Competition turns to camaraderie in Absa Cape Epic Cycle Race 2018

Competition turns to camaraderie in Absa Cape Epic Cycle Race 2018

- The Absa Cape Epic is an annual mountain bike stage race held in the Western Cape, South Africa

- In order to qualify, teams have to stay together, but this was made hard for Henry Angrove and his teammate when his rear tyre collapsed and damaged the rim

- Another team passed them, and stopped to help, with Robert lifting Henry on his bike to get the pair to the finish line

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When the tyre sidewall on Henry Angrove’s bike collapsed on Tuesday, with 12km to go on the 106km second stage of the 2018 ABSA Cape Epic, he realised it would be a long walk to the finish line.

Angrove, who with Lyle Nesbit makes up the Taylor Blinds team, was unable to ride his bike and for the next 6km he pushed it while he walked.

At about the 5km mark, Robert Izzett and Pierre Griffioen, of Team MegaPointe, caught up to the pair, and decided to help them.

First up Robert loaded Henry up behind him on his saddle and the two rode two-up down the road with Henry’s legs dangling out the side.

As Henry’s bike would also need to get to the finish, Lyle skillfully pushed Henry’s bike while riding his own, gathered.

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The Absa Cape Epic attracts elite professional mountain bikers from around the world, who compete in teams of two to ride more than 700 kilometres over eight days.

To qualify for a finish, teams have to stay together for the duration of the race. A total of 600 teams take part.

Team members are known for helping each other, but in the true spirit of healthy competition Robert and Henry proved that it's not about winning, but rather about how you ride the race.

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