Silverback KMC shows fighting spirit


3rd Overall | 8 Days | 658KM | 13530 Climbing | Epic.    

The Grand Finale at Val de Vie Estate put on a grand day for a cyclist to celebrate the 15th edition of the Absa Cape Epic. It has been a tough 8 days for our Silverback riders.

From the majestic slopes of Table Mountain to the rocky Robertson for the first three days, with a transition stage, where we stayed for one night before we settled down until we headed to the Grand Finale with a manic time trial in between.

Silverback KMC, Mariske Strauss, Annie Last
Silverback KMC mariske strauss and annie last speaks to the media

We started the race with 6 riders, Silverback- KMC, Mariske Strauss & Annie Last (Team KMC EKOI SR Suntour), Silverback OMX Pro Team, Martin Gluth & Raphael Gagne and our support team Silverback Volvo, Shaun-Nick Bester & Jaco Pelser.

The racing has seen Silverback-KMC take control of a situation that was not in their hands and proved that taking home a 3rd Overall on the final stage is possible with great support and determination. Mariske and Annie showed the importance of experience and partnership.

For the second time, we are inspired by the grit and sportsmanship of the two ambitious ladies that they have shown us through the struggle – those who overcome the storm can achieve brilliant results. You are heroes!

Mariske & Annie were not quite happy that they could not perform the way they have planned to this year. However, the amazing duo crossed the final stage of the Absa Cape Epic in 5th place in front of a massive crowd applauding them at Val de Vie.

The UCI Elite men, Silverback OMX, Gluth & Gagne shook things up mid-way. They have only known each other for a short period of time before they started the Epic race. Moving from 33rd in the overall rankings after one day, up to 13th on Day 6! They also achieved two 11th place finishes. Before Stage 6 Gluth fell ill to a virus that has been spreading through the Epic race village.


The next day we saw Raphael Gagne and Silverback Volvo rider, Shaun-Nick Bester put on the Lonely Leopard jersey. These strongmen crossed the line seconds after each other at the Grand Finale!

It has been an incredible performance for the Silverback KMC. We couldn’t be more proud of Mariske & Annie for wrapping up this grueling and brutal stage race event.

Silverback KMC, Mariske Strauss, ABSA Cape Epic

A special thanks to the entire Silverback support crew for helping making this event a phenomenal success. From the team who worked behind the scenes, the sponsors, the fans and media – all who combined to make our teams reach higher heights.  

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