On Sunday March 24, 2019 the world’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race “ABSA Cape Epic” in South Africa finished with traditional Grand Finale in Val De Vie Estate in Paarl. Mitas as the traditional Official Tire Supplier of Cape Epic was present and ready to support riders on all waterpoints throughout the 8 days of racing and in the base villages.
Mitas riders from scored great results including TOP podiums and HotSpots in Men, Women and Master categories. The best results delivered KROSS Spur Racing team. In Women category they Maja Wloszczowska (Poland) and Arianne Lüthi (Switzerland) attacked the TOP positions in in each stage and finished in 3rd place overall. In Men Ondrej Cink (Czech Republic) and Sergio Mantecón (Spain) excelled with several podiums and HotSpot wins. Due to mechanical issues resulting in big time loss in Stage 1 they could not compete for the top positions in general classification but they aimed for the best stage results and their win in the last “Grand Finale” was the pinnacle of their efforts.
Ondrej Fojtik (Czech Republic) with José Silva (Portugal) of Mitas Head New Race team managed to finish in 2nd place in Master category.
Amongst other Mitas riders and celebrities there were for example Australian MTB Champions Brendad Johnston and Cameron Ivory of team Shimano Aus, founder of the Cape Epic race Kevin Vermaak or the southafrican rugby legend and Rugby World Cup winner Marius Hurter.