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South African favourites to take top honours, Kevin Evans and David George, will participate in this year’s Absa Cape Epic as team 360LIFE.

This challenging event, which takes place from 27 March to 3 April, kicks off in Tokai Forest, part of the Table Mountain National park and end eight days and 707 kilometres later at the Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.

George, 35, is reportedly in the best shape he’s ever been in. He has been the National Road and Time Trial Champion five times, is a two-time Commonwealth Games medallist, three times winner of the Giro del Capo, winner of the Tour de Langkawi in 2006 and finished in thirrd place overall in the 2008 Absa Cape Epic with team-mate Evans.

George is ecstatic about the prospect of riding with Evans, 32, again. ÔÇ£I can’t wait to pick up where we left off. This time it will be on our own terms.ÔÇØ For him, the Absa Cape Epic is unique, dynamic and the atmosphere appealed to him right away. ÔÇ£This will be my fifth Absa Cape Epic and there’s something special about man and machine against the elements, as well as the toughness of the event. Special friendships and rivalries are built in the heat of the Karoo. It’s a chance for us to take on the best in the world right here in our own backyard. That never happens!ÔÇØ
According to George, he and Evans make a good team. ÔÇ£Apart from our similar physical attributes, perhaps better matched than most, we have a fantastic time just being boys on bikes out in the bush! We’re equally passionate and invested in winning this race and, being all about partnerships, this is fundamental to our success as a team.ÔÇØ

To the question of their chances of a podium finish, he reckons theirs are as good as any of the favourites for 2011. ÔÇ£The Cape Epic is a savage beast we hope to tame but all the preparation in the world can’t see off a bit of bad luck that can end it all. We hope Lady Luck is in team 360life’s trailer.ÔÇØ

To the question of how often they train together, he says: ÔÇ£We race a lot together and do a few camps, so obviously spend time in the trenches all year round. Otherwise Vodacom mostly sees the benefits of our passion.ÔÇØ
His advice to other riders is simple. ÔÇ£Train, train and more training. Partnership, hard work and careful choice of equipment are also very important. Equipment choice can make or break your race. Be prepared and know how to fix a chain.ÔÇØ

With regards to his training programme, he says he basically eats, sleeps and breathes Cape Epic for the four months leading up to the race. ÔÇ£We follow a 360 approach, time on bikes, carefully planned diet and even some kinesiology/life coaching. We’re making a movie so won’t spoil it. Go see the movie!ÔÇØ

His advice to youngsters wanting to follow in his footsteps is that there is no other way but training. ÔÇ£Get a good coach, train hard and believe. Surround yourself with people that believe.ÔÇØ

To him, every Absa Cape Epic is life changing. ÔÇ£There’s so much emotion. The last stages are always tough unless of course yellow is on your shoulders.ÔÇØ His fondest memory of the event was ÔÇ£smashing the competition by one minute in the Field of Dreams time trial in 2008, my first Cape Epic victory. I also enjoyed my first year with the masses in the tented village.ÔÇØ

In his free time, he enjoys sleeping and planning on how to go faster and his dream for this year is a podium finish at the World Marathon Champs, Montebelluna in June.

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