Team Robe MegaPointe in the Cape Epic
Friday, 13 April 2018
bike-racePierre Griffioen and Robert Izzett of Team MegaPointe (photo: Sportograf)
South Africa - For the second consecutive year, Robe Lighting and DWR Distribution sponsored a team in The Absa Cape Epic, an extreme mountain bike race hosted from 18 to 25 March 2018. Congratulations to South Africans Pierre Griffioen and Robert Izzett of Team MegaPointe.
“Robe is keen to support local, regional and global sporting activities, with mountain biking among our favourites, so we really appreciate this great opportunity in South Africa,” says Josef Valchar, CEO at Robe. “We admire and appreciate the intense efforts, thorough preparation and sheer tenacity and stamina of riders involved in all categories of this invigorating sport. Particularly in meeting the challenges of the Cape Epic the toughest mountain bike competition in the world.”
Covering 658km, to say this eight-day challenge is tough is an underestimate. This year a stomach bug hit many of the riders in the competition and caused them to pull out. “It was an Epic full of emotions, laughter, joking, pranks, pain and the famous stomach bug visited me on Stage 1,” says Griffioen. “My partner Robert helped me through that stage, as well as on another stage, giving a guy a lift towards the end of a day despite having more than 100km in his own legs. That effort awarded us the "Conqueror as One" jersey for the day! Well done Robsta.”
In the Overall Mens’ Result, Team MegaPointe finished in 155th place. In total, they spent 39 hours, 28 minutes and 43 seconds in the saddle.
“The boy really achieved a fantastic result overall,” says Pavel Němec, Robe global marketing manager. Duncan Riley from DWR agrees, “What a race! I was really proud of Pierre and Robert. We tried to follow them every step of the way and they never gave up. Well done and thank you that we could be part of this.”
“We are very proud to have sponsored Pierre and Robert as Team MegaPointe and BIG congratulations to them for the achievement,” ends Valchar. “We are also looking forward to May, when we sponsor the Mountain Bike World Cup race in Nove Město na Morave in the Czech Republic, and we will be meeting most of the professional riders throughout that weekend.”
(Jim Evans)

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