With the amazing memories of last year’s race still in our minds, we are very excited to announce that Novus OMX Pro Team will return to the Cape Epic in 2016.
The Cape Epic is a special race – unique in its awesome scale – and it will be a great honour to see our jerseys back on the start line to take on the infamously gruelling eight day mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape.
This year Martin Gluth will take on the Cape Epic with fellow German international rider, Sascha Weber, as a full Novus OMX team. Martin and Sascha will both ride last year’s Prologue-winning Silverback Sesta SBC.
For the team, and especially for our South African title sponsor Novus, it was important to have a team at this prestigious race and we are therefore delighted to welcome Sascha Weber – a long time friend of Martin and a very strong athlete – as a guest rider. Sascha is coming off the back of a highly successful cyclocross season where he achieved top 20 World Cup finishes, was a regular visitor to the podium at the EKZ Tour, and got a silver medal at the German National Championships. Sascha is not only fit for one hour of intense racing though, most notably demonstrated by his silver medal at the European Marathon Championships.
Sascha is very happy to be on board with OMX for this unique race and will now focus everything towards it –
“I just finished my world championships in CX so I need now to adapt my training, starting with a camp in Gran Canaria. I am looking forward to the race and I will fight for the best place every day.”
Martin and Sascha are both Cape Epic first-timers, but they will draw upon a lot of racing experience to aim for a top ten overall position. Martin is excited to get stuck in –
“I know that I will find out my personal limits at longer races, especially stage races. I haven’t done anything comparable in my racing career so I am looking forward to this massive challenge! I can’t wait to ride the Silverback Sesta SBC – a truly world-class bike! I got it already with me in Greece and will adjust it the next few days. I think it’s going to be awesome!”
The 2016 Cape Epic route covers a total of 647km, 14950m of vertical climbing, 110km of singletrack and five venues over eight days of racing.
The 2016 Cape Epic starts in Cape Town on 13th March. We can’t wait for another epic adventure!