24 March

2010 ABSA Cape Epic – Stage 4: Ceres – Worcester

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Team RSAWEB presents a series of daily highlights videos from the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic. This is Stage 4 – Ceres to Worcester.

Burry Stander (South Africa) & Christoph Sauser (Switzerland) riding for team Songo-Specialized by DCM win this stage, boosting their overall position to 3rd place.

Battling the strong winds blowing through Worcester,  Karl Platt & Stefan Sahm from team Bulls 1 took second place , reclaiming the leaders jersey from Kevin Evans and Stephan Sahm of team MTN Qhubeka Topeak Ergon who crossed the line in 3rd place.

Watch out for a post race chat with our team riders Nic and Simon Lamond who claimed one more place today, with a fast paced ride. They are now in 26th place overall.

23 March

2010 ABSA Cape Epic – Stage 3: Ceres – Ceres

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Team RSAWEB presents a series of daily highlights videos from the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic. This is Stage 3 – Ceres to Ceres.

Local hero Burry Stander (South Africa) & Christoph Sauser (Switzerland) riding for team Songo-Specialized by DCM won stage 3, much too the delight of the Ceres supporters. Lukas Flückiger & Mathias Flückiger from team Trek world racing followed in second place, boosting their position to 6th place overall. Karl Platt & Stefan Sahm from team Bulls 1 stole the leaders jersey from Kevin Evans and Stephan Sahm with their 3rd place on podium for this sage. With only 10 minutes between the top four teams, its still anyone’s race.

P.S Video includes some great race footage of our Pro Team riders Nic and Simon Lamond, who are currently sitting in 27th place overall.

22 March

2010 ABSA Cape Epic – Stage 2: Ceres – Ceres

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Team RSAWEB presents a series of daily highlights videos from the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic. This is Stage 2 – Ceres to Ceres.

MTB legend Bart Brentjens (Netherlands) & Jelmer Pietersma (Netherlands) from team Trek-Brentjens take first spot on the podium for Stage 2. Hot on their heels , Karl Platt (Germany) & Stefan Sahm (Germany) from team Bulls and Kevin Evans (South Africa) & Alban Lakata (Austria) from team MTN Qhubeka Topeak Ergon followed in two second intervals to take second and third place respectively. Kevin Evans and Stefan Sahm retain the winners jerseys at end of Stage 2, but its still early days with very little time between the top teams.

21 March

2010 ABSA Cape Epic – Stage 1: Diemersfontein – Ceres

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Team RSAWEB presents a series of daily highlights videos from the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic. This is Stage 1 – Diemersfontein to Ceres.

Kevin Evans (South Africa) & Alban Lakata (Austria) from team MTN Qhubeka Topeak Ergon cross the finish line first in a time of 4:35.52,3. Frustrated by wheel issues, Burry Stander (South Africa) and Christoph Sauser (Netherlands) from team Songo-Specialized by DCM follow in second place almost five minutes behind. Emil Lindgren (Sweden) and Fabian Giger (Switzerland) beat 2009 wining team, Bulls (Karl Platt & Stefan Sahm), to take the 3rd spot on the podium. An exciting start to the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic!

19 March

Team RSAWEB’s Team Gamma – Sani2C Race report

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Team RSAWEB’s Team Gamma (myself, Richard Tasker and Jeremy Shaw) was officially entered the Sani2C Race when my wife, Kirsten, pulled out.  This meant that we could use the race as preparation for the upcoming ABSA Cape Epic.

Team Gamma with Farmer Glen

Day 0:

The trip to Underberg started with a 6am departure from Jo’burg (fortunately missing the morning traffic).  We stopped in Nottingham Road to drop off the kids with their Grandparents and then headed to Registration. News was already starting to flow in from Rob Gilmour and Mark Slingsby, who were also doing the Sani2C, that the conditions were muddy.  After some deliberation I decided to stick to my current tyres (Hutchinson Pythons) and not change at the last minute.

Registration was quick and easy, and we hung around to meet with friends and waited for the race briefing. Thereafter, we hopped on the shuttle to our accommodation in Himeville, claimed our mattresses in the makeshift dormitory, and headed to Himeville Arms for dinner with many other riders, before we turned in for the evening.

Day 1

81.6km 4h06  1240m+

Deciding to ride down to the start, we left Himeville accommodation around 5am, in complete darkness, and arrived at Underberg to a welcomed breakfast and our 6h40 start time.  The race began along district roads for a few kilometres before heading into the first single track.  A few changes to the ‘View Climb’ took us towards one of the day’s highlights – the Floating Bridge (watch our YouTube clip – specifically from 1:13).  Hats off to the riders who managed to wheelie on the bridge – that takes some courage.

Sani2C Day1 Floating Bridge

Mist quickly moved into MacKenzie Club, increasing in thickness and eventually converting into rain, leaving us eagerly awaiting Farmer Glen’s decision about riding down Nic’s Pass into the Umkomaas Valley.  Eventually the disappointing call was made that we would not confront the Pass, and that was the end of Day 1.

Day 2

92.8km 5h17  1750m+

The beginning of the race was particularly muddy, which persisted until we dropped out of the mist-belt and into Umkomaas Valley with a fast and furious descent. We made our way along the Valley, climbed out for a short stretch on the tar road, and rejoined the original route to the first Water Point.

Conditions became ideal for good cycling, which lead us to make good time into the Valley, and we carefully made our way across the 4 river crossings before starting the big climb up and out of the Valley. A much needed and appreciated lunch was provided by Nando’s, which increased our energy levels before reaching the toughest climb of the day, and ending our day with more fantastic single track.

Finishing the day’s race, we were greeted by sunshine at Jolivet Farm, where we made full use of the generous facilities and spent the afternoon welcoming in the late-comers.

Day 3

77.2km 3h32 975m+

A late start on the final day left us enjoying a few extra hours of sleep (albeit that we still had to wake up at 5am).  The new start route took us on some great single/Subaru track, before hitting the cane plantations and the final sprint to the beach.  We were feeling strong and pulled hard on the last 15km making up some time and catching up to a few teams.

Overall all, the Sani2C 2010 was a great race, and excellent preparation for the upcoming Cape Epic.

Watch this space for our extensive coverage of the ABSA Cape Epic.

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