Finish Line Proposal
(32) from Stellenbosch who participated in the 2012 Absa Cape Epic as part of
team Hamburger Perlen, proposed to his girlfriend, Katryn Schoon just after he
crossed the finish line at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West on Sunday,
1 April. Knoetzen only heard that he’s taking part in this year’s race on
Saturday, 24 March, the day before the Prologue.
Denver Knoetzen Proposes at the Finish Line
works in the IT industry, participated in his 3rd Absa Cape Epic
Knoetzen has been planning to ask his girlfriend to marry him for a couple of
months, he only decided to do it at the finish line when he heard he got in.
“I’ve been planning to ask her for a few months and I’ve had the ring for a
while. On Saturday when I found out I’m going to do the Absa Cape Epic, I
decided that I’m going to use this opportunity to propose. The Cape Epic has
been as much a part of her life as it’s been of mine, so I thought it would be
the perfect moment,” explains Knoetzen.
Schoon (26), who is doing her Masters, have been together for 1 year and 10
months. He asked his friend to pick up the ring from his house and bring it to
Lourensford. “I stopped as I got into Lourensford and my mate brought me the
ring. As I crossed the finish line, Katryn was waiting for me and I got down on
my knee and asked her to marry me,” says Knoetzen.
this year’s Absa Cape Epic, Knoetzen says: “The race was really tough this
year. The fact that I didn’t have time to prepare for the race obviously played
an important part. The weather conditions made the race
finished the race as an individual finisher, after his partner had to withdraw
during Stage 3. Explains Knoetzen: “The heat during Stage 1 and 2 got to him.
He got dehydrated at the 3rd waterpoint during Stage 3, so he
decided to withdraw. I decided to go on and see if I can finish in time – I
crossed the finish line 20 minutes before cut-off.”