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Stellar Elite Field for 2019 Absa Cape Epic

2019-02-05

The sixteenth edition of the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race boasts an exceptional elite field filled with World, National and Continental champions, in addition to ten previous winners of the Absa Cape Epic. The elite men’s field is spear headed by defending champions Jaroslav Kulhavý and Howard Grotts with the reigning XCO World and Olympic champion Nino Schurter intent on dethroning them. In the elite women’s race, the presence of road cycling’s star attraction Anna van der Breggen alongside four-time champion Annika Langvad has fans wondering if even Ariane Lüthi and Maja Włoszczowska will be able to beat theInvestec-songo-Specialized pairing. 


To read about each of the teams, as well as their aspirations and chances for the 2019 Absa Cape Epic click on the link next to their team names. 

2019 Absa Cape Epic Elite Men’s Field

Team Name

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Rider Number

Rider Name

Country

Investec Songo Specialized 1

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1-1

Jaroslav Kulhavy

Czech Republic

1-2

Howard Grotts

USA

Team BULLS Legends

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2-1

Karl Platt

Germany

2-2

Alban Lakata

Austria

Cannondale Factory Racing

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3-1

Manuel Fumic

Germany

3-2

Henrique Avancini

Brazil

SCOTT-SRAM

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4-1

Nino Schurter

Switzerland

4-2

Andri Frischknecht

Switzerland

Vitalo - Future Cycling

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5-1

Kristian Hynek

Czech Republic

5-2

Petter Fagerhaug

Norway

Team BULLS Heros

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6-1

Urs Huber

Switzerland

6-2

Simon Stiebjahn

Germany

PYGA Euro Steel

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7-1

Philip Buys

South Africa

7-2

Matthys Beukes

South Africa

Silverback SBC

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8-1

Nicola Rohrbach

Switzerland

8-2

Konny Looser

Switzerland

Centurion Vaude 1

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9-1

Daniel Geismayr

Austria

9-2

Jochen Käß

Germany

Trek Selle San Marco 1

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10-1

Damiano Ferraro

Italy

10-2

Samuele Porro

Italy

BUFF SCOTT MTB

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11-1

Francesc Guerra Carretero

Spain 

11-2

Enrique Morcillo Vergara

Spain

DSV-SCOTT-SRAM

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12-1

Gert Heyns

South Africa

12-2

Lars Forster

Switzerland

Specialized Foundation

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13-1

Alan Hatherly

South Africa

13-2

Sam Gaze

New Zealand

Kross Racing Team

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14-1

Sergio Mantecón Gutiérrez

Spain

14-2

Ondřej Cink

Czech Republic

NAD MTB

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15-1

Nico Bell

South Africa

15-2

Matt Beers

South Africa

Trek Selle San Marco 2

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16-1

Fabian Rabensteiner

Italy

16-2

Michele Casagrande

Italy

Team BULLS Youngsters

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17-1

Martin Frey

Germany

17-2

Simon Schneller

Germany

Wilier Bakker Racing

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18-1

Erwin Bakker

Netherlands

18-2

David Nordemann

Netherlands

CST Sandd

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19-1

Sebastien Fini

Denmark

19-2

Martins Blums

Latvia

Investec Songo Specialized 2

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20-1

Christoph Sauser

Switzerland

20-2

Simon Andreassen

Denmark

T°RED FACTORY RACING

 

21-1

Alessandro Petacchi

Italy

21-2

Francesco Chicchi

Italy

Shimano Aus

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22-1

Brendan Johnston

Australia

22-2

Cameron Ivory

Australia

SPOT Africa

 

23-1

Timothy Hammond

South Africa

23-2

Jan Schaer

Switzerland

Centurion Vaude 2

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24-1

Tristan de Lange

Namibia

24-2

Vinzent Dorn

Germany

7C CBZ Wilier 1

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25-1

Louis Meija

Columbia

25-2

Johnny Cattaneo

Italy 

Pro Devonbosch Qhubeka

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26-1

Frans Claes

Belgium

26-2

Hendrik (HB) Kruger

South Africa

KTM Pro

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27-1

Manuel Pliem

Austria

27-2

David Schöggl

Austria

DSV Pro

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28-1

Julian Jessop

South Africa

28-2

Arno Du Toit

South Africa

PYGA Euro Steel

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29-1

Pieter du Toit

South Africa

29-2

Phillimon Sebona

South Africa

Orbea Factory Team

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30-1

Aleix Espargaro Villa

Spain 

30-2

Ibon Zugasti

Spain

MMR Factory Racing Team

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31-1

David Valero

Spain

31-2

Catriel Soto

Argentina

7C CBZ Wilier 2

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32-1

Tony Longo

Italy 

32-2

Gregory Brenes

Costa Rica

Ceska sporitelna-Accolade

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33-1

Tomas Visnovsky

Slovenia 

33-2

Matouš Ulman

Czech Republic

Madmacs

 

34-1

Charlie McFall

South Africa

34-2

Matthew Keyser

South Africa

IMBUKO Giant

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35-1

Marco Joubert

South Africa

35-2

Nicol Carstens

South Africa

Darkhorse Wheels

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36-1

Shaun-Nick Bester

South Africa

36-2

Andrew Hill

South Africa

Restonic

 

37-1

Craig Uria

South Africa

37-2

Andrew Duvenage

South Africa

Reynolds BlacklabelRacing

 

38-1

Julian Biefang

Germany

38-2

Todd Tanner

USA

ERG 1900 EV.

 

39-1

Sascha Weil

Germany

39-2

Benjamin Weil

Germany

Scott France

 

40-1

Jonathan Galante

France

40-2

Anthony Collet-Beillon

France

Tvert

 

42-1

Maxime Danon

France

42-2

Benjamin Chavas

France

Tbelles - ProtourBCN

 

43-1

Roberto Bou Martin

Spain

43-2

Alberto Losada

Spain

Ecuador 4X2

 

44-1

Galo Tamayo

Ecuador

44-2

Jose Bernardo Vintimilla Corral

Ecuador

 

2019 Absa Cape Epic Elite Women’s Field

Team Name

Story Link

Rider Number

Rider Name

Country

Investec-Songo-Specialized

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50-1

Annika Langvad

Denmark

50-2

Anna van der Breggen

Netherlands

Silverback - Fairtree

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52-1

Jennie Stenerhag

Sweden

52-2

Mariske Strauss

South Africa

Kross-Spur Racing

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53-1

Ariane Lüthi

Switzerland

53-2

Maja Włoszczowska

Poland

Summit

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54-1

Candice Lill

South Africa

54-2

Adelheid Morath

Germany

dormakaba Ladies

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55-1

Samantha Sanders

South Africa

55-2

Amy McDougall

South Africa

Galileo Risk

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56-1

Theresa Ralph

South Africa

56-2

Sarah Hill

South Africa

Land Rover Jaguars

 

46-1

Hannele Steyn

South Africa

46-2

Katja Steenkamp

South Africa

 

 

To view the full 2019 Absa Cape Epic race register please click here.

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