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Tough Absa Cape Epic comes to a close

Yesterday’s seventh stage of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic provided a fitting finale to one of the most dramatic editions in the iconic stage race’s 14-year history. After the 85km Team Spur’s Ariane Lüthi and Adelheid Morath pushed through to the finish line at Val de Vie, outside Franschhoek, in seventh place, to secure their […]

Into the home stretch

High drama in the women’s field on Saturday’s Queen Stage – the toughest of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic’s seven stages – will see Team Spur go into the Grand Finale in fourth place overall, some 17 minutes adrift of the podium. As today has once again shown, in a race of the proportions of […]

Back in the game

Team Spur’s Ariane Lüthi and Adelheid Morath managed to shrug off the very frustrating past few days to finish on the podium on the Absa Cape Epic’s traditional ‘play day’ over 84km on the spectacular trail network around Elgin. The pair crossed the finish line in third place, just under three minutes back from the […]

Fourth place on Stage 4 for Team Spur

On an action-packed Stage 4 in the Hansgrohe Women’s category at the Absa Cape Epic, Ariane Lüthi and Adelheid Morath narrowly missed out on a podium spot on Thursday. The 112km route took racers over 112km from Elandskloof near Greyton to Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin.. “It was a longer stage, with a lot of […]

Tough going for Team Spur on Stage 3

Looking to build on their momentum from Stage 2, things didn’t quite go the way of Ariane Lüthi and Adelheid Morath on the 78km Stage 3 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. An early puncture and a cracked rim hamper Team Spur’s comeback chances on the loop around Greyton, which took in 1650m of climbing, […]

Onto The Podium On Stage 2

A valiant show of consistency saw Ariane Lüthi and Adelheid Morath shrug off their woes from Stage 1 to finish in third place on Tuesday’s Stage 2. The pair came in some five minutes after the first two teams in the Hansgrohe Women’s category, Meerendal CBC and Ascendis Health. In an unprecedented move in the […]

Absa Cape Epic off to a dusty start at Meerendal Prologue

The Absa Cape Epic is not timed on a stop watch, rather on a calendar. With the champions being decided after eight gruelling days of racing. Every minute counts, however and the teams battled it out for those minutes today. The 2017 edition kicked off on Sunday, 19 March with the now-traditional Prologue at Meerendal […]

All Systems GO for Absa Cape Epic

It’s the classic case of ‘all hands on deck’ ahead of the world’s premier mountain bike stage race. “We’re in for a tight battle,” commented Ariane Lüthi ahead of Sunday’s start of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. “This is the strongest field I’ve ever faced in the women’s category. I know I say it every […]

Team Spur Stirs it up on the road!

The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope took place over five days last week (6-10 March). Both of Team Spur’s riders, Ariane Lüthi and Alan Hatherly, swapped the knobblies for the road skinnies for a big week of ‘in-race’ training. For Alan, it was a big block of speed work as he prepares for the European […]