29 March

2010 ABSA Cape Epic – Stage 8: Oak Valley – Lourensford

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Team RSAWEB presents a series of daily highlights videos from the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic. This is Stage 8: Oak Valley – Lourensford.

Jose Hermida and Rudi Van Houts (Multivan Merida 2) claim the win for the final stage in a fast paced race from Oak Valley to Lourensford. Following in second place were Emil Lindgren and Fabian Giger of team Rabobank-Giant Off Road. Christoph Sauser and Burry stander of team Songo-Specialized by DCM came in third.

Despite the best efforts of the chasing teams, Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm maintain their 11 minute lead in the final stage, to win their 3rd Cape Epic as a team.

Team RSAWEB riders Nic and Simon finished 22nd in stage 8, and placed a very respectable 25th overall (out of 600 teams) – a personal best for both brothers. Team RSAWEB 2 and 3 riders Rob Gilmour, Mark Slingsby, Richard Tasker and Jeremy Shaw all finished strong on the final stage, bringing to a close a successful 2010 ABSA Cape Epic mission for the team. Congrats to all our team riders!

Special thanks to our team sponsors, Biogen, Specialized and Rudy Project.

27 March

2010 ABSA Cape Epic – Stage 7: Oak Valley – Oak Valley

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Team RSAWEB presents a series of daily highlights videos from the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic. This is Stage 7: Oak Valley – Oak Valley.

Brothers Lukas and Mathias Flűckiger from team Trek World Racing win stage 7, beating Bulls 1 team Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm in a dash for the finish line.

Jose Hermida and Rudi Van Houts celebrated their first spot on the podium, finishing 3rd in a time of 4:13.36,7.

Team RSAWEB riders Nic and Simon continue their strong form, finishing 25th, and moving back up to 25th place overall.

19 March

Interview with Kevin Vermaak

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Kevin Vermaak, founder of the ABSA Cape Epic chats to us about his thoughts on the 2010 race, and how it has grown from humble beginnings locally to a world class event.

19 February

Interview with Bart Brentjens – Cape Epic 2010

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We bumped into Olympic gold medalist, UCI world champ and overall MTB legend Bart Brentjens at the ABSA Cape Epic media launch held in Cape Town recently. Bart was kind enough to share with us his aspirations and preparation planning for the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic.

28 January

Cape Epic Nutrition

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When it comes to preparing for the Cape Epic, hard work and gutsy determination will only get you so far. Serious riders know that the science behind using the correct nutrition will give them an edge to prepare themselves for what is truly one of the greatest mountain biking challenges on the planet.

Team RSAWEB nutrition sponsor Biogen provided the team with a carefully selected range of products from their Enduro range, which is designed for athletes that need to perform over longer periods of time under demanding conditions.

In preparation for the Team RSAWEB 2010 Cape Epic Mission, our pro riders Nic & Simon Lamond put these products to the test in a “light” training ride from Cape Town to Sedgefield. After conquering some rather interesting terrain (see pic below), and pushing their fitness levels to breaking point, the lads had this to say about their new trail companions:

“The recovery drink (Recovergen) works well. It’s thick and milky and feels like it rebuilds us after a hard training session. Ready for the 9-5, or the next session!”

“We are both impressed with the taste of the Energy drink (Cytogen) and the Gels (Energy Gels). Seriously. The naartjie flavour drink is awesome. You can drink it all day which is critical on a 5-hour training ride and will be a god-send during the race.”

“As for the gels, they give a boost much like most gels out there do, but these ones don’t clog up, or make you wince at the taste and texture. Easy to swallow, and pleasant on the palate.”

Special thanks to Biogen for powering our team. Literally.