Cycling

Cape Epic starts in blustery conditions

Absa Cape Epic (File)
Absa Cape Epic (File)

Cape Town - The Absa Cape Epic got underway at Meerendal in blustery conditions on Sunday.

The 26km route, with around 700m of climbing proved a tough proposition for the riders, especially with strong winds throughout. 

Karl Platt and Urs Huber (Bulls) were first over the line in a time of 1.04,37, a minute ahead of Nicola Rohrbach and Matthias Pfrommer (Centurion Vaude by Meerendal 2). 

Samuele Porro and Damiano Ferraro (Trek-Selle San Marco A) finished in third. 

The women's prologue was won by Robyn de Groot and Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health) in a time of 1.17.35. They finished in 50th overall.

As is the norm, a number of sports people from other disciplines are taking part in the event.

Ex-Springbok Marius Hurter has teamed up with ex-Welsh international Colin Charvis. The pair ended in 636th position after completing the course in 2.12,32.

"Ja, it was quite windy and we were bobbing and weaving a bit," said Hurter.

Other participants in this years event include adventurer Riaan Manser and ex-Springbok captain John Smit.




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