Nino Schurter and Lars Forster of SCOTT SRAM during stage 1 of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Hermanus High School in Hermanus, South Africa on the 18th March 2019. Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic
Their quest to secure Schurter’s third title, in The Race That Measures All, sees the eight-time Cross Country World Champion and his former European XCO Champion partner supported by Andri Frischknecht and Matthias Stirnemann, who will be racing as SCOTT-Möbel Märki. Stirnemann was Schurter’s partner for the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Absa Cape Epic. As a pair, they won the former while Stirnemann’s illness-enforced withdrawal scuppered SCOTT-SRAM MTB-Racing’s dreams of defending the title in 2018.
Thomas Frischknecht and Urs Gerig have their sights set on the Grand Masters Category as Team SCOTT-SRAM Old Dudes. Photo by Sam Clark.
Matthias Stirnemann of Scott SRAM MTB Racing during stage 3 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Elandskloof in Greyton, South Africa on the 22nd March 2017. Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS
After the team’s fierce battle with Cannondale Factory Racing in 2019, Schurter was keen to downplay any talk of a repeat of that rivalry in 2020. “Each race is different and the biggest competitors do not necessarily need to be the same ones” he identified. “We will see how the race unfolds and which team we have to watch the most.”