Cyclists set off on a grueling eight-day epic in Absa Cape


Bruce Whitfield speaks with Absa Sponsorship Manager Mtunzi Jonas, Cape Epic Managing Director Michael Flinn and Cycle Lab Founder and Cycling Expert Andrew McLean.

It was indeed an epic week for cyclists participating in the Cape Epic.

Matt Beers and his French partner, Jordan Sarrou beat other riders and extreme weather conditions to become Cape Epic’s first overall winner since 2012.

Beers and Sarrou finished the race in 25: 17: 28.2, giving them almost nine minutes ahead of the German team BULLS 2, who finished second.

Bruce Whitfield spoke to Absa’s sponsorship manager Mtunzi Jonas at the start of the Cape Epic race.

It was really great, there was a lot of disruption in and around the live sporting events. To actually take place and see the runners go and watch them work hard to complete these stages is incredibly satisfying.

Mtunzi Jonas, Sponsorship Manager – Absa

We have a 15 year partnership which makes us one of the oldest sponsorship relationships.

Mtunzi Jonas, Sponsorship Manager – Absa

Here is Jonas’ full interview:

Absa Cape Epic Managing Director Michael Flinn said the race was aimed at showing the beauty of South Africa and South Africa as a business destination.

It’s about leaving a legacy and I think it was based on that to showcase South African beauty.

Michael Flinn, Managing Director – Absa Cape Epic

Meanwhile, Cycle Lab founder and cycling expert Andrew McLean says business is booming.

The average price is said to be an average of R90,000 to R100,000. There are believed to be bicycles at stake for over R200,000. The less there is on the bike, the more expensive it is.

Andrew McLean, Cycling Expert and Founder – Cycle Lab

In a strange way, Covid has done cycling and gold for that matter a huge favor. We are a cycling industry built on the backs of events and what better event than having done the Tour de France mountain biking.

Andrew McLean, Cycling Expert and Founder – Cycle Lab

Listen to the full interviews below:

This article first appeared on 702: Epic Week in Cape Town: Cyclists set off to conquer an epic eight-day Absa Cape Epic

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