Team dormakaba ready for the Cape Epic
Team dormakaba’s Carmen Buchacher and Samantha Sanders are eager to take on the Cape Epic this weekend, possibly the world’s most challenging mountain bike stage race which is held over eight days.
While both admit that preparation for the event has been challenging for various reasons, the incredible support from the team has pulled them through.
“The amazing team we have around us have been incredibly supportive and we are both lining up to the race healthy and injury free,” says Samantha.
It will be Carmen’s second epic following her top five finish last year and she feels that they are both ready to make Team dormakaba proud.
“The Epic is a difficult race purely because it is eight days where everything has to come together. The first four stages are long, and the South African terrain is unforgiving and hard. The competition is fierce which adds to the intensity factor,” says Carmen.
Samantha agrees and feels that even though they are both competitive and want to win every race they enter the priority is being a good partner for one another and getting through it.
“I just want to race as hard as I can every day. Be a good partner to my teammate and be a competitor that dormakaba is proud to be associated with,” she says.
And it is in the partnership that Carmen feels that she and Samantha will be able to race in confidence.
“You have to trust your partner that she will give her all during training. Luckily, we have the same coach, so he has made sure that we are in tune with one another. It is also important that you and your partner know each other, also off the bike, as you go through some dark phases while racing and understanding and support are vital to maintaining the relationship,” says Carmen.
Shaun Frayne, MD of dormakaba South Africa, believes that the Epic is the perfect test of character for those competing against the best in the world in such a gruelling race.
“We are obviously very excited to see the two of them race together in one of the premier international mountain bike events. For us it is as much about illustrating the importance of partnerships as it is about competing for honours at the Epic. We wish our riders all the best for what is going to be an incredible experience,” he says.