With the start of this year’s Cape Epic mere days away, South Africa’s form cross-country mountain biker, has had to withdraw.
In his best season yet, Alan Hatherly has amassed some terrific results. His performances as part of Cannondale Factory Racing have left no one in doubt, thanks to very credible podiums and top ten rides.
Unfortunately, the Cape Epic remains a team event. Alan’s race partner, Danish mountain biker Simon Andreassen, has been forced out of the Cape Epic due to medical reasons.
In a stroke of dramatic last-minute misfortune, Simon underwent an emergency appendectomy shortly after landing in South Africa, for the Cape Epic.
Not Simon's first South African medical experience
Although the emergency procedure was a success, it left Simon with a narrow recovery window to partner Alan at the Cape Epic. On medical advice, the pair chose to withdraw.
Cannondale Factory Racing has been philosophical about the turn of events.
"Simon and Alan were stoked to represent CFR at Cape Epic this year, and we know they would have done an incredible job. Thankfully these two young guns have long careers ahead of them and we look forward to seeing them tackle this stage race together in the future."
Although only 24-years old, this is not the first time Simon has been in a South African emergency medical ward.
In 2018, Simon suffered a high-speed crash in a berm, which he still can’t remember to this day. He woke in a Stellenbosch emergency ward, without having any recollection of how he managed to get there, having been knocked unconscious during the crash.