Kevin Evans, one of South Africa’s most successful cyclists, has announced that he will be hanging up his racing wheels in September 2015. The 2015 Karoo2Coast marathon, which finishes in Knysna, close to Evans’ Plettenberg Bay home, will be the race that concludes an illustrious 12-year professional career.
Evans became a professional cyclist later than most, joining the paid ranks at the age of 24, when mountain biking started to grow into a more mainstream bicycle racing discipline in South Africa. While he’s primarily been a mountain bike racer, Evans has also excelled on the road. In 2008 he finished fifth at the Tour of Egypt, ninth at the Tour of Ireland and 19th at the Tour of Britain.
His final national team representation at a marathon World Championships was last year, when South Africa hosted the prestigious global event in Pietermaritzburg. His highest XCM World Champs finish was eighth in 2009.
On Sunday, Evans will begin wrapping up his full-time racing career. He will compete for the Biogen-Volcan team at the Sappi Karkloof Classic, the first significant marathon title that he first won back in 2003. He will then team up with Biogen-Volcan stablemate, Max Knox, in an attempt to defend their title at next week’s popular Nedbank Sani2c three-day stage race.
“This sport has given me so much and I’ve been blessed to have been able make a living out of it and support my family through cycling over the years. My daughter, Ruby, who turns seven this year, has only ever grown up knowing her father as a bike rider, and I am looking forward to being by her side from now on to pay her back for all the time I’ve spent on the road travelling, racing and training. Likewise my wife Kari, who has supported me from before I even became a professional cyclist,” said Evans.
“I’ve had great sponsors and ridden for fantastic teams over the years. Most importantly, I’ve built up personal relationships with all of them. There are so many and I can never thank them enough for everything they have done, to help me try achieve my personal goals that I set out for myself.