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Friday, 31 January 2014

Team Pragma Nampak ready for the 2014 Absa Cape Epic

Lieb Loots and Izak Visagie of Team Pragma Nampak on the bike preparing for the Absa Cape Epic. (Photo: Marlene de Villiers/
Lieb Loots and Izak Visagie of Team Pragma Nampak on the bike preparing for the Absa Cape Epic. (Photo: Marlene de Villiers/


Lieb Loots (57, of Durbanville) and Izak Visagie (52, of Wellington,) will team up for this year’s Absa Cape Epic as team Pragma Nampak. The 11th edition of the Absa Cape Epic will take place from 23 to 30 March 2014, and will once again see riders battle the natural elements of South Africa’s harsh mountain biking terrain for the coveted championship title and prize purse of R1 564 million (the largest purse in the world of endurance mountain biking). The stage race will see cyclists complete 718 km of intense cycling with 14 850m of climbing, starting the prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville and finishing at the traditional Lourensford Wine Estate.

Both Loots and Visagie will be participating in their sixth Absa Cape Epic this year. Visagie who is the owner of a Wine Wholesale company received a wild card entry into the race. Loots who works at Fox and Brink Cape Town Fresh Market as an agent. In which he exports dry lube to Australia, says getting and opportunity from Pragma is why he came back to the Absa Cape Epic.

Due to the fact that Loots and Visagie do not live in the same town, it is difficult for them to train together often. Says Visagie: “Not a lot done some races together.” Says Loots: “We train together once a week.”

Loots believe that the most important ingredient to complete the Absa Cape Epic successfully is a strong mind and fitness. According to Visagie the most important ingredient is a 90 % effort “If you overcook it, you will stand a chance of picking up mechanicals or injuries”. When asked what he thinks of the 2013 route, Visagie says, “I think day 1 and 5 will be hard, the rain caused havoc in 2012” Loots still has to take a look at the new route.

Loots says, this year he would like to get some podiums finishers in his age category and to be fit. Visage says in he would also like a few podium finishes with his partner in Grand masters and a top 50 on the GC.

In his spare time Loots enjoys wine making and spending time with his kids, he describes himself as natural on instinct. Visage enjoys cycling, farming, travelling and driving out with his 4×4. Visagie describes himself as a competitive sportsman.

Loots says that it’s his strong mind the fitness that has made him come back again. Visagie it’s the prestige of the Epic that makes he come back for more.

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