It takes two


The Absa Cape Epic places enormous demands on teamwork. Every entrant in the race is part of a pair which has to ride together throughout what is one of the toughest mountain bike challenges in the world.

The Virgin Active Mixed category jersey is awarded to the best male-female duo in the Absa Cape Epic. The red hot favourites for the prestigious dark green jersey this year will be the pair of 22-year-old Swedish Olympic gold medalist Jenny Rissveds and 47-year-old former cross country world champion Thomas Frischknecht from Switzerland.

But they could face serious competition from the likes of former Women’s Category winner Catherine Williamson riding with Johan Labuschagne (previously a runner-up in the Mixed Jersey Category) and SA Olympic triathlete Mari Rabie who is competing for the first time alongside Corrie Muller.

Managing Director of Virgin Active Africa Ross Faragher-Thomas believes that the Mixed category has great potential to grow in popularity and competitiveness: “We have seen a marked uptake of cycling in our clubs by male and female members, particularly in our popular Ride classes, which rank top in our Group Exercise offerings with an average of 230 000 visits a month. A duo-team offers a very special dynamic for anyone up for the challenge of the Absa Cape Epic.”

The prologue for the 2017 Absa Cape Epic will take place at Meerendal Wine Estate on 19 March. The race runs from 19 – 26 March 2017.