Town - Eight-time national road cycling champion Anriette Schoeman has
withdrawn from this year’s Absa Cape
Epic, due to illness.
admitted to hospital late last week suffering from severe dehydration due to gastro-enteritis. Set
to cycle alongside team-mate, rugby legend Joel Stransky in the Mixed Category, this would have
been their second Absa Cape Epic challenge riding for team Liqui-Fruit.
who also entered for the Cape Town Cycle Tour which took place on Sunday,
March 6, started the race but had to retire halfway through the event due to her
After a medical check-up back at home in Port
Elizabeth and with very low blood pressure, doctors advised her to withdraw from this year’s Absa Cape Epic challenge.
“I initially thought it to be food
poisoning as the symptoms were so severe, but the persistent flu-like symptoms,
body ache and nausea, coupled with severe dehydration made me feel extremely
unwell and weak”, explains Schoeman.
“I’m really disappointed that I
can’t cycle in this year’s Absa Epic Challenge. Not only is it a great event
and experience to participate in the world’s premier mountain bike stage race,
but Liqui-Fruit is an amazing sponsor. Everything is superbly organised with
intensive attention to detail and they really look after our every
need. I discussed my situation with Liqui-Fruit’s marketing team
and with Joel, and they were very understanding and supportive. I look
forward to working with them again in the near future and wish the other
team members the best of luck”.
David Cooke will replace Schoeman and along with team-mate
Stransky, aims to add his tough competitive nature to the highly contested
Masters Category at this year’s event.
Cooke is no newcomer to the event
having already completed three successful Cape Epic races under his belt,
as well as a top 30 and multiple podium finishes in Marathon & Cross
Having recently entered the Masters Category, the Gautenger is
an avid road and mountain bike cyclist and aims to make his fourth Cape Epic a memorable and successful one for team Liqui-Fruit.
marketing manager, Merlin Norman says, “We are disappointed at losing Anriette to
the team and wish her a speedy recovery but at the same time we’re very happy
to welcome a seasoned mountain bike cyclist of Dave’s calibre into the fold.”