Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Can you guess which 7 of the top 10 Olympic Finishers will compete in the Absa Cape Epic 2013?

The top 10 Olympic finishers:

1. Jaroslav Kulhavy
2. Nino Schurter
3. Marco Fontana
4. Jose Hermida
5. Burry Stander
6. Carlos Coloma Nicolas
7. Manuel Fumic
8. Geoff Kabush
9. Alexander Gehbauer
10. Todd Wells

TC's Pick:

Burry Stander (5) with Christoph Sauser - Team Specialized
Jaroslav Kulhavy (1) with Todd Wells (10) - Team Specialized
Nino Schurter (2) with Florian Vogel
Jose Hermida (4)
Marco Fontana (3)
Manuel Fumic (7)

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Absa Cape Epic 2013

Next year I will have the great privilage to be part of the Cape Epic in the capacity as a volunteer.
I am so excited to be part of this top class event. Especially as most of you know how much I love mountainbiking & events organising, being part of the 10th edition is an added bonus plus the the race is so local to where I've spent my school & university years. It will be great to be back in SA in March after 9 years in the UK.

The route has been announced this morning & it looks stunning. Apparently from what I've heard in theory the climbing is more do-able, but I've also heard that it is not the distance of this race that matters, but rather the terrain.

New things that will add to the 10th anniversary celebrations.

- R1 million prize money
- A prize for the highest top team that stayed in the tented village during the race
- 2 new stage towns
- A complete new entry into Lourensford finish with no compulsary portage
- 7 of the top 10 Olympic XC Mens finishers will be racing

Personally I would love it if Raelf Naef (XCE World Champion) and Conrad Stoltz (4 x XTERRA World Champion) competes too. But also looking forward to see local heroes such as Burry Stander, Kevin Evans, David George & Max Knox & also international athletes like Burry's teammate Christoph Sauser & Karl Platt from Team Bulls. #bigcalveoverloadonitsway

As part of the volunteering scheme, you are guaranteed an entry to the next year's race. 

When I told my mom this, her reaction was:
Ma: "Aggeneeee! Tharina dis mos heavy."
TC:"Wat bedoel Ma met heavy?"
Ma: "Julle sĂȘ mos altyd heavy."
TC: "Ooo, bedoel ma hectic?"

Well heavy or hectic, they are both very descriptive of what one could expect of this race.

When I told Elisca, her reaction was:
Elisca: Gaan ons dit doen?
TC: As jy vir ons 'n sponsor kry?

Looking forward to work hard as a volunteer & contribute to the Absa Cape Epic 2013 from 16 March 2013 - 24 March 2013.

Team Bulls, Stefan Sahm & Karl Platt
Photo by Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS
Hectic... Kuite
Photo by Sven Martin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS Sven Martin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS
Photo by Sven Martin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS Sven Martin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Photo by Sven Martin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS Sven Martin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS