PYGA Euro Steel will use their years of experience in their pursuit of the Absa African Mens jerseys. Photo by Sportograf
Phillimon Sebona will once again partner with Pieter du Toit as PYGA Euro Steel2 at the 2020 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Sportograf
Matthew Beers & Alan Hatherly of team SpecializedFoundationNAD in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve during the final stage (stage 7) of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from the University of Stellenbosch Sports Fields in Stellenbosch to Val de Vie Estate in Paarl, South Africa on the 24th March 2019. Photo by Dwayne Senior/Cape Epic
In Bell, Beers has an exceptionally experienced partner. What the NAD Pro MTB team principle lacks in explosive power he makes up for in diesel-engine-like consistency. The fact that an Absa African Men’s jersey remains missing from Bell’s palmarès is perhaps one of the most surprising facts of South African mountain biking. He will therefore be eager to rectify that, in the year he turns 37, as it could be one of his final truly competitive assaults on the Absa Cape Epic.
Gert Heyns and Andri Frischknecht of DSV-SCOTT-SRAM during stage 4 of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Oak Valley Estate in Elgin, South Africa on the 21st March 2019. Photo by Shaun Roy/Cape Epic
Similarly, Heyns and Arno du Toit of DSV Pro Cycling are well-matched and could upset the more favoured teams. The highly technical route of the 2020 Absa Cape Epic will also play into the hands of the exceptionally skilful Heyns and Du Toit, and having raced the Eselfontein Festival, in October, they are familiar with the trails which will make up Stage 1 of this year’s race.