Evans, George to race Epic

2011-03-22 13:58

Cape Town - One of South Africa’s favourites to take top honours at this year’s Absa Cape Epic, Kevin Evans, 32, will again be partnering with David George as Team 360LIFE.

Evans has participated in all seven previous editions of the Absa Cape Epic, providing him with excellent experience to face the fast pace promised during this year’s event (which takes place from March 27 to April 3 in the Western Cape).

Evans’s CV remains impressive. He has won the MTN Marathon Series six times, is a four-time SA Marathon Champion, the Cross-country Elite Champion twice, the SA Time Trail Champion, in the top 10 at the World Marathon Championships, ninth in the Tour of Ireland, and has National Team representation in Marathon, Cross Country and Road in nine World Championships. He also finished in third place overall in the Absa Cape Epic during 2005, 2008 and 2010, and fourth in 2009.

Evans is excited about his participation in this year’s race and also to be reunited with his team-mate Dave George.

“The Absa Cape Epic has brought the world of mountain biking to our doorstep and given us the opportunity to become world class. It has brought so much to South African professional mountain biking, and for that I say thank you,” he says. “Dave and I have unfinished business when it comes to the Absa Cape Epic, so we’re very excited to be back in our own team.”

He reckons they have a good chance in the race this year. “We have very similar physiology which I think counts over 30 hours of racing. If we have no bad luck, we want to win the race. The chances are as good as anyone’s.”

They train together as often as possible. “We recently trained at altitude, mostly around the Cape though. Our programme is very focused and scientific, made possible through technology supplied by SRM/Activeworx. The same principles apply to our diet, especially the final two months leading up to the event.”

For Evans, the most important ingredients to finish the Absa Cape Epic are excellent nutrition, good equipment, family support and a strong mind. “Start easier than you think, save everything for the final 3 days which are hard. Attrition will get you to the finish. And ultimately, look after your partner. I also reckon the first stages are harder because it’s the time when you see who is where in terms of strength. By the last stage, the race is generally over for the win.”

On crossing the finish line of the Absa Cape Epic every year, Evans feels relief and emotional. “Hopefully this year we’ll be spraying champagne,” he adds with a smile. One of his personal highlights of the event was “leaving Knysna, my home town, in the yellow leaders’ jersey with Dave in 2008”.

In his free time, he enjoys playing with his daughter Ruby, resting, reading and “occasionally working in my bike shop”.

Live entertainment for the entire family, including wine tasting, magnificent scenery and the finest food and wine will be on offer at the finish at Lourensford Wine Estate, as well as the opportunity to see the ever popular Zebra & Giraffe and Plush in action. Entrance is free.
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Kevin Evans factfile:

2006 Achievements:
1st South African Marathon Champion
1st Drifter Series Overall
1st SA Elite Cross Country
Selected for National Team, Marathon

2007 Achievements:
1st South African Marathon Championships
1st Drifter series overall
1st Sani2C
1st Knysna Oyster Festival MTB
7th Cape-Epic
1st South African Elite Cross Country
Selected for SA team, Marathon and XC

2008 Achievements:
1st Overall Mazda Drifter series
1st Cape Argus Mountain bike race
1st South African Marathon Championships
3rd Cape-Epic
1st Chandelier Drifter
3rd South African Time Trial Championships
19th Tour of Britain
9th Tour of Ireland
2nd Kitzalp Bike Marathon, Austria
14th Marathon World Championships, Italy
Selected for National Road and Mountainbike team.

2009 Achievements:
8th World Marathon Championships, Graz, Austria
1st MTN Ultra Marathon Series overall
1st Subaru Sani2c
4th Cape-Epic
1st Induna Ultra Marathon
1st Crater Cruise
1st Blockhouse Ultra Marathon
1st EP Herald MTB
1st Rooiberg 2day MTB race
National team selection, Marathon

2010 Achievements:
1st South African Marathon Championships, Sabie Ultra
1st South African Time Trial Championships, Klerksdorp
1st Overall winner MTN Ultra Marathon Series
25th World Marathon Championships, St Wendal, Germany
3rd Cape-Epic Overall plus one stage win, 3 days in leader jersey.
1st Subaru Sani2C
2nd Giro del Capo Overall
1st King of the mountains jersey, Giro Del Capo
1st EP Herald MTB
1st Attakwas Ultra Marathon
1st Clarens Ultra Marathon
1st Cullinan Ultra Marathon
1st Clover Lowveld Road Tour, Graskop
National Team Selection, Marathon, Road(Africa Champs, Rwanda)