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2015 ABSA Cape Epic: Stage 4 Report.

South Africans Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes notched up the first South African win in the 2015 Absa Cape Epic after an audacious early break on Wednesday's rugged 111km Stage 4. The looped route – starting and finishing in Worcester – included some back-breaking climbs and rocky surfaces, giving rise to many tyre problems throughout the field. The sun also made conditions difficult for some of the backmarkers.  

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Mar 21, 2015

The women's race of the 92km Stage 2 of the Absa Cape Epic came to a dramatic conclusion late in the day at the Oak Valley Wine Estate race village. Although finishing the day in a blistering time of 4:37.31.1, Team RECM Specialized's Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad had to wait until the very end of the day to hear their race fate, this after they took an unintentional detour close to the finish line and in doing so cut almost 5km off their race distance.

As the popularity of enduro racing continues to grow, so too does the North American Enduro Tour, with new stops in California, Colorado and a new race date for Whistler. The 2015 tour has added the Northstar Enduro, a race held in Northstar California Resort in the California Enduro Series, and the Enduro X at Steamboat, a race held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado from the Enduro X Series.  

In 2009 the Absa Cape Epic Prologue was staged across the face of Table Mountain, in the Table Mountain National Park, but in the days before the event a fire swept across the slopes and much of the course. After a few nervous days the organisers were, however, able to stage what became known as the "Dash through the Ash" as they had planned.  

The invites are out for the first Slopestyle event of the Crankworx World Tour, launching the quest to secure the Triple Crown of Slopestyle in its inaugural year. The coveted Triple Crown has been created to recognize the perfect trifecta of athletic performance, a win at every round of the Crankworx Slopestyle Series. Only 20 top athletes, and three alternates, will have the opportunity to compete for the new title.  

Danny MacAskill's wild ride on the Isle of Skye went viral on YouTube and has rewarded him with a second nomination for the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award. In just two weeks after the release of the Scotsman's latest video clip "The Ridge", it quickly reached over 20 million views and now sits at over 30 million views. In an interview Danny MacAskill admits: "I never had any expectations of those kind of figures."  

It all began when Tomas Lemoine, in his zebra pants, stood on the podium at Swatch Prime Line Munich. His podium result at the FMB World Tour Gold Event opened doors to the season's big FMB Diamond Events. He later finished sixth at the Bearclaw Invitational (CAN) and Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler (CAN). Back in Europe, as the youngest rider in the field, he travelled to Nuremberg for Red Bull District Ride. His performance was just shy of a top ten result amongst the world's best...

Another cycling superstar has joined the Northwave family: Cedric Gracia is not only an extraordinary athlete in offroad's disciplines on the World stage, in Downhill and now in Enduro, but also represents an exceptional icon thanks to the unconventional style that made him so popular among thousands and thousands of fans all over the World.  

What's better than having three of the most exciting slopestyle talents in the business riding together? Having four of them is what. More is always better and the Canyon Factory Freeride Team (CFFT) is excited to welcome new rider Tomas Lemoine into the ranks for 2015.

As of Feb 8th, 2015 Uncle Dick's will be selling consumer direct at wholesale pricing. This means a 3 ounce tin of Uncle Dick's Bead Slip sells for $10.50 plus shipping to you the buyer instead of the lofty $20.99. Brush bags, as UD likes to call them will also sell at the discounted pricing. "In our first year, distributors were the focus and we only picked up a handful of distributors in the US Market. With marginal sales growth and a host of end-users turned off by the high over the counter...

Ariane Kleinhans is under no illusions about the challenge that will confront her and partner Annika Langvad when they defend their Absa Cape Epic title next month: "We will definitely face the toughest competition ever at this year's Cape Epic," she said. The Swiss/Danish duo won in compelling fashion from Esther Süss of Switzerland and Briton Sally Bigham in 2014. This year Bigham will ride with Slovenian Blaza Klemencic and Süss with Belgian Alice Pirard.  

Israel is a country which completely tore up any preconceptions I had about it before I visited. It showed me that the people there have a real love and feel for mountain biking. From the north of the country to the south, we found vibrant local bike shops stocked full of the latest kit. The government had recently closed a lot of mountain trails, making them mountain bike only with the country's best riders behind the project from the outset.It's an incredibly historic place and Jerusalem is...

Registration for the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized opens 9 a.m. PST Wednesday, February 4 for those ready to crest the "Top of the World" in Whistler. Riders signing on for 2015 will need all the energy of the Crankworx crowds to take on Whistler's rooty forest single-track and scree-marred alpine; however, the organizers are prepared to concede it will not be the "Crankzilla" of 2014, as athletes notoriously dubbed this race.  

Western Spirit Cycling is bringing Outerbike to Whistler British Columbia June 4-7, 2015. Outerbike is a consumer bike demo event and everyone is invited to come ride the new bikes on Whistler's famous trails. Western Spirit has partnered with Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Bike Guide, Whistler Trail Solutions, Bear Back Biking, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler and the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association.  

She might be the world's most-decorated women's mountain biker, but Norway's Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is playing down her chances of a win in her debut Absa Cape Epic. "'Survive and enjoy' is the motto for Kathrin (Stirnemann, her partner in Team World Bicycle Relief) and I," said Dahle Flesjå. "We are approaching it as a great adventure... and, of course, as experience for next year's participation in the Absa Cape Epic." Switzerland's Stirnemann, the cross country eliminator World Champion,...

The Belgian athletes are two of the favourites of the Elite and U23 races with Extreme Tech MTB Plus shoes 2014/2015 cyclocross season draws to a close, and Northwave's athletes are prepare to face World Championships' weekend that to be held in Tabor (Czech Republic), Saturday January 31st (Juniores and Women Elite races) and Sunday February 1st (Men Elite and U23 races).

His two victories at the Red Bull Rampage, his natural 'freeride' spirit and overall involvement in our sport seduced us. We are very proud to have him with us and we look forward to him lining up with our bikes at forthcoming events.  

Niner Bikes is excited to announce the addition of Rebecca Rusch to our family. Rebecca needs no introduction to most of the cycling universe with national and world titles in whitewater rafting, adventure racing, orienteering, and cross-country skiing. Where those titles subside Rusch's cycling career keeps on rolling strong. National wins and record setting victories at ultra-endurance events like Leadville Trail 100 or the Dirty Kanza continue to bolster Rebecca's palmares.