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Angelika Tazreiter to replace Jennie Stenerhag

Meerendal Wine Estate and Cape Brewing Co. are pleased to announce that Angelika Tazreiter will ride the 2018 Cape Epic alongside Esther Süss.

It will be the first Cape Epic for the Austrian, alongside defending champion Esther Süss who will be riding for the 10th time. Tazreiter says she “couldn’t quite believe it and had to read it twice” when she received the message from Süss about riding the Cape Epic together. “At first, I obviously hoped that Jennie didn’t injure herself too badly,” she said. She went on to say that “I’ve always wanted to ride this race, and to do it with Esther is even more incredible.”

Esther Süss says she was “very relieved” when she got confirmation that she would be able to ride with Angelika Tazreiter. “I’m very excited that everything worked out,” she said. “I’m sure I’ll have to answer a lot of questions, since Angelika is a newbie, but we will fight hard to make our race a success.”

Meerendal Wine Estate and Cape Brewing Co. are confident that we have found a strong replacement rider in Angelika Tazreiter, who will perform well alongside Esther Süss at the 2018 Cape Epic.

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Jennie Stenerhag

Jennie Stenerhag forced to pull out of the 2018 Cape Epic

Meerendal Wine Estate and Cape Brewing Co. must today announce that Jennie Stenerhag will not be participating in the 2018 Absa Cape Epic. Due to a hamstring injury sustained during the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge, Stenerhag is undergoing surgery today and will be out of action for the next 3 months.

A further announcement will be made once a replacement rider has been found, who will ride alongside Esther Süss at this year’s Cape Epic.

Esther Süss & Jennie Stenerhag return to defend Cape Epic title

Meerendal Wine Estate and Cape Brewing Company are excited to announce that Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag will both return to defend their title as team Meerendal CBC at the 2018 Cape Epic.

The pair teamed up for the first time in 2017 and promptly roared from success to success. Tankwa Trek in February, Cape Epic in March, Transalp in July and Swiss Epic in September. An unforgettable season that will be hard to match by any women’s team in the future.

The pair had been close friends for 8 years, prior to racing together for the first time. “We ride very well together since we both stay very calm and ride a consistent pace without taking too many risks” says Jennie Stenerhag. Both agree that they have a good understanding for each other and don’t need to exchange many words whilst racing.

Esther Süss, who initially thought to herself, winning the Cape Epic 2017 was a great time to say goodbye to the event, says “it’s just too much of a love affair. I love this race and just have to do it again!”

Stenerhag says she has had both her saddest moment, “when I had to drop out in 2016 due to a heart problem” and her proudest “when I won it together with Esther in 2017”.

A successful partnership between Meerendal Wine Estate and the Cape Brewing Company has seen Süss and Stenerhag perform to their best, with both paying credit to the “fantastic support” that they have received. “Who would have thought that beer and wine go so well together” says Stenerhag.

Having flown largely under the radar and receiving very little media coverage ahead of last years Cape Epic, the pair expect to be well in the sights of the competition in 2018. Süss notes that they’ll approach the race from a different perspective, being “the hunted one’s, rather than the hunters”. Speaking of their goals for the Cape Epic 2018, both have one clear mission “to defend our title”!

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Absa Cape Epic – Grand Finale
(Press Release)

Team Meerendal ended their 2015 Absa Cape Epic campaign on a successful note as the riders made the 92km and 1500m trek home – to Meerendal Wine Estate.
Jochen Käss and Daniel Geismayr of “Team Meerendal Centurion Vaude” had a storming final Stage as they won the Grand Finale in front of a packed Meerendal Wine Estate. They finish in 8th position overall in the General Classification.
Bärti Bucher and Heinz Zörweg of “Team Meerendal BIXS KTM” claimed the Grand Masters Category win after winning six stages as well as the Prologue to be victorious.

After yesterday’s disappointment Esther Süss and Alice Pirard of “Team Meerendal Wheeler” finished fifth during the final Stage and 5th overall.
It’s been an emotional week full of victories as well as challenges but Team Meerendal worked hard to achieve their goals and fought during every Stage to reach the Finish Line.

 

 

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Absa Cape Epic – Stage 6
(Press Release)

It was another challenging day in the saddle for Team Meerendal during Stage 6 of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic. The day started with rain and ended in searing heat as they completed the shortest Stage with 71km and 2000m of climbing.
Jochen Käss and Daniel Geismayr of “Team Meerendal Centurion Vaude” finished in 10th position in the Men’s Category but hold on to 9th position overall in the General Classification.
Esther Süss and Alice Pirard of “Team Meerendal Wheeler” had a late start after Esther felt ill overnight but finished in a respectable 9th position on the day.
Bärti Bucher and Heinz Zörweg of “Team Meerendal BIXS KTM” stormed to yet another win and are within touching distance of the Grand Masters Category win tomorrow.
It all comes to a close tomorrow as Riders make their way home to Meerendal Wine Estate with a distance of 92km and 1500m of climbing.

 

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Absa Cape Epic – Stage 5
(Press Release)

Team Meerendal completed the King’s Stage of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic as they made the 117km and 2500m distance from Worcester to Wellington during a warm and dusty day.

 

With a tough week behind them all teams showed signs of weariness but were still able to fight to a respectable position in their various categories.
In the Mens Category Jochen Käss and Daniel Geismayr of “Team Meerendal Centurion Vaude” finished in 11th position as most of the Mens teams struggled to sustain positive momentum.
Bärti Bucher and Heinz Zörweg of “Team Meerendal BIXS KTM” are one step closer to the Grand Masters Category win after yet another Stage win to continue their clean sweep to the title.

 

Esther Süss and Alice Pirard of “Team Meerendal Wheeler” had a frustrating day as they finished in fourth position on the day but they remain favourites to finish in the top 3 overall.
Stage 6 is the penultimate Stage of the race and will be significantly easier after a challenging week with a distance of 71km and 2000m of climbing.

 

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Absa Cape Epic – Stage 4
(Press Release)

Another tough Stage faced Team Meerendal during Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic with 2000m of climbing and a distance of 111km.
It was another good day for Esther Süss (who is also celebrating her birthday today) and Alice Pirard of “Team Meerendal Wheeler” who finished 3rd in the Women’s Category and earned another spot on the podium.

 

Bärti Bucher and Heinz Zörweg of “Team Meerendal BIXS KTM” continued their strong form with another Stage win and strengthening their lead in the Grand Masters Category.

 

In the Men’s Category Jochen Käss and Daniel Geismayr of “Team Meerendal Centurion Vaude” finished in 9th position.
There was further disappointment as Milena Landtwing and Konny Looser both withdrew from the race due to illness. Hielke Elferink continued on her own to complete the Stage.
Stage 5 will see the race head towards Wellington with a tough 117km distance and 2500m of climbing.
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Absa Cape Epic – Stage 3
(Press Release)

The longest Stage of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic proved to be a tough test for Team Meerendal as they made the journey of 128km and 2300m climbing from Elgin to Worcester on a scorching day in the Karoo.

 

It was a good day for Esther Süss and Alice Pirard of “Team Meerendal Wheeler” who finished 3rd in the Women’s Category and earned themselves a spot on the podium. They are 3rd on the overall standings in the Women’s Category. Milena Landtwing and Hielke Elferink of “Team Meerendal Wheeler Cannondale” finished 7th and are 5th overall.

 

Bärti Bucher and Heinz Zörweg of Team Meerendal BiXS KTM have a firm grip on the Grand Masters title after yet another Stage win.

 

Jochen Kaess and Daniel Geismayr of Meerendal Centurion Vaude finished 8th in the Mens Category and currently lie 6th overall.

 

Apart from Matthias Pfrommer who wasn’t feeling well there were no further casualties. Laura Turpijn and Konny Looser who continued their Absa Cape Epic alone as Outcast riders without their partners completed the Stage as well along with Hermann Pernsteiner.
Stage 4 will be raced in and around the Worcester area with a distance of 111km and 2000m of climbing.
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Absa Cape Epic – Stage 2
(Press Release)

Team Meerendal endured a trying day during Stage 2 of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic in the Elgin Valley.
With the rain clearing up overnight Stage 2 saw Team Meerendal tackle 92km of riding and 2300m of climbing during a windy day.

 

The highlights of the day include Milena Landtwing and Hielke Elferink of “Team Meerendal Wheeler Cannondale” finishing 4th and Esther Süss and Alice Pirard of “Team Meerendal Wheeler” finishing 5th in the Women’s Category.

 

Bärti Bucher and Heinz Zörweg of “Team Meerendal BIXS KTM” finished first yet again in the Grand Masters Category to continue their assault on the Grand Masters title.

 

Jochen Käss and Daniel Geismayr of “Team Meerendal Centurion Vaude” finished 7th in the Men’s Category.

 

The day will however be remembered for the setbacks that two of our teams endured. Daniel Gathof and Lucien Besancon both withdrew from the race leaving their partners Laura Turpijn and Konny Looser to continue their Absa Cape Epic alone as Outcast riders.
Stage 3 is the longest Stage of this year’s race and will see the Riders take on a distance of 128km and 2300m of climbing as the race heads towards its next destination – Worcester.

 

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