4 February 2020

In the lead up to the 17th edition of the Absa Cape Epic, Africa’s Untamed Mountain Biking (MTB) Race, Absa will continue to entrench its purpose of bringing possibility to life by launching an initiative called #SheUntamed. #SheUntamed is a programme designed to improve women’s access to the sport of MTB, a programme for women who are passionate about MTB, cycling and living an active lifestyle.

As part of the programme, the Absa Cape Epic will, for the first time in the event’s history, dedicate a session of the 2020 Epic Trippers programme exclusively to female cyclists. The Epic Trippers programme allows riders to experience parts of the regions that the race visits and enjoy some of the country’s best trails, whilst watching the world’s best mountain bikers in action.

Absa has partnered with well-known adventurers, athletes and cyclists Letshego Zulu, Nicole Capper and Phathokuhle Zondi to amplify the #SheUntamed initiative.

Social rider Nicole Capper, who will be taking part in an Epic Trippers session for the very first time, says she is looking forward to a memorable experience. “Being part of the Absa Cape Epic presents another opportunity for me to test my endurance against the most formidable opponent; the great outdoors. After my attempt at summiting Mount Everest and having reached the top of Kilimanjaro, the Epic Trippers Session is the next challenge I look forward to and hope to conquer it,” says Capper.

Zulu echoes the same sentiments and says she looking forward to riding with other women in the Epic Trippers session, having previously competed in two full Absa Cape Epic races. “I have an emotional connection to the race, and I am excited to share my passion for cycling with other #SheUntamed women,” she says.

Female MTB enthusiasts who are up for the challenge can stand a chance to win a place for themselves and a partner at this year’s women’s-only Epic Trippers session in the picturesque town of Tulbagh, Western Cape, 17 – 19 March 2020.

The competition will be driven via Absa’s social media platforms where ladies will need to upload pictures and/ or videos of themselves MTBing and showing their #SheUntamed spirit. The winner of this competition will be announced on 2 March 2020. Ts & Cs apply.

For more information about the Absa #SheUntamed initiative, follow #SheUntamed on Absa’s social platforms.