The 2014 Absa Cape Epic was one of the most exciting races in years, with four different teams wearing the yellow zebra-striped leaders’ jersey on the first four days and plenty of drama across all the racing categories. Germany’s Karl Platt and Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser had both won the Epic four times and there was a significant focus on whether one of them would bag number five. in the event, Topeak-Ergon’s Robert Mennen and Kristian Hynek held on for the final four stages in spite of suffering some bad luck themselves. They are both first time winners (with Hynek entered for the first time) and with no backup team.
In the women’s race, Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad won the race after overcoming a troubled opening stage losing over 20 minutes to Briton Sally Bigham and her Swiss partner Esther Suss.
Team Burry Stander-Songo, Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavy, won the 2013 Absa Cape Epic by 7:10. With this fourth win, Christoph Sauser tied Karl Platt for the most Absa Cape Epic victories. In second place in an overall time of 29:47.55,3 were Team Bulls’ Karl Platt and new partner Urs Huber, followed by teammates Thomas Dietsch and Tim Boehme with a time of 30:07.35,9.
The 36ONE-Songo-Specialized team of Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser walked away with top honours as overall winners of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic, following their victory of 2011. With a 25 minute and 57 second lead time at the start of the final stage, Stander and Sauser finished in an overall time of 31:46.50,5. In second place in an overall time of 32:14.12,6 were the South African duo of Kevin Evans and David George (360Life), with the German-Swiss team of Hannes Genze and Andreas Kugler of Multivan Merida Biking in third place overall in 32:17.57,5. The Bulls 2 team of Thomas Dietsch and Tim Boehme finished fourth overall (32:18.48,2) with Alban Lakata and Robert Mennen (Topeak Ergo Racing) in fifth (32:19.22,7). The Bulls 1 team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm, who won the Absa Cape Epic in 2007, 2009 and 2010, finished in
sixth place overall (33:03.00,2).
Burry Stander made history on 3 April 2011, as the first South African ever to win the Absa Cape Epic in its 8th edition. Stander and his Swiss teammate, former world champion and Olympic medallist Christoph Sauser won 5 of the 7 days. Stander and Sauser finished in an overall time of 28:44.44,0. In second place in an overall time of 28:51.52,8 were the German team of Hannes Genze and Jochen Käss (Multivan Merida Biking), with the Bulls, Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm, in third place overall in 29:05.53,7. The Bulls Team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm won the Absa Cape Epic in 2007, 2009 and 2010, and Karl Platt won in the inaugural year (2004) with Mannie Heymans from Namibia. He is the most successful participant in the history of the race having won four times with eleven stage wins.