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