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Miguel Munoz and Luis Martínez raced to stage victory on the penultimate day of the 2024 4Islands MTB Croatia. The, short, 39 kilometre stage on Lošinj might not have resulted in a change in the yellow CIOVITA leaders jerseys, but it sets the race up for a fascinating final stage on Saturday. Just 2 minutes and 25 seconds separate the top two teams after Stage 3. In the UCI Women’s race, for orange, the BUFF MEGAMO Women continued their assured ride through the Kvarner islands by winning their fourth stage and extending their overall lead to 5 minutes and 40 seconds. 

Another dramatic day at the 4Islands MTB Croatia saw the Metallurgica Veneta MTB Pro Team 1 extend their general classification lead; after a crash for BUFF MEGAMO 1’s Pablo Rodriguez Guede and stomach cramps for Lukas Baum, of ORBEA Leatt Speed Company. Three days into the 2024 event Nicola Taffarel and Massimo Rosa’s advantage is 3 minutes and 40 seconds over the Klimatiza Toteemi Cabberty 2 team. BUFF MEGAMO’s women’s team, Janina Wust and Rosa van Doorn, enjoyed another trouble-free day, on Stage 2, despite being pushed deeper into the course by their nearest rivals, CANNONDALE ISB SPORT, than on the two previous days. 

Nicola Taffarel and Massimo Rosa, of Metallurgica Veneta MTB Pro Team 1, backed up a strong Prologue performance with a superb ride on Stage 1 to seize the yellow CIOVITA jerseys from the pre-race favourites ORBEA Leatt Speed Company. In the UCI Women’s race BUFF MEGAMO’s Janina Wust and Rosa van Doorn claimed their second successive stage win, extending their advantage to 3 minutes and 26 seconds in the process. 

Defending champions, ORBEA Leatt Speed Company, got their 4Islands MTB Croatia campaign off to a winning start on Tuesday, 16 April 2024. Lukas Baum and Georg Egger won the 12-kilometre Prologue by just 6 seconds to take the first yellow CIOVITA jerseys of the race. While in the UCI Women’s competition, Janina Wust and Rosa van Doorn were 14 seconds quicker, for BUFF MEGAMO Women, than the CANNONDALE ISB SPORT combination. 

Epic Racing Expected at 2024 4Islands MTB Croatia

By 4Islands 04/15/2024, 8:45am HST

2025 Early bird entries SOLD OUT

By Cape Epic 03/25/2024, 4:45am HST

The highly anticipated early bird entries for the 2025 Absa Cape Epic sold out as soon as they became available. Since its inception in 2004, the Absa Cape Epic has consistently sold out, and this Monday was no exception. Many eager participants were poised and counting the seconds until registration opened at 3 pm.

A fitting and fine Grand Finale

By Absa Cape Epic 03/24/2024, 5:15am HST

Coetzenberg Stadium in Stellenbosch played host to a fitting final stage of the 20th Absa Cape Epic. The stage over 67km with 2000m of climbing saw dynamic, aggressive racing in all the categories and featured the coldest conditions of the week. The contrast to the heat of the week was fitting and indicative of what it takes to complete this race. Every rider who crossed the line at the Grand Finale after 603km and nearly 16 050m of climbing has a very special place in The Book of Legend.

After a week of tactical racing, the undisputed powerhouses of 2024 however, was the team of Matthew Beers and Howard Grotts (Toyota-Specialized-NinetyOne) winning two stages to lay claim to the Yellow Leader Jerseys and adding to the Specialized legacy and trophy cabinet.

Simon Schneller and Urs Huber (BULLS Mavericks) won Stage 7 - the Grand Finale - of the Absa Cape Epic men’s race, but it was Matt Beers and Howard Grotts of Toyota-Specialized-NinetyOne who claimed the overall title at the 2024 event. 

In the Aramex Women’s Category, Anne Terpstra and Nicole Koller (GHOST Factory Racing) won an eighth stage in a row on their way to the 2024 Absa Cape Epic title. By winning every stage of the 2024 race (the Prologue and seven stages), the Dutch-Swiss combo matched the performance of Laura Stigger and Sina Frei, who also won eight stages on their way to the 2021 title. 

With some tired bodies and minds amongst the elite riders - leader Matt Beers admitting to lack of sleep and stomach issues on the finish line - the early pace on the 67km, Stellenbosch Stage 7 loop was sedate by the past week’s standards.

Cool Temperatures, Hot Racing

By Absa Cape Epic 03/23/2024, 4:15am HST

A damp, cool morning in Stellenbosch provided a welcome respite from a week of blistering temperatures for riders on the penultimate stage of the Absa Cape Epic. Stage 6 was a testing challenge over 87km with 2400 metres of climbing featuring some of the spectacular singletrack trail network in the Stellenbosch Winelands. The route saw riders pass twice through Muratie Wine Estate in the Knorhoek Valley on the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain. From there it took in some of Dirtopia’s best riding, before heading for Stellenbosch along Morgenhof’s new singletracks. The Idas Valley trails provided a last treat before the final test up the steep Botmaskop climb before they came home to the spectacular race village in the natural amphitheatre that is Coetzenberg. 

Toyota-Specialized-NinetyOne and GHOST Factory racing once again dominated their categories, winning the stage and extending their leads in the overall general classification at the same time, while there were loads of punctures and mechanicals behind them. The attrition continued further back in the field proving just why this race is not over until you roll over the line at the Grand Finale.

Penultimate Stage Proves Pivotal At 2024 Absa Cape Epic

By Absa Cape Epic 03/23/2024, 3:30am HST

It appears that only major disasters can prevent Toyota-Specialized-NinetyOne (Matt Beers and Howard Grotts) and GHOST Factory Racing (Anne Terpstra and Nicole Koller) from winning the Men’s and Aramex Women’s Category respectively at the 2024 Absa Cape Epic.

On the 87km Stage 6 in Stellenbosch, the event’s penultimate day of racing, Toyota-Specialized-NinetyOne and GHOST Factory racing once again dominated their categories, winning the stage and extending their leads in the overall general classification at the same time.

Beers and Grotts go into Sunday’s Stage 7, known as the Grand Finale, nine minutes clear of second-placed World Bicycle Relief (Nino Schurter and Sebastian Fini) in the general classification, while in the Aramex Women’s Category, Terpstra and Koller hold a lead of just under four minutes over Cannondale Factory Racing (Candice Lill and Mona Mitterwallner) with the final day of racing to come.

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A biker showing some some children videos off of his phone [Swiss Epic]

Riding for Good at the 2021 Swiss Epic

By Epic Series 07/14/2021, 4:30am HST

Thanks to the Epic Series’ partnership with GivenGain it is now easier than ever to ride for a good cause at the Swiss Epic. Riders can choose to support one of the official charities – Pump for Peace and the Anna Foundation – or use the race to raise funds for the charity of their choice.

Two bikers in dense woods [Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees]

Legends Report Back on the Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees

By Epic Series 07/05/2021, 4:30am HST

Belgians, Sébastien Carabin and Jurgen de Witte are the only Epic Legends who took part in the inaugural Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees.

Two bikers in dense greenery [Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees]

Team BULLS and RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Team Wrap Up Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees Titles

By Epic Series 07/03/2021, 4:45am HST

The final stage of the inaugural Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees saw Team BULLS and RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Team wrap up the 2021 titles.

Two bikers on the Andorrra MTB Classic [Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees]

JBG2 CryoSpace and RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Team Crowned Queen Stage Champions

By Epic Series 07/02/2021, 5:30am HST

JBG2 CryoSpace climbed to the top step of the podium on Stage 2 of the Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees and, in so doing, jumped to second overall, behind Team BULLS. In the women’s race, RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Team continued their charge to race victory, with their third successive stage win.

A shot of two bikers with an Andorran background [Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees]

Amazing Andorra

By Epic Series 07/01/2021, 8:15am HST

Nestled high in the Pyrenees, the principality of Andorra is a haven for cyclists, both on- and off-road. As participants in the inaugural Andorra Multisport Festival and the Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees have discovered, there is far more to do in the mountain kingdom, too.

BULLS and RDR holding flowers [Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees]

BULLS and RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Double Up in Andorra

By Epic Series 07/01/2021, 5:30am HST

Stage 1 of the 2021 Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees was won by Team BULLS and RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Team

Close up on the Bulls [Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees]

Race Report: Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees Prologue

By Epic Series 06/29/2021, 8:15am HST

Team BULLS and the RDR Italy Leynicese Racing Team got their Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees campaigns off to winning starts

The Pyrenees race with a beautiful lake in the background [Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees]

Contenders Excited by Andorran Racing Challenges

By Epic Series 06/28/2021, 8:30am HST

The contenders for the inaugural Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees’ Elite men’s title are looking forward to the racing conditions in the mountain Principality

Two bikers heading across a bridge [Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees]

BUFF SCOTT head for the Pyrenees

By Epic Series 06/25/2021, 7:00am HST

BUFF SCOTT mountain biking team are among the favourites for the inaugural Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees.

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