Prost fighting hard in Epic
Alain Prost and team-mate Sebastien Di Pasqua (Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS)
Cape Town - World famous former Formula One champion Alain Prost is participating in this year’s Absa Cape Epic with well-known international ski champion Sebastien Di Pasqua.
“Alain and I both love mountain biking, plus the challenge is amazing with a very difficult race, all this in a beautiful country, so we're both very excited to be here. It’s the first time Alain and I compete together, but I’m confident that we’ll be a good team. We’re both ready to give our best!” said Di Pasqua.
At the start of Stage 2, Prost said that the Absa Cape Epic is definitely living up to his expectations.
“I was sure it would be very difficult and tough, which it is. I wanted to live this week and this experience. So I’m not terribly surprised, it’s exactly what I expected. Stage 1 was already something very tough, but we did well. The only issue is that I’m starting to have a back problem and it gets to me especially when you have to push the bike. So I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to finish the race.”
Prost said that he expected Stage 2 to be a little bit easier than the previous day, and that he would be able to recover in order to be ready for the 147km awaiting riders during Stage 3. “In terms of fitness I feel good; I’ve got some good legs, but day after day one’s physical condition is going to be less and less - but it’s part of the experience,” said Prost.
Prost’s team-mate Di Pasqua said Stage 1 was really good. “It was long and extreme, but we completed it in a good time so I think we did pretty well. You definitely learn a lot about yourself on the Cape Epic. The atmosphere is great. We’ll give it our best to finish, ride smart, and make sure that we know the level of what we can compete at. We know what our strengths and weaknesses are and will use it to do our best.”
He says that it is impossible to compare the ape Epic to any previous sport that he has participated in. “However, taking part in tournaments and having that mindset helps. Apart from that, nothing else can really prepare you. We fortunately had great people around us telling us how it was going to be, so we weren’t totally taken by surprise,” Di Pasqua concluded.