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Chasing Legends: Sergey Yakubanets On A Journey To An Epic Legends Medal

By Absa Cape Epic, 03/22/24, 11:30PM HST


When the field rolled off the start line at the Prologue in Lourensford on Sunday 17 March, there were 11 Epic Legends ‘in waiting’ who took to the trails in a bid to add yet another Epic Series finish to their palmarès and add their names to the Legends Hall of Fame. One of those almost legends was Swiss masters rider Sergey Yakubanets.

Between Yakubanets and his unique Epic Legend medal, lay some 603 Untamed kilometres and some 16050 metres of climbing. Epic Legend status is reserved for riders who have completed three Epic Series Legend events, including an Absa Cape Epic. Yakubanets had completed five Spar Swiss Epics and the Andorra Epic before coming to the Southern tip of Africa to ride the pinnacle of the Epic Series, the Absa Cape Epic.

“In terms of endurance, it's quite different here! It’s been tough - hot days and long distances,” he said after Stage 5. “You really have to suffer to get to the finish.” But with years of mountain bike experience and memories to call upon, Yakubanets knows that the only way to claim that coveted Epic Legends medal is to keep pushing, no matter the conditions.

“The Cape Epic has been fantastic so far,” Yakubanets said, “It is the pinnacle of the Epic Series and it shows, it’s been a tough but great experience.”

According to Yakubanets, his main goal with German partner, Dan Bronstein is to finish without any mishaps. “When I started riding stage races, an Epic Legends medal was not my target, but it’s definitely a significant achievement in the mountain bike racing world and to get one will make me very proud.”

Will he be back in Africa anytime soon? “Well, we’ll have to see!” He jokes. “You know how the Monday after the finish you swear you'll never do it again, then a few days later, you're signing up for another Epic? Let’s see…”

Yakubanets' pursuit of Epic Legend status embodies the indomitable spirit of endurance and determination that defines the Absa Cape Epic. With each pedal stroke, they inch closer to achieving their goal, a testament to their perseverance and passion for the sport.