He is ready for the big season to Start. Mountain biker Nino Schurter (32) completes the annual performance tests in Magglingen recently with strong values. The Swiss sportsman of the year 2018 is looking back on an ideal preparation for the legendary “Cape Epic”.

Since last Tuesday, Schurter is in South Africa, where on Sunday, the eight day of hard starts, More-stages-race with the prologue. A total of 624 kilometers with 16650 meters of altitude before the Stars in Teams of Two. The “Tour de France”, the Biker demands everything.

“compared to other years, the Cape Epic is a bit shorter this Time, but has more height meters. I am particularly pleased that we will be driving this year, two days in and around Stellenbosch. In this Region I know, practically all kinds of Trails,” says Schurter. The Canton of the Grisons, in the preparation of its training base in Stellenbosch. Home advantage!

Schurter rides with Forster instead of Frischknecht

Nino takes part for the sixth Time at the Cape Epic, 2017, he was able to celebrate the single Triumph. Last year the race was under a bad star. His team-mate Mathias Stirnemann began the 1. Stage of infection, the Duo had to give up.

Now Schurter takes the Cape Epic together with Scott’s team mate Lars Forster in attack. Originally Andri was provided fresh servant, but he is to have health problems, still not quite at one hundred percent. Frischknecht starts, therefore, in the short term, in the second Scott-Team up with Gert Heyns (South Africa).

Always have a spare part in the race

Schurter: “Lars as well as Andri both Top drivers. For me, it plays therefore no role, that there has been a change.” Central especially the cooperation in a Team during a stage. The driver in the event of a Defect.

“We have a hose, for example a pump or a replacement, but also chain rivets if the chain should break. We share it, who carries what,” says Schurter. In contrast to a usual world Cup Cross-Country race, the Set-Up of the Bikes is different. The tire, for example, are more robust. “And I use a retractable saddle-support, which I don’t normally use,” explained Schurter.

As the toughest rival in the battle for the Cape Epic victory Nino expected, the Duo of Jaroslav Kulhavy/Sam gauze and Manuel Fumic/Henrique Avancini. A high-caliber top box. “The Cape Epic was probably occupied never been so good,” says Schurter.

The stages of the Cape Epic in 2019 from 17. March to 24. March on cape-epic.com live

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