Quick fingers won the day as 100 Early Bird entries for the 2019 Absa Cape Epic sold out virtually instantly on Monday, 26 March – a day after the highly successful 15th edition. Of the thousands of hopefuls who logged on to the Absa Cape Epic website at 3pm on Monday, only 100 were lucky enough to secure a slot in the 2019 Absa Cape Epic race. Those who missed out on an Early Bird entry…"Quick fingers get entries"
Camperdown – The Aloe Park Lap Challenge race on Sunday, race two of the KZN MTB Lap Challenge Series, dished up some tough, muddy condition with young Henry Liebenberg taking home the honours in a dominant display where he trounced the rest of the field while Frances Janse van Rensberg took home the ladies win. An exciting main race kicked off in the knowledge that there was going to be a new race winner with…"Liebenberg dominant at Leg 2"
It was a case of something old and something new on the top step of the 2018 Absa Cape Epic Men’s and Women’s category podiums when experienced campaigners triumphed with new partners. In the men’s race, Czech Jaroslav Kulhavy notched up his third win, this time with young American Howard Grotts (Investec Songo Specialized). The powerful Kulhavy and accomplished climber Grotts made for a formidable combination and eventually dominated the category. In the women’s race…"Powerhouse pairings take Epic"
The final stage of the 2018 Absa Cape Epic looms on Sunday and, barring disaster, two United States riders will stand atop the Men’s and Women’s podiums for the first time ever. Howard Grotts and Czech powerhouse Jaroslav Kulhavy have an 8 minute and 26 second cushion in the Men’s category after Saturday’s Stage 6 while Kate Courtney and partner Annika Langvad of Denmark are a massive 46 minutes ahead of their nearest women competitors.…"US to celebrate day of co-dependence"
Illness and injury has been a constant spectre hanging over the women’s race at the Absa Cape Epic, and on Saturday it once again influenced the podium with an obviously ill Mariske Strauss and partner Annie Last forced to concede second overall. As Annika Langvad and Kate Courtney (Investec Songo Specialized) have been charging inexorably to victory, their rivals have been battling just to stay in the event, let alone remain competitive in the ever-changing…"Songo look toward clean-sweep"
THE second leg of the KZN MTB Lap Challenge at Aloe Park on Sunday will see the end of an almost two-year domination of the series by Stuart Marais, with the first new winner guaranteed since he won Leg 3 way back in April 2016. Since that event, Marais, who is currently taking part in the Absa Cape Epic and so unable to race in KZN this weekend, has been unbeaten in the Lap Challenge…"New winner guaranteed"
With a brutal 39km and 1430m of vertical asccent to negotiate, there was no rest for Investec Songo Specialized, Cannondale Factory Racing and Canyon Topeak as the hunt for the Absa Cape Epic yellow jersey intensified on the Stage 5 time trial in Wellington. On paper the course looked to favour the cross-country specialists – more specifically the Cannondale Factory Racing boys and Prologue winners, Centurion Vaude, but as it turned out that was not…"Songo consolidate their lead"
It was just another day of Absa Cape Epic racing and another win for the Annika Langvad and Kate Courtney as they snatched a surprisingly tight victory at the time-trial in and around Wellington on Friday. It was the sixth win from six stages for the Investec Songo Specialized pair, but for the first time at the 2018 event there was some doubt about the result in the Women’s category for most of the stage.…"Songo rivals at sixes and sevens"
Annika Langvad celebrated her birthday by winning a “brutal” Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic with her American partner Kate Courtney on Thursday and extended their lead in the Women’s category to an almost unassailable 32 minutes. The birthday presents started rolling in for Langvad even before the start as their nearest rivals, Ariane Lüthi and Githa Michiels (Team Spur), were forced to withdraw with the tough Michiels picking up a fever overnight and…"Birthday win for Langvad, Courtney"
After relinquishing their lead and yellow jersey to Investec Songo Specialized on on Wednesday, Cannondale Factory Racing were on a mission to rectify their tactical mistakes on a course that suited the cross-country specialists on Thursday. However, after building a substantial lead, mechanical issues scuppered their chances and Jaroslav Kulhavy and Howard Grotts kept their race-leaders jerseys. Despite winning the Queen Stage on Thursday, Centurion Vaude’s Daniel Geismayr and Nicola Rohrbach still find themselves in fourth…"Geismayr, Rohrbach take the Queen Stage"