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Riders Support CANSA in Absa Cape Epic 2018

The 15th edition of the Absa Cape Epic will taking place from 18 to 25 March 2018 and will be as challenging as ever. Local and international mountain bikers will tackle the demanding eight-day adventure through the Western Cape region in South Africa.

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. See 2018 route…

The Absa Cape Epic must be completed by both members of a two-person team with only 650 teams allowed to ride the race.

See below the riders that will tackle the Untamed challenge in support of CANSA:

Team 1: Johann Klindt + Etienne van Rensburg (CANSA Active) – donate towards online fundraiser – Cape Epic cyclists face treacherous terrains – probably the hardest thing they can attempt. Cancer patients’ journeys make these mountains seem small. We firmly believe that spreading the message of lowering cancer risk through exercise and a balanced lifestyle can contribute to reducing the cancer burden in SA. CANSA’s health campaigns are supported by funds raised in this epic challenge, and we hope you will support us.

Johann Klindt

Team 2: Nicky Webb + Cecil Munch (ILoveBoobies) – donate towards online fundraiser – ILoveBoobies is a non-profit organisation and registered PBO, raising funds and awareness for breast cancer screenings for rural South Africans. With the funds we raise, we aspire to send Mobile Health Screening Clinics to remote towns and villages in SA, aiming to increase early detection to prevent breast cancer. Our goal for 2018 is to raise R500 000 to donate to CANSA for Mobile Health Screening Clinics. After we have completed the Absa Cape Epic 2018, the ILoveBoobies 4 CANSA Active Road Show will visit Ashton, Robertson, Worcester & Wellington. This is the 3rd year that we have partnered with CANSA Active, the Absa Cape Epic’s media programme is second to none, the event is broadcast live all over the world.

Cecil Munch and Nicky Webb

Team 3: Craig Kolesky + Ashley Haigh-Smith – donate towards online fundraiser – We have recently had close friends fight cancer and win the battle. Kolesky says. “It wasn’t fun watching them go though what they had to deal with so we thought it would be fitting to ride this year with the CANSA crew and to raise funds and awareness for CANSA to help fight this disease.”

Craig Kolesky & Ashley Haigh-Smith

“Two members of our family have battled the disease and through that have experienced first hand the far-reaching effects it can have. At their CANSA Care Centres countrywide they CANSA provides holistic care, emotional and practical support to patients and families, from diagnosis, through all phases of need and we would like to do as much to help that as possible.”

Team 4: Johan van Rooyen + Adam Schoeman

Team 5: Andre Lombard + Theo Lombard

Theo & Andre Lombard father and son team

Team 6: Pieter Du Preez + Ian Conradie – donate towards online fundraiser

Team 7: Ryan Lewis + Mike O’Donovan

Ryan Lewis & Mike O’Donovan

Special thanks also to Christo Bestbier, who unfortunately had to withdraw from the event, for his support and fundraising efforts on behalf of CANSA, and to Stellenbosch Toyota, for their sponsorship of a support vehicle.

Christo Bestbier and team mate

Stellenbosch Toyota sponsored the support vehicle