Ariane Kleinhans takes an emotional look back at her journey to a third-straight Absa Cape Epic title. Just what did it take to stand atop the women’s podium after eight days in the world’s toughest mountain bike race?
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The race for Olympic qualification is hotting up and the Stihl SA XCO Cup Series events are a battleground for the country’s top cross-country racers. Wolwespruit hosted all-out racing, with James taking the win!
It was a ‘management’ day for Annika Langvad and Ariane Kleinhans on Friday’s 93km transition Stage 5 from Wellington to Stellenbosch – billed as this year’s Queen Stage for its 2500m of climbing.
Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad took the Stage 4 win by a nail-biting five seconds over Team Sport For Good’s Sabine Spitz and Yana Belomoina. Phew!
Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad of Spur-Specialized moved a step closer to clinching their third straight Absa Cape Epic title by winning a grueling Stage 3 in a time of 5:18.47.
Team Spur’s James Reid, an Oakley ambassador, was featured on the bikehub.co.za while competing in his first Absa Cape Epic. James was racing the demanding event with Oakley’s new Prizm™ lens.
It was a case of until we meet again, rather than goodbye, as James Reid withdrew from riding as an Outcast at the 2016 Cape Epic on Tuesday. James will now shift his focus to Olympic XCO qualification.
It was an emotional victory for Ariane and Annika as they secured the Women’s category orange jersey for the first time. Has the tide of bad luck finally turned for our Swiss and Danish pair?
James Reid and partner Gert Heyns were dealt a harsh dose of reality with a race-ending illness to Gert on Stage 1 around Tulbagh. Gert was advised by race doctors not to continue after struggling to Waterpoint 3.
Stage 1 of the 2016 Cape Epic provided a roller-coaster of emotions for the team as Ariane and Annika stamp their authority on the race early on, only to be reeled in at the finish line!
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