to follow. These safety measures promote the daily practice of hygiene protective measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of germs. These actions include but are not limited to the following: Education of all staff and volunteers on distribution methods for waterpoints and race village catering, such as individually served portions, use of utensils and leaving food in packaging where appropriate (e.g. energy bars). Active communication to participants, volunteers, and event staff creating awareness and education about COVID-19, inclusive of signage on site. Additional supply and usage of hygiene products at water points and in the race village such as hand sanitiser, tissues, disinfectants, disposable gloves and increased cleaning and trash disposal procedures. Promoting social distancing through all areas in the race village, including podium presentations and supporter interactions. Routinely disinfecting and cleaning frequently touched surfaces at race venue locations, such as workstations, product distribution areas, tables and electronic devices. At this stage, the South African National Department of Health does not propose altering arrangements for public events, and therefore we will be proceeding with the Absa Cape Epic as planned. We want to remind you that all transfer, deferral and refund policies remain in effect and can be found here – www.cape-epic.com/riders/registered-riders/withdrawals--cancellations-. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 refer to www.who.int, the South Africa Department of Health (DOH) at www.health.gov.za, or Western Cape Government www.westerncape.gov.za/department-of-health/coronavirus. Thank you and we look forward to a great 2020 edition of the Absa Cape Epic. The Absa Cape Epic Team
  17. The Absa Cape Epic Fantasy League is back for 2019. Correctly predict the category winners in the 2019 race and you could win a pair of leaders jerseys signed by the 2019 Absa Cape Epic champions along with premium riding kit from Assos and a host of other prizes. Click here to view the article
  18. How It Works The Absa Cape Epic Fantasy League is all about putting your race insight, commitment, and luck to the test. You'll need to correctly predict daily and overall results per category. If your picks are on point you'll score.Submit your overall picks Pick your overall winning teams for each of the eight categories. Closing date: 7am SAST on Sunday, 17 March 2019. Submit your daily picks Pick your stage winning teams for each of the eight categories, every day of the race. Closing date: 7am SAST on the morning of each stage. Need some help with your picks? Check out the rider form guide here. Prize partners include:ASSOS Devil's Peak Brewing Co Land Rover Squirt Oakley Amped USN Tsogo Sun For more information on the prizes up for grabs click here. Prize Winners Well done to the 2019 winners. Click here to see all the prizes and the final standings. Grand Prize: Brigitte H | 1925 points Assos Leaders Jerseys signed by the 2019 Mens and Womens champions Assos XC Bib Shorts Oakley sunglasses Devils Peak hamper USN hamper Squirt hamper Second place: grimmvolker | 1920 points Oakley sunglasses Devils peak hamper USN hamper, Squirt hamper Third Place: @grootlem | 1910 points Oakley sunglasses Devils peak hamper Spot Prize #1: emeritus | 1680 points (top scorer on Stage 1) Landrover Explore:Outdoor Phone Oakley sunglasses Spot Prize #2: morneveer | 1735 points (top scorer on Stage 6) Two night Tsogo Sun Hotel Stay
  19. Hi guys, If anybody needs a last minute rider please let me know. I’m available. Completed the 2019 Cape Epic. Send me DM for full rider profile/info. Regards Johan Cape Town
  20. Hi, I have an international 2020 Cape Epic invitation available for sale. People interesting please contact me at: millerandmod@gmail.com +34693011492 (Whatsapp)
  21. In the same year, has any person been able to complete all 3 of these events?
  22. Looking for a rider to complete a team due to recently injured partner. Intermediate level rider from Spain, with good MTB experience and completed stage races. This opportunity includes caravan sleeping package
  23. PYGA Euro Steel will use their years of experience in their pursuit of the Absa African Men's jerseys. Photo by Sportograf. PYGA Euro Steel, in their various guises, were, for years, the kings of the competition. The Absa African Men’s jersey competition is in its seventh year, with the African MTB Team’s Matthys Beukes having taken home the title five times. Three of those alongside Philip Buys, and one each with Gert Heyns and Julian Jessop. Only Waylon Woolcock and Darren Lill (in 2016) and the powerful combination of Matt Beers and Alan Hatherly (in 2019) have been able to usurp Beukes and PYGA Euro Steel’s dominance. Beukes and Buys will line up for their fifth Untamed African MTB Race as teammates, on the start ramp at the University of Cape Town; on the 15th of March. How they will perform is slightly less certain than in previous years however, though they remain the favourites for the competition. Buys had a slightly sub-par 2019 by his illustrious standards, but a ninth-place at the season-opening Attakwas Extreme points to Buys moving in the right direction. Phillimon Sebona will once again partner with Pieter du Toit as PYGA Euro Steel 2 at the 2020 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Sportograf. Aiding them in their bid to regain the red jerseys in The Race That Measures All are Phillimon Sebona and Pieter du Toit. The PYGA Euro Steel 2 team will race in order to ensure they are on hand should Buys and Beukes need a wheel or to be paced back to a group. That assistance could be invaluable in PYGA Euro Steel’s quest. Buys and Beukes will be up against the majority of South Africa’s top teams, including NAD Pro MTB at the 2020 Absa Cape Epic. Nico Bell will partner Matt Beers at the 2020 race; Beers is, of course, one of the defending Absa African Men’s jersey champions, though his 2019 partner, Hatherly, has opted not to take part in the Absa Cape Epic in 2020. Choosing to focus rather on preparing for the Tokyo Olympics. Nico Bell returns to take another stab at the Absa African Men's jersey title and will race alongside Matt Beers. Photo by Nina Zimolong. In Bell, Beers has an exceptionally experienced partner. What the NAD Pro MTB team principle lacks in explosive power he makes up for in diesel-engine-like consistency. The fact that an Absa African Men’s jersey remains missing from Bell’s palmarès is perhaps one of the most surprising facts of South African mountain biking. He will therefore be eager to rectify that, in the year he turns 37, as it could be one of his final truly competitive assaults on the Absa Cape Epic. Imbuko Giant's Carstens and Joubert finished second in the Absa African Men's jersey in 2019 and will be looking to go one better in 2020. Photo by Nick Muzik. Beers, though, is likely to be the strongest single rider in the African field. A fact which counts for little in a team race. Having a more balanced line-up with two evenly matched riders is arguably a safer bet. Two well-matched squads are the Imbuko Giant and DSV Pro Cycling outfits. Nicol Carstens and Marco Joubert finished second in the competition, in 2019. The Imbuko Giant pair have subsequently grown as both riders and as a combination. While they are still behind NAD Pro MTB and PYGA Euro Steel in the favourites list, the gap has closed significantly over the last twelve months. Gert Heyns will race alongside Arno du Toit at the 2020 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Shaun Roy. Similarly, Heyns and Arno du Toit of DSV Pro Cycling are well-matched and could upset the more favoured teams. The highly technical route of the 2020 Absa Cape Epic will also play into the hands of the exceptionally skilful Heyns and Du Toit, and having raced the Eselfontein Festival, in October, they are familiar with the trails which will make up Stage 1 of this year’s race. Timothy Hammond is also no stranger to the Absa Cape Epic and is, in fact, and Epic Legend – having taken part in the Absa Cape Epic, The Pioneer, fuelled by Nutri-Grain, and the Swiss Epic. Hammond raced alongside Julian Jessop in 2019, but his quest for red in 2020, under the SPOT Africa banner, will be aided by youngster Matthew Stamatis. Timothy Hammond returns to the Absa Cape Epic in 2020 and will team up with youngster Matthew Stamatis. Photo by Mark Sampson. The Absa African Men’s jersey competition also features a surprise dark horse team, in the form of the Insect Science Pro pairing. Alan Gordon and Keagan Bontekoning are a new partnership but pack a combination of experience and youthful enthusiasm. Bontekoning in particular, has sprung a few surprises on the more established names of South African mountain biking recently. Finally, the First Move Sport pairing of Jaco Venter and Jacques Janse van Rensburg should not be written off, especially as anything can and probably will happen during the Absa Cape Epic. First Move Sport will look to make waves at the 2020 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Raymond Cox.
  24. Candice Lill is excited to partner Mariske Strauss at the 2020 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Sam Clark. The Faces CST team of Mariske Strauss and Candice Lill start as the favourites for the competition. In fact, the pair are among the favourites for the Women’s overall title. Both Strauss and Lill have finished second on the general classification and 2020 represents a chance to go one better and take home the orange Women’s leader jerseys, as well as the Absa African Women's jerseys. Lill was one of the inaugural Absa African Women’s jersey champions, alongside Amy McDougall, in 2018. The South African cross-country champion opted not to defend her title in 2019 however, as she raced with Germany’s Adelheid Morath. She pointed out then that she aimed to win the race outright, rather than targeting the Absa African Women's jersey competition within the Absa Cape Epic. Mariske Strauss returns in 2020 for shot at Absa African Women's Jersey with Candice Lill. Photo by Sportograf. In Strauss, Lill has a partner capable of aiding her in the bid towards both titles. The former national cross-country champion, whose title her now partner won off her, is, on paper, the Faces CST rider’s best possible partner. Both Lill and Strauss are entering the peak of their careers, possess explosive power and superb bike-handling skills. They should, therefore, be able to follow each other’s attacks, but could be at a disadvantage on the long stages where holding a steady pace for hours will be required. The Absa African Women’s jersey defending champions, Sarah Hill and Theresa Ralph will have their work cut out for them if they are to retain their title. Though Hill has grown in leaps and bounds, as a mountain biker, in recent years, she and the evergreen Ralph have not had the firepower to go head-to-head with Faces CST. They do know, from experience, the Absa Cape Epic categories and competitions are easy to lose but difficult to win. Theresa Ralph used her experience to mentor young Sarah Hill to victory in the Absa African Women's Jersey competition. Photo by Sportograf. Ralph is one of the most experienced women in the field. Since taking up mountain biking, at the age of 34 in 2010, just six months before her Absa Cape Epic debut, she has finished eight editions of the Untamed African MTB Race. The Galileo Risk Infiniti rider has finished on the overall podium on two occasions, securing second in 2012 and third in 2014. That experience helped Ralph guide the excitable Hill back from a disastrous start to the 2019 race. Sarah Hill on her way to winning the Absa African Women's Jersey during the 2019 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Sportograf. The Galileo Risk Infiniti pair came back from a 30-minute time penalty to win the Absa African Women’s jerseys after dormakaba’s McDougall withdrew due to illness. Staying healthy, avoiding injuries and reducing the risk of mechanicals are all part of the winning formula. By remaining in contention until Val de Vie, Hill and Ralph can keep themselves in the running for the jerseys. The third team to watch in the Absa African Women’s jersey shakedown is the Saint Ladies combination of Cherise Willeit and Nicky Giliomee. Willeit is the South African road (2008) and time trial (2009) champion, along with holding four Cape Town Cycle Tour titles. A formidable and fearless bunch sprinter, she has made occasional, if not always sustained, forays into the world of mountain biking. Cherise Willeit will team up with Nicky Giliomee as Saint Ladies during the 2020 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Kelvin Trautman. Willeit last rode the Absa Cape Epic in 2017; alongside Mikayla Benkenstein. Her 2020 partner, Giliomee, is no stranger to Absa Cape Epic success. Giliomee won the Virgin Active Mixed Category, alongside Brennan Anderson, in 2018. The Saint Ladies pair raced the Cape Pioneer Trek, in September 2019, together and proved to be well-matched. They are also both exceptionally popular off the bike and likely be found in the middle of a circle of riders, somewhere near the Woolworths coffee truck. While their Saint kit will be difficult to overlook in the peloton, there is no question that, regardless of how they fare in the race for the Absa African Women's jerseys, Willeit and Giliomee will attract their fair share of the media spotlight. Nicky Giliomee will race alongside Cherise Willeit in the 2020 Absa Cape Epic.Photo by Nick Muzik. The favourites for the win remain the Faces CST team; with Olympic qualification spots up for grabs, thanks to the UCI points on offer at the Absa Cape Epic, Strauss and Lill cannot afford not to equal or better their previous bests. That pressure could spur them on to new heights, or it could play into the hands of Galileo Risk Infiniti and the Saint Ladies.
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