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Cape Epic bike check - Mariske's Liv Pique

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Mariske's Cape Epic bike. Note the second water bottle, on her seatpost. (Photo: Max Sullivan)
Mariske's Cape Epic bike. Note the second water bottle, on her seatpost. (Photo: Max Sullivan)

This year's Cape Epic women’s category delivered some of the best mountain bike racing, with different stage winners and an evolving tactical battle throughout the race.

Amid all of this was Mariske Strauss. The multiple South African mountain bike champion partnered with Candice Lill to finish second overall.

Few mountain bikers will ever endure the eight days of suffering to collect a Cape Epic finisher’s medal, but much can be learned from Cape Epic pro bike builds.

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