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SCOTT Media News, Mar 25, 2019

2019 Cape Epic Champions


SCOTT-SRAM’s Nino Schurter and Lars Forster dominated the 2019 Cape Epic,

the World’s most prestigeous MTB stage race. 


Val de Vie, South Africa. After 8 days of brutal stage racing, SCOTT-SRAM’s Lars Forster and Nino Schurter have wonthe overall of the legendary Cape Epic. On the last stage from South Africa’s trail mekka Stellenbosch to Val de Vie, theEuropean Champion and the World Champion managed to get through the remaining 70km and 1800m of vertical ascentwithout any problems. Coming in in 14th today, Forster and Schurter simply kept an eye on securing the overall, stayingclose to their main rivals, team Cannondale with Marathon World Champion Henrique Avancini and Manuel Fumic. Withmore than 7min ahead of Avancini and Fumic in the GC, SCOTT-SRAM’s winner team finally proofed to be the dominantteam over the past eight days, 630km and 16650 m of climbing.

“This year’s Cape Epic once again prooved to be the most brutal race in the World. I’m super proud of my entire teamincluding all staff members and the support crew- without their efforts night and day during that week, it would havenot been possible for us to perform at our best and to finally win it”, Nino Schurter said in the finish area at the Val deVie estate.”


Val de Vie, March 24th 2019- Lars Forster and Nino Schurter win the Cape Epic. Photography: Shaun Roy/Cape Epic, Gustav Klotz
Team manager Thomas Frischknecht: “This week was anything else than just only a walk into the park. I’m super stoked onhow well the two Champions Lars Forster and Nino Schurter did this past week, bringing the overall home and finally win theCape Epic. I’m extremely proud of the entire team. We struggled at the beginning of the race but thanks to a great effort ofthe entire crew we got over it, turned things upside down and could finally win the overall. We had moments where it didn’tlook so good anymore for us. Only thanks to the relentless efforts of all people involved, a great team victory like winning theCape Epic, is possible.”
  First MTB stage race, first Champion title for Lars Forster. Nino Schurter already won the Epic in 2017
Nino Schurter: “Everything went according to plantoday at the last stage. We initially wanted to fight for the stage win, but Lars today had to pay for his huge efforts during the week and suffered so we stayed with our back-up team and the Cannondale team in order to secure just the overall win. It was a great week, our entire team worked perfectly together throughout the week.”

 "I'm exhausted but happy. Winning my second Cape Epic Champion title is super special to me. I'm very grateful for the help of our entire crew, it's been an amazing week here in South Africa."



Nino Schurter: “I’m exhausted but really happy that I could secure my second Cape Epic title. Lars Forster was super strong this week, without him it would not have been realistic to go for the overall win. His strong efforts were crucial especially in the middle of the week when things looked not so good for us. We turned things around together with the help of our back-up team, Andri Frischknecht and Gert Heyns. Their great performance can’t be rated high enough, too.”

Lars Forster: “Today was again another tough day. I suffered and had to fight hard as I was really at my limit. I started strong at the first stages however I lost my energy towards the end. We had a fantastic week though, and we pinned it. The best moments I experienced were at the start at the prologue along with all its excitements, as well as our attack at stage 2 when we gained a huge gap over our rivals. Despite the mechanicals we faced, the entire week felt like we rode in a flow. I believe we truly earned this victory. It’s been amazing to experience the Cape Epic with all the nice scenery, its spectators, and of course the Western Capes’ trails.”


“Winning the Cape Epic to me is equally important than winning the European Champion title. It’s a tremendous succes for me. I didn’t come here and expected to win it. I never rode a stage race so I didn’t even know what I was going into- which makes this victory an even sweeter one.”  




Uplands MTB Classic 2019



The Uplands MTB Classic offers something for everyone! While some of the races are challenging, the

mountain biking festival is designed to cater for all mountain bikers. From the small ones and weekend

warriors to the racing snakes and professionals.


There are live bands and great entertainment at the main marquee arena and you'll hear festival music

playing through the forests as you tackle those scenic rides. There are even a few 'angles' along the

route to help when the legs are tired, and for those who want to take the chicken run and not brave the

steep drops, they're all part of the planning. It's fun cycling for the whole family!


It takes place at Uplands College, White River, Mpumalanga.



Ladies MTB Skills Clinic Nelspruit

8-9 June 2019


CALLING ALL NELSPRUIT MTB LADIES >>> Join us for a weekend of MTB SKILLS and lets take your

MTB CONFIDENCE to the NEXT LEVEL - RIDE SAFER and have MORE FUN on your bike!



ACCREDITED* by the International Mountain Biking association (IMBA) with the shared vision of

changing lives through Mountain Biking.



   MTB Skills Clinic Day 1 (This will be a groundwork session with obstacles)

    Time: 7:30am to 12:00pm

   Cost: R750pp per day



  • Body Positioning
  • Braking Techniques
  • Climbing & Descending
  • Pressure Control
  • Cornering at high speeds
  • Loading your bike
  • Wheel lifts
  • Drop offs


~ SUNDAY 9 JUNE 2019

   MTB Skills Clinic Day 2 (This will be a skills ride where we practice & session features on the trails)

   Time: 7:30am to 12:00pm

   Cost: R750pp per day



  • Riding Singletracks
  • Rock Gardens
  • Steep Descents & Climbs
  • Flat Corners & Berms
  • Drop offs
  • Switchbacks
  • Bridges
  • Small jumps


NB***Riders have to complete Day 1 before doing Day 2 as all the skills are progressional and built on one another.


WHAT ARE THE COSTS? Cost is R750 per person per day. Once you've paid for both days you are then

welcome to join any of our group sessions (Part 1 & 2) back in Gauteng for free (T&C's Apply)


VALENCIA VBIKE will also be spoiling you with some awesome goodies!


If you would like to book please contact Victoria at info@ridelikeagirl.co.za or 082 893 6704.


We hope to have you join us so we can help you get confident on your bike and excited about your riding!!!