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Absa Cape Epic: Stage 4 Greyton

27 Mar 2014

Sadly for Meerendal-songo-Specialized, the day contained a broken chain and a clipped pedal which resulted in Christoph crashing before water point 2. Luckily Susi was able to continue from the crash unscathed but the broken chain resulted in them dropping out of the group chasing SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing (Nino Schurter & South African Philip Buys) consisting of Centurion-Vaude, Topeak-Ergon Racing, Torpado Factory & Bulls 2. Franti and Susi were able to chase back and reduce some of the time lost finishing 8th overall in the stage. Unfortunately another podium was not on the cards today but there is still much racing to be done over the next few days and the boys are as determined as ever to make up the approx 12 min between Topeak-Ergon Racing to claim the overall win.

Susi racing

The determination shows on Christoph's face to regain the lost time. Photo Credit: Martin Bissig

Bad luck to the Bulls team & Karl Platt who pulled out with an injury to his knee after a crash on stage 2. It’s never great to have a DNF next to ones name especially such a great competitor - we wish him a speedy recovery.

Another team who sadly had a bad day was a team that we have very close bonds with  - the Mixed RECM team of Cherise Stander & Theo Blignaut are unfortunately no longer able to compete for the Mixed Jersey as Cherise suffered from an asthma attach and had to retire from the race. The disappointment must be great, especially with the strong performance and great teamwork Cherise & Theo were showing. As always, health is precious – rest up, get better and we will no doubt see you dominating the trails soon!

 Congratulations to Nino Schurter and South African Philip Buys – as proud South Africans it’s always great to see a South African up on the podium if our boys can’t be there :-) 

 Once again its great news for Sipho & Azu – they really are champs and are loving every minute of this journey. Although they paid for the hard start later in the stage they finished in a phenomenal 25th position overall. The Exxaro / PwC team of Jan Motshioa & Phillimon Sebona have gained time on Sipho & Azu they remain in the Exxaro jersey for another day with a lead of approx. 4mins.

Greyton racing landscape

The riders were treated to beautiful scenery and great single track today in perfect weather conditions

Azu & Sipho finish

Sipho & Azu finish stage 4 a little weary but in good spirits.


Tomorrow is a move day as the riders and village head off to the familiar Oak Valley in Elgin. Stage 5 is full of climbing with a total of 2900m in a distance of 110km so if there are chinks in the body’s armor this stage will no doubt expose it.


On a slightly different note – don’t forget to book tickets for The Final Showdown, the Fundraiser Meerendal will be holding in benefit of on Monday, 31st March. Not only will the evening be filled with great Meerendal wine and delicious food by award winning Chef David Higgs in a beautiful setting but there will be a number of pro’s competing in a technical showdown. With how things have been going the last few days the Pro’s skills will be highly polished in dealing with a number of technical issues so it will be great to see them pit their talents against each other one last time.  In addition there will also be a number of amazing items on auction including Christoph & Franti’s customized Specialized S-works Epic Burry Stander Limited Edition race bikes as well as artwork by the talented Richard Scott amongst other things. Numbers need to be finalized before urgently so get your tickets to avoid disappointment. To book tickets contact Sanet:  082 783 0457 or