Darkhorse Wheels Pro Cycling: ABSA Cape Epic
Timo Cooper will team up with Shaun-Nick Bester.
This is a significant change to the team’s line up, which puts the team in the bid for the Red African Jersey competition.
This year’s Red Jersey competition will be one of the most highly contested ever with so many new professional / semi-professional mountain bike teams being formed in the past 2 years.
“I am so happy that Timo has decided to team up with me for this year’s ABSA Cape Epic. He is a great rider and has a lot of experience having placed 14th overall in 2015 alongside previous ABSA Cape Epic winner Stefan Sahm. I will think that I can learn a lot from him and gain even more experience in this year’s race.” Says Bester
In the team’s short existence being established in December 2018 it has grown from strength to strength and racked up a staggering 44 victories for the 2019 season which included the overall general classification win at the Joberg2C (overall men’s competition), Cape Pioneer (solo rider competition), Route 66, Magalies citrus gravel express, and many more.
The pair of Bester and Cooper have been racing side by side in the Darkhorse Wheels Pro Cycling outfit for almost a year now and have learnt a lot about each other which is really important in long multi day stage races like the Cape Epic.
“I think that we are both on good form at the moment and that we have a good chance of being competitive in the Red African Jersey Competition” said Cooper.
“I have competed in road and mountain bike races all over Africa and Europe and I must admit that the ABSA Cape Epic is by far the most challenging of all. The rugged terrain, long days in the saddle and extreme heat makes it really earn its name of being the untamed.” Added Bester.