ABSA Cape Epic Results

So another Cape Epic has come and gone, but what an event all in all. I think the 2009 ABSA Cape Epic has set new standards in MTB events. And just to think that after the fire in Cape Town, many of us thought the race would’ve been cancelled. Luckily, it didn’t and we were treated to some amazing displays of speed, power and endurance.

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Below are the winners of each category:

In the men’s competitions, the Bulls team consisting of German riders, Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm, took top honours.

In the ladies’ competition, the ABSA Ladies team of Sharon Laws from England and our local lass Hanlie Booyens went home with the top gong.

In the master’s competition, the ABSA Masters team of Doug Brown (South Africa) and Bärti Bucher were the final winners.

In the mixed competition, the Adidas Big Tree team of Nico Pfitzenmaier from South Africa and Alison Sydor from Canada went home as champions of their category.

And in the Kodak moment of the year, the Bulls and Songo.info teams, consisting of Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser, crossed the finish line at the same time, holding onto each other.

Please give a round of applause to all the winners *clap, clap*

For all the detailed results, please visit the official website at http://www.cape-epic.com

Ricky in Spandex

Old Toppies

Who else avoided the roads yesterday? Jeez, the taxi violence was freaking hectic! Our boss, who is normally as benevolent as Shao Kahn, even let us work from home in fear that we may just get caught shot or something. Come now South Africa; let’s sort out our problems like grown-ups and not like war fiends.  

On a much happier note, it seems like everyone in the cycling community is talking about the ABSA Cape Epic, so what the hell lemme jump right on that bandwagon too! Yesterday, I read on MiWay MTB that there are a total of 138 teams in the Masters competing at the Epic. And boy, oh boy, can some of these toppies ride! They ain’t grandpas! Let’s just say that these guys are some mature, experienced riders who would probably kick my young ass on the track.

Keep your eyes on the pair from Cycle Lab Supercycling Toyota, Andrew McLean and Shan Wilson. McLean (44) was one of SA’s top road cyclists and Wilson (40) was a canoeist who finally saw the light and joined the MTB world. They are currently in second place after Stage 3, with only ABSA Masters’ Doug Brown and Bärti Bucher ahead of them.

Anyhow, I must be off. I’m going to get in my car and brave the warzone now. So, if you don’t hear from me again, just know I loved you all…Ricky, marry me? *screams like teenage girl*

Marky Mark

Making History

So the ABSA Cape Epic is underway and it’s going to be fast and frantic in the next couple of days as the competitors attempt to write their names into the history books.

Locally, the South African team of Kevin Evans and David George, as well as the team of Brandon Stewart and Max Knox, will attempt to become the first ever South African team to win the ABSA Cape Epic.

Realistically, these local competitors have what it takes to get into the history books and make a name for themselves, because they certainly aren’t lacking talent or determination. I’m sure the bling and strippers will soon follow hehehehe

I’m sure they’ll be burning up Table Mountain as they come around. Oops, shouldn’t have said the word ‘burn’, since some pyromaniac idiot decided that Cape Town needed less beauty and set it alight.

Regardless, let’s get behind our local teams and hope they bring us all success!

Ricky in Spandex

ABSA Cape Epic is tomorrow!

The time is upon us once more – tomorrow is the start of the 8 day, 743km event known as the ABSA Cape Epic! If you’re not in Cape Town yet, you better hurry up and get your toosh there!

gregminaarAs you all may sadly know, fires ravaged the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town on late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning. So far, the impact on the race has been minimal, minus the cancelling of a few practice sessions through the regions where the fire spread. However, I do suggest that you visit the official website (http://www.cape-epic.com) for up-to-date reports and general information about the race!

I really hope they catch the idiot who caused this fire, because even though the race is still happening, he/she still destroyed the beautiful environment and endangered the life of thousands of people! I hope he/she doesn’t sleep at night knowing that they may get caught at any given moment! But I think we should all applaud the emergency and disaster management team that worked extremely hard to contain the fire. Many of these individuals will also be involved in this year’s race. Thank you for all your hard work!

Regardless, let’s not let some idiot ruin the fun! Get on that bike and endure one of the premier races in not only South Africa, but the world. Starting in Lourensford Wine Estate and ending in Somerset West, the ABSA Cape Epic will be just that – epic!

ABSA Cape Epic: 21 – 28 March, Cape Town

Ricky in Spandex

Speedy Gonzalez

The oddly named Yolande Speedy of IMC Racing Momentum overcame all challengers to grab the gold at the MTN National Cross-country mountain bike championships in George on Saturday.

yourockThe Beijing Olympian notched up an impressive victory over her nearest competitor Erica Green, who was participating in this event as a warm-up to the ABSA Cape Epic. This victory also handed Speedy the national Elite women’s title.

However, I think that it’s pretty freaking impressive that the 38-year-old Erica Green is still performing at such a high level and I’m definitely curious to see what she does at the Epic in April.

Nonetheless, let’s not take anything away from Speedy Gonzalez – she did a pretty impressive job finishing the race with a time of 1:48:46. So take your sombreros off and salute the new champion. Eepa eepa eepa undulay undulay! She no Slowpoke Rodriquez :)  

Ricky in Spandex

Even more Epic news

Just the other day I reported on the Swiss team of Urs Huber and Thomas Zahn that will be competing at the ABSA Cape Epic, and now another two big names have been confirmed as well :D

Erica Green and Willie Engelbrecht have combined forces, cycling not as part of Team Absa but also for South Africa’s sports and education charity, the JAG Foundation. Green is already one of South Africa’s most prominent cycling athletes and is riding the Epic for the third year in a row – this woman’s a machine I’m telling you!

So watch out for these two riders as they go about conquering the dangerous trails of the Cape.

It sucks that I’ve been in bed the whole week with a broken toe and the flu from hell. All I’ve done is play Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 on my Playstation 3. It’s actually quite a decent game. I’ve created a wrestler known as The Cyclist – complete with all the gear :) he’s almost in line for a title shot, so hold thumbs that I’ll be kicking Triple H’s ass at Wrestlemania in a submission match.

Bandaged Jack

Swiss Army

The Swiss are coming! The Swiss are coming! Well, at least to the ABSA Cape Epic, running from the 21- 28 March…

Swiss cyclists Urs Huber and Thomas Zahnd will be participating as Team Stoeckli-Craft at this year’s cycling bonanza. Zahnd has already competed in three previous editions of the Cape Epic, whilst Huber will be competing in his first this year.

Much like Batman and Robin (minus the obvious romantic relationship between the masked crusaders), Zahnd and Huber are going to have to work as a team and be on the same wave length if they are to overcome the mountain (say it slowly and you’ll sound Capetonian) and make it all the way to the finish line at the Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – South Africa is the place to be if you’re a serious cyclist. The evidence is in all the cool people visiting our shores, like the Huber and Zahnd :D

P.S. I still rock with my broken toe from this weekend’s debauchery, which actually didn’t involve cycling, but rather vodka and closed sliding doors.

Bandaged Jack