Stigger and Frei continue domination

Laura Stigger and Sina Frei (NinetyOne-songo-Specialized) continued their incredible run of form at the 2021 Absa Cape Epic in Wellington today, winning their sixth stage (one Prologue and five stages). Candice Lill and Mariske Strauss (Faces CST) enjoyed a brilliant ride, too, finishing strongly in second place on the day. Salusmed (Robyn de Groot and […]

Back-to-Back stage wins for Becking and Dias

Hans Becking (Holland) and José Dias (Portugal) of Buff Scott MTB claimed another stage victory at the 2021 Absa Cape Epic, following up their Stage 4 triumph with an equally impressive display to claim the 84km Stage 5 in Wellington. Martin Frey and Simon Stiebjahn (BULLS 2) finished second, with yellow-jersey-clad Matt Beers and Jordan […]

Frei & Stigger march on during Stage 4

Sina Frei and Laura Stigger (NinetyOne-songo-Specialized) won their fifth consecutive Absa Cape Epic stage in the Slanghoek Valley today. It means they now hold a near-unassailable 17 minute lead over Robyn de Groot and Ariane Lüthi (Salusmed) with three stages to go. Early on the stage, it looked like their 2021 Cape Epic domination might […]

Becking and Dias flawless on Stage 4

The Dutch-Portuguese pairing of Hans Becking and José Dias, riding in the colours of Buff Scott MTB, rode a flawless race to win Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic. The stage was a 73km rapid-fire race from Saronsberg, Tulbagh to Goudini Spa in the Slanghoek Valley. Overall leaders Matt Beers and Jordan Sarrou (NinetyOne-songo-Specialized) […]

Frei and Stigger unstoppable at Absa Cape Epic

Sina Frei and Laura Stigger (NinetyOne-songo-Specialized) won Stage 3 of the Absa Cape Epic in Tulbagh today, continuing their commanding march towards overall glory. They won everything Stage 3 could throw at them – the Dimension Data Hotspot Sprint on Tulbagh’s 300-year-old Church Street, the race to the top of the climbs, and the race […]

World Champ Seewald ignites Absa Cape Epic

Seewald has been threatening to show his World Champion credentials all week, and today that finally proved the case as he and Stošek powered to an important stage win. The Canyon Northwave MTB pair remain in second overall, but they have cut the lead of NinetyOne-songo-Specialized’s Matt Beers and Jordan Sarrou down to 1:43. “Our […]

Sarrou, Beers romp to Absa Cape Epic Stage 2 win

South African rider Matt Beers and French partner Jordan Sarrou (NinetyOne-songo-Specialized) claimed Stage 2 of the Absa Cape Epic today, winning their second stage of the 2021 event in the process. The pair comfortably won the 98km stage that took riders from Ceres to Saronsberg, Tulbagh in a time of 3:56:02. The stage victory means […]

Three from three for Frei and Stigger

The NinetyOne-songo-Specialized team of Sina Frei and Laura Stigger made it three wins from three so far at the 2021 Absa Cape Epic, winning Stage 2 today ahead of Robyn de Groot and Ariane Lüthi (Salusmed). Candice Lill and Mariske Strauss (Faces CST) claimed third spot on the day.  Frei and Stigger now hold a […]

Bulls stampede to Absa Cape Epic stage victory

In a tight finish on Stage 1, the BULLS (Urs Huber & Simon Schneller) and BULLS 2 (Martin Frey & Simon Stiebjahn) teams claimed first and second respectively, with Canyon Northwave MTB (Andreas Seewald & Martin Stošek) racing home in third. Prologue winners NinetyOne-songo-Specialized (Matt Beers & Jordan Sarrou) finished in fourth, but retained their […]

Sina Frei & Laura Stigger crush Stage 1

Absa Cape Epic newbies, Sina Frei and Laura Stigger (NinetyOne-songo-Specialized), blitzed Stage 1 in the Elite women’s race, today. Riding comfortably, with great control and composure throughout, the first-timers cruised home in 4:34:52 – nearly five minutes ahead of second-placed finishers Ariane Luthi and Robyn De Groot (Salusmed). The women’s race started with all the […]

Stigger and Frei fly in Absa Cape Epic Prologue

Sina Frei and Laura Stigger (NinetyOne–songo-Specialized), both riding in the Absa Cape Epic for the first time, laid down an impressive marker during Sunday’s 20km Prologue.  The Swiss-Austrian combo rode serenely and smoothly in wet and slippery conditions to claim top spot on the Absa Cape Epic Prologue podium in a time of 54:08.6. The Table Mountain based […]

Cheers for Beers at Absa Cape Epic Prologue

After a pandemic-enforced hiatus, the Absa Cape Epic, widely regarded as the world’s premier mountain bike stage race, returned to action in fine style in Cape Town today with the 20km Prologue ahead of seven days of marathon mountain biking. The Mother City didn’t quite get the memo that the show was back on, drenching […]

Nerves & excitement ahead of Absa Cape Epic

Rain squalls and chilly temperatures could not dampen the spirits of 600 riders as they registered for the 2021 Absa Cape Epic on Saturday 16 October. Like the occasional ray of sunshine that broke through the clouds, the smiles on the riders, both pros and amateurs alike, brightened up UCT’s rugby fields, no less than […]

Next Stop: Croatia!

The Epic Series announced today the famed 4Islands MTB Stage Race will expand the Epic Series’ global portfolio of mountain bike stage races. The 4Islands is set to take place from 19 – 23 April 2022 in Croatia, is a unique event in the mountain biking world as it presents teams of two with an […]

Absa Cape Epic Elite Men: Old Partnerships Become Fresh Rivalries

The 2021 Absa Cape Epic could well be defined by the new rivalries of former partners lining up against each other. While the experienced squads use their settled line-ups to navigate an unusual edition of the Race That Measures All.   On paper, the October Absa Cape Epic has the elements to produce one of the most […]

All systems go for the 2021 Absa Cape Epic

With exactly one month to go to what will undoubtedly be a truly unique Absa Cape Epic experience in October (36 months since the 2019 Absa Cape Epic concluded), it is all systems go for event staff and the 300 teams who are racing the 2021 event. The organisers of The Race That Measures All […]

Former Couch Potato Conquers the Swiss Epic

Valentí Sanjuan is a Spanish mountain biking personality, having turned his life around 10 years ago, he went from a couch potato to an ultra-endurance athlete. Having completed IRONMAN triathlons and numerous other Stage Races the Actitú Or Die rider is now taking on the Swiss Epic. “A decade ago, I was 20 kilograms heavier […]

Leipheimer Takes in the Swiss Scenery

The 2011 Tour de Suisse champion, Levi Leipheimer, is appreciating Switzerland like never before, during the 2021 Swiss Epic. Having taken up a last-minute entry, to join fellow American Lee Strawbridge, Leipheimer is revelling in the joys of mountain biking in Graubünden. Riding under the team name Leithally Unprepared, one might expect the former road […]

Swiss Epic Leaders Continue Perfect Ride in Graubünden

The leading elite men’s and women’s teams, Goldwurst Power-Infinity and Gabriel Technologie, continued their perfect Swiss Epic streaks on Stage 3. Both teams claimed their third successive victories, on the Queen Stage from St. Moritz to Davos. The Queen Stage of the 2021 Swiss Epic, in Graubünden, held no demons for Nicola Rohrbach, Lukas Flückiger, […]

Drama as Goldwurst Power-Infinity and Gabriel Technologie Double Up at the Swiss Epic

Goldwurst Power-Infinity and the Gabriel Technologie teams both made it two-from-two in the 2021 Swiss Epic. The men’s and women’s race leaders extended their general classification advantages with stage victories on Stage 2, from St. Moritz to Valposchiavo, though the racing was not without drama. Nicola Rohrbach and Lukas Flückiger extended their Swiss Epic lead […]

Pumping and Raising Funds for Peace at the Swiss Epic

Claudio Caluori and Faranak Partoazar are racing the 2021 Swiss Epic to raise funds for one of the event’s official charities: Pump for Peace. The charitable arm of Caluori’s Velosolutions pump track construction company the charity aims to build pump tracks in impoverished areas. Caluori needs no introduction to avid mountain biking fans. The Swiss […]

Goldwurst Power-Infinity and Gabriel Technologie Start Swiss Epic in Style

The all-Swiss Goldwurst Power-Infinity and Swiss/South African Gabriel Technologie teams won the opening stage of the five-day Swiss Epic. The 62-kilometre route, which started and finished in St. Moritz, was packed with incredible singletracks and rewarded the most technically adept teams. This played perfectly to the strengths of Nicola Rohrbach and Lukas Flückiger, as well […]

Men and Women to Watch at the 2021 Swiss Epic

Highly competitive elite men’s and women’s fields have travelled to Graubünden to take part in the 2021 Swiss Epic. The eighth edition of the 5-day stage race will feature 4 previous men’s winners, 2 previous women’s winners, Absa Cape Epic winners, and numerous national champions. With its reputation for short, but challenging and beautiful stages, […]

Keep your FOCUS & find your flow

Mountain bikers at the Swiss Epic are set to enjoy Graubünden’s world-class trail offering during the 2021 Swiss Epic as they race from St. Moritz to Valposchiavo, and on to Davos, covering 327 kilometres, climbing 11 000 metres, and descending 12 000 metres, including five brand new FOCUSWATER Flow Sections.  Throughout the race’s five stages, all […]