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Tracy Moseley, current downhill mountain bike world champion, will partner three-time Absa Cape Epic finisher Anka Martin in this year’s Cape Epic cycle race.

The race kicks off in Tokai Forest, Cape Town on 27 March and finishes at Lourensford Wine Estate on 3 April. Riders will be pushed to their physical and mental limits as they tackle the 707-kilometre course which includes 14 550m of climbing.

ÔÇ£I’ve heard of the Absa Cape Epic for many years and about two years ago spoke to Anka about the race at an event,” said the UK rider. “As she completed the Epic a couple of times, she told me that I should also do it as I’m the kind of person that would love the challenge. Up until now I’ve never felt as though I could really dedicate myself to the training. The event is right before the start of my downhill race season and the training is far from similar.

“However, I finally achieved my goal in downhill mountain biking of becoming world champion last September. At that moment I said to Anka, ‘Let’s do it! I don’t mind if the early part of my downhill season suffers as I’ve achieved my goal.’ So here we are!ÔÇØ she says.

Moseley believes they make a great team. ÔÇ£I think Anka and I share the same passion for cycling. It has entirely shaped our lives. We also both enjoy the downhill aspect of a trail much more than the uphill and love a good challenge and adventure, so I think it will be a great journey for both of us.ÔÇØ

Geographical challenges of living far from one another make it impossible for Moseley and American Martin to train together. ÔÇ£We’ll be spending a week together this month taking part in another adventure in the Cape Verde Islands. That should be a great time to hang out and get used to spending hours in the saddle next to each other.ÔÇØ

After she completed her downhill season, Moseley took a bit of a break and went on holiday in America for most of October. ÔÇ£It still involved lots of riding, but there was no structure ÔÇô I was just riding for fun with my boyfriend. After a crazy busy few weeks at home, I started to get into a decent pattern of training. For me, I’ve always ridden and trained for downhill ÔÇô the main difference for the Cape Epic has been introducing longer and longer rides and being able to do hard sessions on back to back days. I’ve also recently spent a week in Majorca with my road bike staying with the Great Britain team to get in some solid time on the bike ÔÇô so it’s all been new and fun so far. Diet wise, I’m just eating healthy food and if possible, I’m trying to lose a couple of kilos before the Epic to make life a little easier.ÔÇØ

Moseley believes that the most important ingredient to complete the Absa Cape Epic successfully is all in decent preparation. ÔÇ£I also believe you need to listen to your body during the event. Eating and drinking is going to be the biggest challenge to get right. I also think that having a team mate that has the same outlook and can keep it fun when the going gets tough will make for an easier race.ÔÇØ

As an active person who loves being outdoors, Moseley spends most of her free time riding bikes in some way. Her other plans for 2011 include completing the Absa Cape Epic without ruining the rest of her downhill racing year, she wants to win the World Cup Downhill Series and have a fun year enjoying wearing the Rainbow jersey that took her so long to win.

From 27 March to 3 April, all eyes will be on the Western Cape as the world’s top riders vie for position in what is billed to be the most competitive event in the race’s history.


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