Riding for a cause!
17 – 24 March 2019
The Absa Cape Epic must be completed by both members of a two-person team with only 650 teams allowed to ride the race. The route changes every year, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through roughly 700 untamed kilometres of unspoilt scenery and 15 000m of accumulated climbing.
In 2009 my mom was diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure. This was a massive shock to the family obviously and she immediately started dialysis. Her dialysis schedule was hectic with three 4 hour sessions a week at the Milpark renal unit. 4 years later my mom had the kidney transplant.
Thanks to The Kidney Trust and great team of doctors my mom now lives a normal life and will watch her granddaughters grow into beautiful young ladies one day.
To call myself a passionate cyclist would be an understatement, I am in absolute love with all things bicycles. Having completed five consecutive Absa Cape Epics I decided to take some time off and focus on my young family, new work career and finally have a December holiday with no bicycles on the back of the car. The time away from the event has made me realise that there is still a burning desire to get into the race. So in doing so would like to take on the toughest mountain bike in the world and raise awareness for cause that is close to my heart.
Clayton and I met when we were 13 years old while on holiday. Little did we know that, that brief encounter on a train would spark the start to a lifelong friendship!
Growing up, Clay and I were avid motorcross riders, until we fell in love with the special sport of mountain biking. We hung up our boots for cleats, and swopped our motors for our two legs, and we’ve never looked back!
Clayton’s mother Aunty Rita has often joked that she’s on borrowed time, with a borrowed kidney.
The news of her successful kidney transplant, after years of her gruelling dialysis, is a memory we won’t easily forget. Roughly 13 years ago my wife was diagnosed with RA, an auto-immune disease that’s also made it difficult for her to partake in any extreme sports, and we’ve been fighting it together ever since.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to have children of our own yet, however, we want to make a difference to the thousands of children already out there needing help.
After doing various stage races namely Sani2C, Berg & Bush,I decided to do the Absa Cape Epic in 2016. I couldn’t have wished for a better partner than Clayton!!
When we successfully completed the toughest mountain bike race in the world, we both felt that we wanted to make the next one really count for something.
This is a cause that is close to all of our hearts, and God-willing, an opportunity to really help children who are desperately ill, children who also want and deserve a fighting chance at life, so they are too able to live to see their dreams come true!
Doing our next Epic for this amazing charity will make the tough days on the bike that much more rewarding!!!!