A South African mountain bike stage race with the highest UCI status, the Absa Cape Epic, has never had a South African team finish on the top step of the podium. Two of South Africa’s most talented and decorated cyclists, Dave George and Kevin Evans, have formed a professional cycling team with the express purpose of achieving this goal. This is their story.
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Suffering, sacrifice, success. So much in here speaks volumes to me and touches me in the spaces which are remembered. There are setbacks, comebacks and then there is the story of these 2 guys, taking on the absolute best in the world. Not that they do not fall in that category. Dave and Kevin are both incredible world class athletes, each proven they can take on the best in the world.
In all my years as an athlete and having come across some of the most single minded dedicated people on the planet, this story is unique. Sure, I have an inside edge into what is going on within the team with my connection with some of the divisions of Nedbank. Sure, I am aware that other teams are as dedicated. This story makes me proud to be a South African where the worlds best talent lives, breathes and dreams of success on the highest platform. Where the toughest races in the world take place, where pass participation is the norm and where we take on challenges and adventures with vooma, gusto and then some…
We never back down, we never give up. Those are our virtues as South Africans. I am excited for Cape Epic. I am going to head out and watch some of it for sure. I urge you to do the same. I urge you to follow them on twitter and watch their progress live. This is a historic effort and something we should all be proud of.