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Stage 3 of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic

28 Mar 2012

There was quite a frenzy in the Rider Village this morning as all the riders prepared for a mass start at 7am but the songo riders could be found, cool, calm and collected, ready to take on the long stage. It was one of the most spectacular mornings and the landscapes between Robertson to Villiersdorp were just stunning, later confirmed by the riders including Christoph who said it was one of the most beautiful days of riding so far. He said he almost wanted to stop to take in the scenery!

But alas, upfront it's a race for victory and for our charity and so the show must go on! And it most certainly did. Early in the day a small group of 2 teams, Milka and Fedgroup broke away with a 4 minute lead after WP2. But not long after the big climb heading towards WaterPoint 3 the team of 36ONE-SONGO-SPECIALIZED and 360Life caught the leading team and left a trail of dust as they traversed the mountains and along scenic ridges towards WP3.

After a brief dip in the river crossing just before heading to WP3 our guys were still looking calm and relaxed. I just have to mention ... It is just incredible for me to see how calm and relaxed their temperament is always. Always collected, never stressing, rarely flustered.

And from WP3 the mad charge home began. Christoph and Burry leading for most of the way and finally taking the a well deserved win after all their hard work out on the stage. 

Max Knox and Kohei Yamamoto were either in the pack in the morning or not too far behind at the later part of the day. Not bad going at all for the Asian Champ who came out to South Africa to race the World Cup and will leave having taken part in the Absa Cape Epic as well!

Racing for our younger boys riding in Exxaro, we knew was going to be tough. These young guys don't have the benefit of all the endurance of the more experienced athletes but certainly showed their strength as they made it through the course. There is no doubt it was tough going on them and definitely took a lot out of them but we can be sure that tomorrow and the next days they will come charging back.

A little stressed and flustered, Azu took a small tumble but luckily nothing too serious. A few scrapes on the elbows and a wobberly back wheel but nothing we can't get sorted for him tonight. We are super proud that they still have the Exxaro jersey and will be back on the stage with Susi and Burry tonight.

Incidently Burry has bid R85k on his own Specialized S-Works Epic 29ner in our auction 

These guys are such inspiration to us all the time in their kindness and generosity, and all the hard work that they put into the charity! Who's going to match his bid on Christoph's bike or up the bid on his own?

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