PROLOGUE: BATTLE LINES DRAWN FOR 2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC
The 2019 ABSA Cape Epic kicked off on Sunday the 17th March. Once again the Prologue was held on the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain. The 21-kilometer long course features 600 meters of climbing, followed by technical descending. Both starting and finishing on the University of Cape Town’s sports fields. This fast and furious track is ideal for cross-country racers however there is still a long race ahead.
Our UCI Women’s team, SILVERBACK-FAIRTREE consisting of Mariske Strauss and Jennie Stenerhag finished 5th. Furthermore, the SILVERBACK-SBC men’s team finished in the Top 15.
Silverback Fairtree finished the opening stage in a time of 55:45. Thus, this places them about 4 minutes behind the winners. With a whole week of racing ahead, the ladies are motivated to make up this time on stage 1 and step onto the podium.
Overall results: UCI Women
- Investec-songo-Specialized: Annika Langvad (Denmark) & Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) 00:51,44,7
- Kross-Spur Racing: Ariane Lüthi (Switzerland) & Maja Wloszczowska (Poland) 00:54,19,9 +2.35,2
- Summit Fin: Candice Lill (South Africa) & Adelheid Morath (Germany) 00:54,33,8 +2.49,1
- Meerendal WIAWIS Rotwild: Sabine Spitz (Germany) & Nadine Rieder (Germany) 00:55,11,4 +3.26,7
- Silverback – Fairtree: Jennie Stenerhag (Sweden) & Mariske Strauss (South Africa) 00:55,45,4 +4.00,7