Epic week in the Cape as cyclists conquer the gruelling eight-day Absa Cape Epic
It has indeed been an epic week for mountain bikers taking part in the 2021 Absa Cape Epic.
Matt Beers, with his French partner Jordan Sarrou, beat fierce competition and extreme weather to become the first South African overall Absa Cape Epic winner since 2012.
Beers and Sarrou crossed the finish line at Val de Vie Estate in a time of 25:17:28.2, putting them nearly nine minutes ahead of the German BULLS 2 team, who finished second.
South African Matt Beers with his French partner Jordan Sarrou on the Absa Cape Epic podium.
It has been really great, there has been a lot of disruptions in and around live sports events. To actually have the taking place and seeing the riders heading out and seeing them working hard to complete those stages is incredibly satisfying.Mtunzi Jonas, Head of sponsorship - Absa
Bruce Whitfield spoke to Absa Head of Sponsorship Mtunzi Jonas on The Money Show. Listen to the interview below...
The race must be completed by both members of a two-person team. In 2021, only 300 teams were allowed to race the Absa Cape Epic.
And every edition follows a different route. The Absa Cape Epic route team take two years to plan exactly where in South Africa's rugged Western Cape aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers will race through roughly 700 untamed kilometres of unspoilt scenery and up 16 000m of vertical ascent.
It's about leaving a legacy and I think it was founded on that to showcase South African beauty.Michael Flinn, Managing director - Absa Cape Epic
Managing Director of the Absa Cape Epic, Michael Flinn, says while the race started as an event showing the beauty of South Africa - and South Africa as a business destination - it has evolved into an extreme testing ground for mountain biking products and components.
Cycle Lab founder Andrew McLean shares Flinn's optimism around the growth and evolution of the sport, telling Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show that local demand for high-end equipment is only increasing.
The average price (of a Cape Epic bike) would come out to an average of R90,000 to R100,000. There would be bikes on the line for over R200,000. The less there is on the bike the more expensive it is.Andrew McLean, Cycling expert and founder - Cycle Lab
The Absa Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike race in the world and classed as UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Series (SSR) by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI); this official UCI status makes it a highlight on the professional racer's calendar.
What better event to have done than the Tour de France of mountain biking!Andrew McLean, Cycling expert and founder - Cycle Lab
Sina Frei of Switzerland and Laura Stigger of Austria (Pictured below on the finish line), riding for NinetyOne-songo-Specialized, wrapped up the 2021 Absa Cape Epic in style - leading the race from start to finish, winning the overall Women's title.
Listen to Bruce chatting to Michael Flinn and Andrew McLean on The Money Show below: