Eight days. Seven hundred and thirty-nine kilometres. Sixteen thousand metres of climbing.
The journey starts on Sunday. The Cape Epic is here.
Mariske Strauss and Cherie Vale are in high spirits as they make their final preparations for the world’s biggest mountain bike stage race. There is a real sense of excitement among the young South African duo and this energy – which positively bounces between the girls – will certainly help see them through the gruelling stages.
That said, Mariske and Cherie don’t underestimate this race and will treat it with the respect it deserves. There are no grand goals, more a day-by-day approach where they will concentrate on trying to eliminate risks and mistakes.With this strategy in place, they have the talent and mental steel to see them onto a strong final result.
Cherie felt the form coming at Wednesday evening’s Aramex Songo Race of Champions which gave her a timely boost in confidence ahead of her first Cape Epic.
“It hasn’t sunk in just yet that the ABSA Cape Epic is starting on Sunday but I’m feeling ready and excited for the journey,” she says.
For Mariske, who rode her inaugural Cape Epic last year, the challenge this year is to put into practice everything she learnt from the race and lead the pair through the tough physical and mental journey.
“I’m excited the time has arrived to embark on our Epic adventure and I’m so happy to be able to share the experience with Cherie and the Novus OMX Pro Team”.