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ABSA Cape Epic: BMC Mountainbike Racing Team stays in the Top 10 after stage 1

28. March 2011

Tulbagh, South Africa

A 150-kilometer transfer after the prologue yesterday afternoon took participants and staff of the 2011 ABSA cape epic to the beautiful town of Tulbagh, approximately 100 kilometers North of Cape Town. The second race day was set to become a difficult one:

2,050 meters of elevation change over 89 kilometers of distance served as an appetizer for riders of what was lying ahead for the remaining seven days of racing on South African ground. Stage one's course was studded with rocks as big as volleyballs. Sections on sand, gravelled trails, and a descent at the 60-kilometer mark that reminded of the most technical downhill courses in the world cup scene - all of that within four hours of marathon racing! Race organizers warned riders of the heat but it wasn't the 35 degrees centigrade that put on the most strain on the riders, it was the course profile that took all out of them.

After 4:06:15 hours of racing, BMC Mountainbike Racing Teammates Balz Weber and Alex Moos finished the day in 11th place, 13 minutes behind stage winners Christoph Sauser (SUI) and Burry Stander (RSA) of the 36one-Songo-Specialized team. In the overall classification, Weber and Moos retain their 9th place from the opening prologue, while the Sauser-Stander duo is dominating the race with two wins in two days.

The second stage tomorrow will stretch across 104 kilometers and 2,300 meters of elevation change, hosted in the region of Talbagh again. A 6-kilometer, 1,000-meter climb 12 kilometers into the race will give the riders a good warm-up. Talk to you tomorrow!