Cape Town - Road and Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen partnered
Mountain Biking Marathon world champion Annika Langvad to her fifth Absa Cape
Epic title on Sunday.
After crossing the finish line at Val de Vie they were
swamped by their fellow Investec-songo-Specialized riders and the team support
staff; as the Method Cap Classique was sprayed in celebration.
“I could not expect this at the start of the race,” Van Der
Breggen gushed in the mixed zone as she prepared to receive the winner’s trophy
The Dutch rider could not have hoped for a better partner
for her first attempt at the Absa Cape Epic.
Langvad has won each of the five she
has started and has proven herself to be the most well-rounded mountain biker
of her generation; notching up cross country World Cup, World Cup overall and
World Championship wins along with her marathon and stage race dominance.
“It is really special to take win number five,” Langvad
recounted post-race, as she started to process the magnitude of her
“It is a major milestone, equalling the two men (Karl Platt and
songo.info co-founder Christoph Sauser) who have also won five titles and that
is pretty cool. But honestly that was never a goal of mine. My motivation came
from forming a new partnership with Anna (van der Breggen) and going on this adventure
with her. That it also means I can take five in a row is just a really nice
bonus on top of everything,” the Dane said.
“It has been a really nice week and it has been cool to see
how Anna has been developing as a mountain biker; guiding her through her very
first Absa Cape Epic has been quite special. This Cape Epic has been really
different from the previous ones, just because taking a primarily roadie and
watching her transform into a mountain biker has been really unique,” Langvad
Turning her attention to the charity which is so close to
all the Investec-songo-Specialized riders’ hearts she continued: “Riding for
songo.info has been very special. We did the Champions’ Race the Wednesday
before the Cape Epic and could watch the kids, how they thrive when they get on
a bike and that is incredibly special. The stages where they came out on the
course and cheered for us were really cool. I had to smile, even though I was
suffering at those moments. But seeing the kids so excited, with banners with
our names on and shouting our names was very special. I’m proud to represent
songo.info for this race.”
While Langvad guided Van Der Breggen through her first Absa
Cape Epic the other five-time race winner in the Investec-songo-Specialized
team, Sauser did the same for young Simon Andreassen.
“It was great riding with
Susi (Christoph Sauser) this week, I learnt so much. These experiences will
definitely help me when I come back to try to win this race” the 21-year-old
“I’m really proud of him, but then I also expected exactly
that from Simon (Andreassen)” Sauser praised, after the pair finished 14th in the overall standings.
As the co-founder of the charity Sauser is
always delighted when the Investec-songo-Specialized team performs at the Absa
“It is so important for us to put the songo.info name out there so
that Investec, Aurecon and the other sponsors get a great return,” the Swiss
mountain biking legend explained.
“We also owe a huge thanks to Specialized
that we can ride in these jerseys. But then the most important is that we can
inspire the kids. The Absa Cape Epic is for us to show presence, that we can
then afterwards make the kids happy,” Sauser concluded.
Two of the young men in the songo.info programme, Ntlantla Nonkasa
and Lwazi Ntsakaza took part in the 2019 Absa Cape Epic.
Riding as Investec-Songo
they finished in 125th position overall after eight tough days on
their bikes. Nonkasa and Ntsakaza were particularly strong on the stage around
Stellenbosch, when their friends from the songo.info programme were out in
force supporting them along the Stage 6 route. Upon finishing the race they
were quick to offer up their thanks to Investec, Specialized and all
songo.info’s other sponsors for making their epic journey possible and
providing memories which will last them a lifetime.
The songo.info inspired custom Specialized S-Works Epic
bicycles which Langvad and Jaroslav Kulhavý rode during the 2019 Absa Cape Epic
were auctioned online during the race. Langvad in particular is
half-begrudgingly giving her bike up: “It is probably the most beautiful bike
I’ve ever ridden,” she extolled at the songo.info Champions’ Race.
“I am quite
sad I can’t keep it, but it will get another very happy owner and the money
raised from auctioning it will help the children in the songo.info programme.”
To find out more about the charity and how you can aid them
in their sporting and education projects within the Kayamandi community, visit www.songo.info.