Johannesburg - The 36ONE-Songo-Specialized team of Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser won the Absa Cape Epic for the second consecutive year on Sunday.
Stander and Sauser went into the final day with a lead of 25 minutes 57 seconds. They completed the eight days of the gruelling mountain bike race, which covers 781km and 16 300m of climbing in an overall time of 31:46.50,5.
In second place, in an overall time of 32:14.12,6 were the South African duo of Kevin Evans and David George (360Life), with the German-Swiss team of Hannes Genze and Andreas Kugler of Multivan Merida Biking in third place overall in 32:17.57,5.
The Ladies category was won by Sally Bigham and Esther Süss of Wheels4Life in an overall time of 38:34.11,8, after securing their seventh stage win in this year’s Cape Epic. They were followed by the Biogen Britehouse team of Theresa Ralph and Nina Gässler in 39:23.38,6 with Karien van Jaarsveld and Jane Nüssli of MTN Qhubeka in third place overall in 40:09.15,5.
Bart Brentjens and Jan Weevers of World Bicycle Relief won the Telkom Business Master's category in an overall time of 35:35.58,6. They were followed by the Jag Craft team of Adrian Enthoven and Delaney Impey in 37:14.51,2, with the Complete Cyclist team of Warren Squires and Scott Mckenzie in third place overall (39:28.26,9).
The Contego 28E team of Erik and Ariane Kleinhans won the Mixed category in an overall time of 37:33.23,7. They were followed by Udo Boelts and Milena Landtwing of Centurion Vaude in an overall time of 39:41.02,1. Klaas Vanmoortel and Inne Gantois of BAiK-Peak Performance Brugge finished in third place overall in 40:36.40,8.
The overall podium (L to R): Kevin Evans & David George of Team 360Life (2nd), Christoph Sauser & Burry Stander of Songo-36One-Specialized (1st), Hannes Genze & Roger Mennem of Multivan-Merida Biking Team (3rd) .
Photo by: Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS)