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Team OFM ABSA Cape Epic 2012

Epic 2012 Race Report

A day to day account of the 8 days of riding to get to the finish line at Lourensford in our Cape Epic 2012 race report

Epic Race Experiences

Returning after 4 year break from riding posed its own new challenges. It was like doing our first one with alot of uncertainty and nerves, these are our experiences and tips

Training & Bikes

Training, bike choices, equipment tyres, energy drinks and supplements. The prep for an epic is always a huge challenge in its self. After finalising our entry a little late we opted for a new and different training plan to that which we had used before. Our bike choice was the Morewood Zula.

Videos & Podcasts

As Team OFM we did some daily interviews for OFM Radio during the race from the race villages. We also put together a video from one of our training rides.

Cape Epic Training Plan 2012

Our training plan for Cape Epic 2012 started in the last week of November 2011 and ran for 17 weeks up to the Epic on 25 March 2012. It was based on Joe Friel's training programs from his book The Mountain Bikers Training Bible. We measured our progress using the Polar Pro trainer software, see below our data from the 17 weeks of training.


Alan training

Albert training


Morewood Zula Epic Bikes

We chose to ride Morewood Zula mountain bikes. They are single pivot 4" travel 26" bike. These bikes come with the Morewood downhill pedigree so they are super fast and smooth on the downhills and very strong and reliable with their single pivots but still light enough to tackle the long epic up hills. The bikes were perfect for the race and we would not hesitate to ride them again in the Epic. Check our comments on 26" vs 29" at the epic in our experiences and tips for an explanation why we opted for this wheel size.

Both our bikes weighed in at just under 12kg incl pedals and had the following components

Maxxis crossmark lust at back
Maxxis monorail lust in front
Shimano XT and XTR 2x10 drivetrain
Shimano XT and XTR disc brakes
Ricthey WCS cockpit
Ritchey WCS carbon seatpost
Rockshox SID XX fork (Alan 100mm, Albert 120mm)
Ritchey WCS rims with DT swiss spokes and hubs
Gorilla carbon bottle cages
Batseal Tubeless conversion with Batseal sealant



Alan's bike is a large and had Shimano XTR pedals, Fox RP23 rear shock, Fizik Gobi saddle





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