Absa cape Epic’s Team Absa rider, William Mogkopo, has been selected for the SA Elite U23 XCO World Cup team

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Cycling SA announced this evening that William Mokgopo from the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy has been selected for the Elite U23 XCO Team for the MTB XCO World Cup taking place at Cascades MTB Park in April this year.

Absa Cape Epic Update
Day 3 / Stage 2 of the Absa Cape Epic kicked off this morning from Robertson, the western gateway to The Heart of Route 62, and ended at Arabella Wines, a distance of 101 km with a climbing elevation of 1550m. Rain and mud levelled the playing field.

Finishing overall in the men’s category after Stage 2 in the top 100 is Team Absa’s Owen Hannie and William Mokgopo riding under the team name of Team ABSA Diepsloot Mountain Biking Academy.
Mokgopo, and sports presenter at SuperSport and Metro FM, Hannie, completed Stage 2 in 88th position out of 285 teams in their category, clocking up an average speed of 17.18km p/h over the past 3 days.

Says André Ross, CEO of the Diepsloot Mountain Biking Academy “I’m happy with the progress that Owen and William have made in Stage 2 of the Absa Cape Epic – it looks like they’re having fun.
Most importantly, William’s participation as well as that of fellow Diepsloot MTB Academy rider, Tsepo Nyirenda (also riding under Team Absa), has already created greater awareness around the Diepsloot MTB Academy. Over the last few days I’ve had many requests from people asking what they can do to help the academy, ranging from a mother in Midrand saying she has been inspired by Team Absa, to a mountain bike rider in Limpopo asking how he can get involved.”

Team Absa Stage 2 Absa Cape Epic Results:
Owen Hannie and William Mokgopo (completed in 5:46.58) 88th position in Men’s category
Ernst Viljoen and Tim Brink (completed in 6:45.02) 118th position in Master’s category
Stefan Terblanche and Joel Stransky (completed in 7:26.05) 174th in Men’s category
Gugu Zulu and Hlubi Mboya (completed in 7:29.34) 52nd in Mixed category
Clayton Duckworth and Tsepo Nyirenda (completed in 7:22.50) 232th in Men’s category
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