How Team RE:CM dominated the 2013 Cape Epic

  Erik and Ariane Kleinhans of Team RE:CM dominated the 2013 ABSA Cape Epic from start to finish to claim the Mixed Category title with a winning margin of more than two hours. After their victory in the world’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race, they were able to reflect on just how they achieved their success. “Experience, preparation and exceptional race support,” said Erik Kleinhans. “That’s how I’d summarise…

March 27, 2013
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Buys, Beukes seal successful Cape Epic with another podium finish

South Africa gained a pair of new Cape Epic heroes on Sunday when Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys rode away from the field and into the hearts of the host nation, after finishing an impressive second on Stage 7 of the 2013 ABSA Cape Epic. With a comfortable lead over their nearest rivals in the African team competition, the SCOTT Factory Racing teammates decided to cast aside their ‘go with…

March 27, 2013
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Buys, Beukes show their potential on tough Cape Epic stage

South Africans Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys (SCOTT Factory Racing) finished fourth overall on Saturday’s Stage 6 of the 2013 ABSA Cape Epic and in the process tightened their grip on the African Team competition leader’s jerseys with one day of the race remaining. Brimming with humility, the pair of tall South Africans adopted their standard conservative strategy for the 99km stage from Wellington to Stellenbosch, which included 2950 metres…

March 27, 2013
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SCOTT Factory Racing reclaim Cape Epic African team lead

The battle for the top African team at the 2013 ABSA Cape Epic intensified on Friday when the SCOTT Factory Racing team of Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes finished seventh overall on Stage 5 and reclaimed the lead, which they lost on Stage 1 to fellow South Africans Darren Lill and Charles Keey (Cannondale Blend). Buys and Beukes closed the 16-minute gap down to just 3min 30sec on Wednesday’s Stage…

March 27, 2013
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SCOTT Factory Racing get bonus Cape Epic podium finish

South Africans Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes joined an exclusive club on Thursday when they finished third overall on Stage 4 of the ABSA Cape Epic. In the 10 years of its existence, only a handful of South Africans have set foot on a Cape Epic Men’s category podium; and they’re the first local riders to do so in 2013. The SCOTT Factory Racing pair were beneficiaries of a directional…

March 27, 2013
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Buys, Beukes eagerly anticipate second half of Cape Epic

They almost didn’t get an entry into the 2013 ABSA Cape Epic, but on Wednesday, four days into the race, Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes of the SCOTT Factory Racing team were sitting in eighth place overall and still in with a shot at the African Leader’s Jersey. The 10th edition of the world’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race, was so heavily oversubscribed in 2013 that two-time African champion…

March 27, 2013
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Mixed fortunes for SCOTT teams at Cape Epic opener

There were mixed fortunes for SCOTT teams at the opening stage of the 2013 ABSA Cape Epic in Durbanville, South Africa, on Sunday. Current Cross-country World Champion, Nino Schurter, and his SCOTT Swisspower teammate, Florian Vogel, finished a frustrated eighth overall on the 22km prologue stage around Meerendal Wine Estate following a crash. They were strongly tipped as likely winners of the stage. But South Africans Philip Buys and Matthys…

March 27, 2013
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Oakley goes beyond reason for 10th ABSA Cape Epic

Oakley will once again offer on-route eyewear cleaning stations from which all participants will benefit, regardless of their eyewear brand. Photo: Release Centre The ABSA Cape Epic is the world’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race. It holds the highest International Cycling Union grading (HC) for any stage race and is just one of four bicycle races in the world to hold this status. The others are Tour de France,…

March 27, 2013
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Mr & Mrs Kleinhans in quest to defend Cape Epic title

South African Erik Kleinhans and his Swiss wife, Ariane, are the undisputed fastest married couple in the world of marathon mountain bike racing. Last year, they won the ABSA Cape Epic Mixed category against a classy field and also claimed the Mixed division titles at the 2012 Nedbank Sani2c, joBerg2c and Columbia Grape Escape, all prominent stage races. Racing for Team RE:CM in 2013, they’ve been in good form in their…

March 27, 2013
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Oakley elevates its Mountain Bike commitment at 10th ABSA Cape Epic

Mountain biking is a high-risk, high-reward sport that’s growing fast in terms of global popularity. The annual ABSA Cape Epic, the world’s premier mountain bike stage race, starts on Sunday in South Africa’s Western Cape province, having attracted over 600 two-rider teams ranging from Average Joes, to the world’s top pro’s. The eight-day race offers a unique opportunity for committed amateurs to line up alongside World and Olympic champions to…

March 27, 2013
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