Town - Absa Cape Epic
stalwart, Corrie Muller, partnered with female Olympian, Mari Rabie, to stand on
the podium in Stages 4, 5 and 7 - and an overall fourth place finish - in the
mixed team section of this year's race.
“Although the highlight was three
podium positions, my outstanding takeaway from this brutal and technical race
was partnering with an incredible human being who turned out to be the perfect
race partner. What was even more special
was that Mari was my flower girl at my wedding 26 years ago, so to ride with
her in her first Epic was very rewarding,” said Muller.
“Although racing my ninth
Epic, this internationally acclaimed multi-staged mountain bike race lived up
to its nickname - #Untamed. The very
hot weather was unprecedented and the course very technical,” he added.
Muller's partner in the mixed category, Rabie, retired as an elite triathlete after competing in the Rio Olympic Games last year.
“It made perfect sense
to partner with Corrie in my first Epic as our families have been friends for
over three decades and I was his flower girl,” said Rabie.
“A highlight was being in the starting
shoot with the Fairtree Capital Academy 1 team and then finishing on the podium
in the final stage,” she said.SA Olympian Mari Rabie and partner Corrie Muller
struggle up the Hemel & Aarde Valley in Stage 2 of this year's Absa Cape Epic (Supplied)