Cape Epic 2022

Am 20. März 2022 werden wir hoffentlich entgültig am Start des Cape Epic stehen.
Das 8-tägige MTB Etappenrennen gilt als das härteste der Welt – die Tour de France der Mountainbiker und steht auf meiner Bucketlist als offener Punkt.

Bereits vor 2 Jahren sind wir nach Kapstadt angereist, aber das Rennen wurde 1 Tag vorher aufgrund der aufkommenden Corona Pandemie ganz kurzfristig abgesagt.

Nach 11 Starts beim Ironman Hawaii trainiere ich nun schon 3 Jahre, um die neue Herausforderung anzugehen. Beim Mountainbike Training im heimischen Siebengebirge mit meinem Trainingspartner Ole entstand die Idee, das legendäre MTB-Rennen in Südafrika zu fahren. Zuletzt wartete das Epic in 8 Tagen mit  647km und 15.550 Höhenmetern auf die Fahrer. Am 1. Dezember werden die Strecken für 2022 bekannt gegeben.

Wir sind sehr dankbar für die Gelegenheit, für die CANSA Active Foundation in Südafrika das Rennen fahren zu können und Spenden für einen guten Zweck zu sammeln. Die Foundation unterstützt die Forschung und Aufklärung über Krebs.
Daher bitten wir Freunde, Bekannte, Familie, Kollegen und alle Interessierten dieses unser Charity-Projekt zu unterstützen.
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Having met through a friend in Bonn, Ole and Dirk became unseparated friends sharing the same passion for extreme endurance events. Both occupied with their demanding roles in DB Schenker and Deutsche Telekom they find time to train around the Siebengebirge and the Bonn area. On one of the many training sessions the idea came up to ride the Absa Cape Epic together – one of the most demanding endurance cycling events on the planet. Recognizing how privileged they are with their health and wellbeing, Dirk and Ole decided to race the event for a good cause and raise donations for the CANSA Active foundation in South Africa. A foundation to support research and awareness for cancer.

“We often forget how privileged we are and how many opportunities in life open up while taking our health for granted”, Dirk says, a ten time finisher himself of the famous Ironman on Hawaii. Many people do not have that chance. It is that drive leading to race the Cape Epic for charity and raise awareness to those who have not have that privilege at the moment because they are battling cancer. “It is exactly that, we take our health for granted and only recognize when friends or family members battling the disease how pressures a healthy life is”, Ole adds.

Dirk and Ole want to take the Absa Cape Epic as a start to participate in more endurance events in the future years for Charity and to raise awareness and support for non profit organizations like CANSA Active.

Please support our charity!  You can donate directly via the below platform:




About the Cape Epic:

The 2022 edition of the Absa Cape Epic will taking place from 20 to 27 March and will be as challenging as ever. Local and international mountain bikers will tackle the demanding eight-day race through the Western Cape region in South Africa. It is the Tour de France for Mountain bikers. The route changes every year, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through roughly 700 untamed and relentless kilometers and over 15 000m of accumulated climbing. The Absa Cape Epic must be completed by both members of a two-person team with only 650 teams allowed to ride the race.


About CANSA Active:

A leader in the fight against cancer in SA, since 1931, the purpose of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), is to offer a unique, integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. It’s mission is to be the preferred non-profit leader that enables research with regards to lowering cancer risk, educating the public regarding symptoms, screening and risk reduction, and providing care and support to all people affected by cancer. Furthermore our Advocacy team performs a Watchdog Role striving to ensure that South African policy makers are influenced with regards to important cancer control issues, and patients’ right to healthcare is protected.

CANSA is committed to connecting people facing cancer with information, day-to-day help as well as emotional support they need in the communities where they live. Our aim is to ensure that cancer Survivors and their loved ones don’t have to face cancer alone; we’re here to support them through every step of their cancer journey.

Your support helps us to continue the fight against cancer in South Africa and brings us closer to the challenge of a cancer-free society within our generation. Let this become our legacy to our children and generations to come.