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Riders train at Giro Del Capo

Training & preparation

We are using 2 polar heart rate training programs leading up to the 2007 Epic. Follow our training diary to see how we are doing. 
West Coast Training camp 2007 Report
Sabie Training Camp 2007 Report

Bikes & Equipment

Both of us will be riding Raleigh bikes.
Its hardtail vs full suspension Raleigh RM Team Carbon vs Raleigh Marathon Team.

Video and photos

Epic Race photos & video
Team kit
West Coast training Camp
Sabie training camp

Cape Epic Pages

Check out links to our previous Cape Epic Pages for 2005 and 2006. 


Cape Epic Amabubesi

We made it again! What a race, we had an absolute blast. Absa Cape Epic 2007 was the best yet and we were lucky to be part of it. The route was brilliant with huge variation and some really tough climbs. After day 3 we thought we were dead but we lived to tell the tale. Check out our Cape Epic Race Report and Cape Epic photos & video
Also the verdict on our Raleigh bikes hardtail vs full suspension

Absa Cape Epic 2007 - Team Subaru in the Press

We recently got some great press coverage following our West Coast training Camp. Both Ride Mag and Mountainbiker magazine published articles on our camp. We are also featuring in a short case study documentary on using technology in training. read more....

CAPE EPIC 2007 - The Hat Trick

Welcome to our Cape Epic 2007 website. For some insane reason we are doing it all again for the 3rd time. We completed Cape Epic 2005 and Cape Epic 2006 and now the Amabubesi (3 timers club) looms. Check out The Cape Epic Pages for details on our last two epic rides.

The Cape Epic 2007 event promises to be the best yet. Subaru South Africa will once again sponsor us for the build up and the actual 2007 event. Subaru was very impressed with our 2006 sponsorship and the return on investment that they received from our unique marketing offerings. We will once again ride Raleigh bikes as they have proved to be truly reliable and the support from Raleigh has been exceptional.

Follow our progress, go to and check the daily results for our positions.


Top Riders use Giro del Capo as warm-up for Cape Epic 

Four of the world’s top mountain bike riders, Silvio Bundi, Thomas Zahnd, Sandro Spaeth and Gion Manetsch will be competing in this year’s Giro del Capo in preparation for the 2007 Absa Cape Epic. Silvio Bundi, the 2006 Absa Cape Epic defending champion will be teaming with fellow Swiss riders Zahnd, Spaeth and Manetsch, as well as two South African riders, Dawid Griesel and Anton Wynand, to make up the six-member Outriders team for the Giro del Capo. read more ....

EPIC Training Rides

As part of our training program we e planned some epic training rides. These Cape Epic training camps have proved critical for focused training as well as being great to simulate race conditions. We ran two training camps one at Sabie Mpumalanga and another at Langebaan on the Cape West Coast. It is a great opportunity to do some back to back riding and meet some other epic riders.

Sabie Training camp was a great success and we did some awesome rides and plenty of climbing, read the Sabie training camp report.  

Read the ride report from out December training camp on the west coast. Kevin Vermaak joined us for all three days and rode some routes that he never knew existed on the West Coast

The Cape Epic 2007
The Magical and Untamed Mountain Bike Race The Cape Epic 2007 is happening again and we are going to be in it. A 900km 8 day mountain bike race from Knysna to Cape Town. This is the ultimate mountain bike race in South Africa. Cape Epic 2007 promises to be one of the most scenic epics yet. With a healthy amount of technical riding included each day it is going to be challenging. The first 3 days will be the toughest, but there are no easy days at the epic so the rest will more than likely be just as tough. 

Our main goal will again be to complete the race and share the experience with the other riders. After two successful finishes we feel comfortable to set some targets in terms of finishing. Having just finished outside the Top 100 teams in our previous attempts we are aiming for an overall top 100 finish and under top 50 mens teams.


Alan Profile

Age: 37 
Club: none
Bike: Raleigh Marathon Team
Years cycling:  13
Years racing:  6 
Total Rac
es in 2004: 13
Best results:
104th overall (67th in class) - Cape Epic 2005 (900km) Apr-05 
113th overall (71st in class) - Cape Epic 2006 Apr-06
6th Overall - Neu
Bethesda 100km mountain bike race Oct-05
35th overall (11th in class) - Argus MTB challenge Mar-06
42nd overall (12th in class) - Stellenbosch MTB Jul-06
32nd overall - Giant's Castle MTB Challenge (75km) Apr-04 

Albert Profile

Age: 34
Club:  Cyclosport
Bike: Raleigh RM Team 
Years cycling: 7 
Years racing: 5 
Total races in 2003: 17 
Recent results:
104th overall (67th in class) - Cape Epic 2005 (900km) Apr-05 
113th overall (71st in class) - Cape Epic 2006 Apr-06
1st overall - Neu Bethesda 100km mountain bike race Oct-05
10th overall - 94.7 mountain bike challenge Nov-05
Ranked 6th sub vet Drifter 2004 series

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