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Check out our Cape Epic Guide, the story of our 3 past Cape Epic successes. Find out all our epic training secrets.

News Articles

An archive of news articles about Team BBB on their way to Cape Epic 2008
2008 route and accommodation

Bikes & Parts

At Cape Epic 2008 we will be riding Raleigh bikes again. They will be kitted out with BBB Parts. We will report on these and other bike equipment choices.

Training Blog

Stay up to date with our training progress. We review our training and preparation each week for Cape Epic 2008, starting 10 Sept 2007.

Videos & Photos

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Team BBB Cape Epic 2008 Race Report

The Race

Team BBB set out on a quest for a Cape Epic Top 50 spot. This was no easy challenge with the field improving every year and the conditions becoming harder. The prologue turned out to be a nice warmup and a good way to settle the nerves and check bikes, or damage bikes as in our case. We managed to cut two Maxxis crossmarks in the prologue, so we had some maintenance to do in the afternoon. Some teams were looking good after the prologue, but that would not last long after the real riding began.

Day Dist Ascent Avg Time GC Cat
Prologue 15 360 20.2

00:44.2

118 94
1 123 3091 20.4 06:09.4 69 48
2 137 2518 21.2 06:42.6 66 48
3 133 2340 22.9 05:47.5 102 71
4 121 2620 19.8 06:04.5 81 61
5 146 1819 21.6 06:53.3 70 52
6 130 2095 21.7 05:59.5 50 40
7 91 1985 18.4 05:05.2 67 53
8 68 1760 16.7 03:55.5 123 91
949 18228 20.3 47:24:11 61 47

 

We started off by picking some teams to mark at the start of the race, some guys that we had raced before and knew would be setting a good pace. After a blitzing day 1 we were infront of all our marked teams and happy with a good day out and our plan was working. It was by far our best day 1 at an epic and layed the groundwork for a solid epic ahead. Day 2 was really hard, with a long climb to soften you up and then a brutally long steep hot and rough climb to finish you off. We had another good day out and we finished the day slightly ahead of the previous day. We made good time on the technical decent, something that would help us on many days.

Day 3 we went a bit backward as Alan started with a cold and broke a front deraileur which required fixing at the Shimano techzone. We took the opportunity to rest a bit. Day 4 and 5 were pretty average as we maintained our positions but found the going quite hard, not really knowing whether or not to go for it again. Fatique was setting in and we could see teams dropping off and the slow starters getting stronger. Day 6 was our best day, we had a very good start and stuck with the front bunches. Then we got to Salmansdam and got over the mountain quickly dropping some other teams. Over the top we coulght up with a fast bunch and rode all they way into Hermanus to finish Top 50 - it was a great effort.

But it was the last bit that I really had as my cold really took hold on day 7, I started ok but limped home. Luckily we had cemented a good position, 56 over all, close to our Top 50 goal. Day 8 was a nightmare and one of the hardest days on a bike for me. It was damage control the whole day and I was as sick as a dog when we eventually crossed the line. Not a great way to end the epic but I was glad to make it and thankful to Albert for pulling me all the way in.

This epic was harder than any other I have done, after 6 days there was no easy days or chance to rest at all, it just kept on coming. There were few if any easy finishes, and this makes it particularly hard. At the time it was almost too hard and un pleasant, but afterwards it does not seem that bad. It lived up to its reputation of being hard - harder than you think!

The Support

We could not have ridden the way we did if it were not for Candice and Belinda. Experts in race support they were like real dedicated professionals. Looking after us at the end of everyday with recovery drinks, lunch, snacks and pep talks. They really made our race and were an inspiration to us. Everyday we looked forward to getting to finish and seeing them. Maxxis techzone guys helped us with some maintenance and bike cleaning even though they didn't have to, they were superb and also made our lives alot easier - thanks guys!

The Bikes

Our Raleigh prototypes were a secret revelation. These full suspension bikes were perfect for the conditions especially the many rough and bumpy tracks that we had to negotiate at the end of stages. There were also many very technical descents that we went down with ease fully in control and with a fair amount of comfort. Climbing the bikes was no problem, the active suspension often providing much needed traction on the loose rocky climbs. I rode with a Maxxis monorail on the front and it made by bike stick in the corners, I was always confident on the descents and never felt even a little bit of slip on high speed smooth and loose rock corners. All the BBB parts were solid in their performance and they are still on my bike and will be so for many kilometres.

Daily race diary and Cape Epic 2008 photos and Video

 

 


 

 
     

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