Tumelo Makae and Unathi Nxumalo tackled the legendary ABSA Cape Epic for the first time and to stand on the start ramp of “the race that measures all” aka “the Tour de France of mountain biking” was already dream come true for the two riders.

The above video details their immense journey through the 8 stages, 648kms and 15’475m of climbing in the brutal South African elements and at the finish securing their 20th place on the final stage. Leaving a former Tour de France winner and a former Cape Epic Winner behind them in the placings and with a 37th place on the general classification after 8 days they were the strongest black African race team at the Cape Epic.