The 'new' Cape Epic dream team with ten wins

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Sauser during a Cape Epic stage, through Wellington. (Nick Muzik)
Sauser during a Cape Epic stage, through Wellington. (Nick Muzik)
  • Two riders with a total of ten wins, form a team with tremendous pedigree.
  • The pair will be racing in the masters category of the Cape Epic. And are tipped to win.
  • And they are looking forward to a more relaxed schedule.

Germany’s Karl Platt and Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser are finally racing together. After years of competing as the fiercest rivals, they will team-up for the 2022 Cape Epic.

By far the most dominant riders in Cape Epic history, Platt and Sauser have been racing each other since 2006. And with five victories each – to date the two most successful riders in the men’s pro category.

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Platt, one of the greatest Cape Epic riders ever. (Photo: Nick Muzik)

A team like no other

The pair will race as team NinetyOne Epic Legends and will race for the blue?NTT Masters jersey, instead of the yellow jersey of which they each own a handful.

Since their first head-to-head battle, at the 2006 Cape Epic, they have been the fiercest of rivals and there was little love lost in the early years. Karl Platt won the Cape Epic in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2016; while Christoph Sauser’s victories came in 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015.?

To many it might seem like an unlikely partnership, but it is rather a testament to mountain biking and the community of the sport. "We have always been great rivals but with a lot of respect for each other," said Platt. "I think it says a lot about the sport that the two biggest rivals can race together."

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Sauser is perhaps the most iconic rider, in Cape Epic history. (Photo: Zoon Cronje)

Much easier mornings

"The competitive fire is burning, but I must honestly say that when I see the pros racing and how fast they start, I’m really happy not to have to wake up three hours before the start and go through the whole breakfast-and-prep-and-warm-up routine."

?"Now I just wake up late and roll to the start," laughed Platt.

The community element of mountain biking is an area of particular interest to Sauser, who has kept a training base in Stellenbosch, since the early 2000s. "Being part of the Specialized team is also incredibly important to me as it allows me to pass on my experience to the youngsters coming up through the ranks," he said.

"I am really looking forward to riding with Karl. There’s nothing better than racing through the trails in the Western Cape and doing it in the Masters category will be a lot better than eating dust like in the Elite category."


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