21-03-2016, CANYON Topeak Ergon Racing Team
Trials and Tribulations at the Absa Cape Epic
Last week, Topeak Ergon Racing Team brought their Canyon bikes to South Africa to compete in the hardest mountain bike stage race on the planet. Described as the Tour de France of mountain biking, the ABSA Cape Epic sees teams of two go head-to-head for 650 kilometres over a grueling eight days.
Sally Bigham and Adelhaid Morath rode tough and were rewarded with a dramatic 3rd place finish in the GC competition. The duo started out strong and were able to hold off a late surge from Team Meerendal Wheeler and keep their spot on the podium. It was an excellent finish for the two women and bodes well for the rest of the season.
After the prologue and the first three stages, Topeak Ergon GC contenders Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek we’re positioned in third place and looking to move up. Unfortunately, due to injuries from a crash during stage 3 Hynek was forced to drop out of the race leaving Lakata to compete in the “outcast” category. In their stead, Jeremiah Bishop and South African native Erik Kleinhans picked up the gauntlet and rode well to pull out a top ten finish in the GC!