The Cape Epic happens each year in South Africa, taking riders through 700Km of landscape with nearly 15,000 metres of climbing. We’ve been bombarded with some very long press releases from various sources today; here are podium results and some of the bits that stick out.
Overall Results Men:
1. SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing 5-1 Nino Schurter (Switzerland) 5-2 Matthias Stirnemann (Switzerland) 26:35.06,5
2. Investec-Songo-Specialized 3-1 Christoph Sauser (Switzerland) 3-2 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Czech Republic) 26:43.13,9 +8.07,4
3. Centurion Vaude 2 16-1 Nicola Rohrbach (Switzerland) 16-2 Daniel Geismayr (Austria) 26:54.41,3 +19.34,8
Overall Results Women:
1. Meerendal CBC 52-1 Esther Suss (Switzerland) 52-2 Jennie Stenerhag (Sweden) 31:39.43,7
2. Hansgrohe Cadence OMX Pro 54-1 Mariske Strauss (South Africa) 54-2 Annie Last (England) 32:15.03,0 +35.19,3
3. Ascendis Health 51-1 Sabine Spitz (Germany) 51-2 Robyn de Groot (South Africa) 32:26.46,0 +47.02,3
Jennie Stenerhag reportedly wept after winning on Sunday, as almost exactly a year ago she was having heart surgery (We’d show you their victory picture, but unfortunately the press photo archive they sent us a link to has more watermarks than Gormenghast and doesn’t allow downloads without filling in a contact form for each photo. You can see one in this gallery on their site though).
Each year since 2012, the Exaaro jersey has been presented to the fastest, historically disadvantaged South African team in which both riders are under 26. This year, Phillimon Sebona and William Mokgopo won and will be spending eight days training at an elite academy in Belgium. More details on the Cape Epic website.
Courtesy of World of Freesports, there are also a couple of videos, firstly in landscape flavour:
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And a winners montage:
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