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How these dads won the Cape Epic - despite having tough day jobs

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Craig Uria and Andrew Duvenage during stage 7 of the 2021 Cape Epic (Photo: Sam Clark)
Craig Uria and Andrew Duvenage during stage 7 of the 2021 Cape Epic (Photo: Sam Clark)

At the 2021 Cape Epic, two fathers from Johannesburg with full-time jobs won masters category. And they were riding against some best mountain bikers in the world. 

Barely six months later, they will try to repeat the feat. Hoping to defend that title against two of the winningest riders in the history of the Cape Epic.

Andrew Duvenage and Craig Uria are no strangers to the Cape Epic, having raced at the sharp end of the men’s field for years while balancing family and demanding careers. Dr Craig Uria has a chiropractic practice, while Andrew Duvenage is a financial services executive. 

"Racing in the UCI category was great because it is one of the only events where amateurs can compete against the best professionals in the world. Racing against the pros is extremely tough, especially since the starts were extremely fast, which didn't suit older guys," said Duvenage.

The pairing turned 40 and graduated to the masters category at the 2021 Cape Epic.

"The masters category had been a goal for a couple of years and something we had been targeting as we had both just turned 40, which gave us a bit of an advantagebeing some of the youngest guys in the category," explains Duvenage.

Thanks to a postponed Cape Epic, the extended build-up worked out well for the team. "We were able to tick all three boxes to a successful 2021 Cape Epic: great form, good physical health, and a mechanical free race. We have done five Epics together so we have the experience."

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