[vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”3″ bottom_padding=”3″ back_image=”73488″ back_repeat=”no-repeat” back_attachment=”fixed” back_position=”right center” kburns=”yes” overlay_alpha=”11″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ row_height_pixel=”400px”][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text_color=”color-617662″]Team Racing[/vc_custom_heading][vc_separator sep_color=”accent” icon_position=”left” el_width=”30px” el_height=”5px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”2″ bottom_padding=”2″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text_color=”color-617662″]Why race in teams of two?[/vc_custom_heading][vc_separator sep_color=”color-617662″ icon_position=”left” el_width=”30px” el_height=”5px”][vc_column_text]The answer is best summarized by mountain biking legend Thomas Frischknecht. Shortly after retiring, he entered his first (of seven) Absa Cape Epics. “In my career I knew mountain biking as a solitary sport and when I heard that this was a two-person team race, I really liked the idea of sharing the experience. Actually, I wouldn’t have entered if it wasn’t a team race.” Thomas paired up with long-time friend Tom Ritchey, then owner of Ritchey Design and one of the forefathers of mountain biking, reveling in the untamed African terrain.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”73489″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”2″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”73490″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The sport of mountain bike stage racing is a challenging one, with its roots founded in the pioneering spirit of adventure. In the early days, event organizers sent intrepid riders through highly remote backcountry regions, insisting they team up with a partner, for safety’s sake. Should anything happen, there’d be someone who’d be looking out for them. As it turned out, the two-person team concept had other advantages too. After surmounting the challenges of tackling rugged and steep trails, day after day, lifelong friendships were formed and, among the top pros, it added a whole new dimension to the dynamics of the racing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”2″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]As the pinnacle of the Epic Series the Absa Cape Epic was founded on the two-person team concept. Over the race’s history and countless partnerships, we’ve witnessed what that concentrated human element has brought to global mountain biking. There’s simply nothing that can replace the camaraderie – sharing the highs and lows of what is for thousands of athletes all over the world, a lifechanging experience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image media=”73491″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row]