Mitas has extended its partnership with the world's most prestigious mountain bike stage race, the South African ABSA Cape Epic. In March, Mitas will once again take the role of offi cial tire supplier, meaning that riders will have leading tubeless Mitas tires with their proven TEXTRA sidewall protection technology available at each water point and at the race village. The partnership with the Cape Epic has been extended to 2021. The great white hope for Mitas in this year’s Cape Epic will be its main supported team – KROSS Racing Team – which will enter the 2019 season in a new confi guration with Ariane Lüthi, Maja Włoszczowska, Ondřej Cink and Sergio Mantecon. All the riders will race on Mitas tires this year. Ondřej Fojtík and his Portuguese co-rider José António Carvalho da Silva will be seeking to defend last year’s victory in the Masters category.