Usually stories of camaraderie are shared between two team members but on this day it took an unselfish act to prove that teamwork extends beyond in the Absa Cape Epic 2018.
The Absa Cape Epic is an annual mountain bike stage race held in the Western Cape, South Africa. It has been accredited as hors categorie (beyond categorisation) by the Union Cycliste Internationale. First staged in 2004, the race typically covers more than 700 kilometres, and lasts eight days – a prologue and seven stages.
The Absa Cape Epic attracts elite professional mountain bikers from around the world, who compete in teams of two.
“To qualify for a finish, teams have to stay together for the duration of the race. A total of 600 teams take part. The times taken to finish each stage are aggregated to determine the overall winning team in each category at the end of the race.
The Absa Cape Epic was described by Bart Brentjens, 1996 Olympic gold medallist in mountain biking and a former Absa Cape Epic winner, as the “Tour de France of mountain biking”.”
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 accepted 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. Progress was agonisingly slow.
But then a remarkable thing happened.
As the two struggled along the dusty jeep tracks Robert Izzett and Pierre Griffioen, of Team MegaPointe, decided to help the pair in a most unusual way.
“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. And then, to ensure that Henry’s bike also got to the finish, Lyle skilfully pushed Henry’s bike while riding his own in a classic “Conquer As One” moment.”
Usually stories of camaraderie are shared between two team members but on this day it took an unselfish act to prove that teamwork extends beyond.
Watch the heartwarming video below: