The penultimate day of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic was this year’s “Queen Stage”. You can make of this name what you want, but I believe it refers to it being the “Mother of all stages”, the tough one or the one with all the thrills. For at least one of our mums today, it was just this for all the wrong reasons.
Mum supporting at the Epic: I’m not sure if she realised it but, Brenda de Groot, had a ton of support from the collective mums at the end of todays stage 6. Brenda is mum to Robyn de Groot (Team 51-2), current South African champion. Sabine Spitz, Robyn’s German teammate, broke her handlebar in a crash, and could only get it replaced at Waterpoint 3. Our pic is from the end of Stage 5, where Brenda is happily dishing out a warm embrace to Robyn. It was a successful stage with Robyn and Sabine winning the stage in a sprint finish. Brenda waited patiently at the finish line for her daughter to arrive today, and there was no shortage of hugs for her drained “baby” at the end. Brenda was composed as she compared the Epic to a rollercoaster ride. “Lots of highs and lows and so unpredictable”. They are all now focusing forward on Brenda’s son’s wedding, where Robyn is excited to be a bridesmaid.
Mum working at the Epic: Probably one of the toughest jobs at event of this magnitude in being Head Doctor at the Medi-Clinic tent. Jan Killops seems to tackle it with a smile. Jan is mum to two teenagers. She believes being involved in this event defines you and challenges you, whether you are working on it or riding it. Jan’s hours are from around 4am to 11pm, and is thrilled that what she and her team do, makes a difference. Her highlight at this Epic, her seventh, is the team she is working with. She is inspired by them and says that it is a privilege to work with such calm and dedicated people. Another highlight was treating two patients, earlier in the week, that were really not well. Jan and her team were able to “return them to showroom condition” and send them home to their families. Great job to Jan and the MediClinic race village team.
Mum riding the epic: Our mum for Stage 6 is the incredible Jeannie Dreyer (Team 438-1). So laid back, yet so super strong. I swear she is the modern day “action woman”. Mum to Ruby (4) and Callum (7), Jeannie is not afraid to suffer. She even seems to enjoy it. Her teammate, Sam Sanders says that Jeannie is too hard on herself. As with most mums that do these events, she credits her support team back home, her parents, for stepping in and looking after her children. As much as she is a keen rider, she is a super focused mum and says that she gives all of herself to her children and is incredibly proud of the little people they are becoming.
MUMS AT THE EPIC – STAGE 6
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