Ladies overall and stage winners Hanlie Booyens and Sharon Laws embrace one another after the final stage.
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Duo to celebrate 10th edition of mountain bike stage race
The most televised mountain bike stage race in the world, the Absa Cape Epic, will be in its 10th year in 2013. This legendary eight-day duo team stage race, which attracts the world’s most accomplished and seasoned riders, will take place from March 17-24 next year. With the ladies’ division set to be as exciting as the men’s, distinguished riders Hanlie Booyens and her partner Sharon Laws, will be aiming to give 110% and celebrate the 10th Cape Epic as well as the growth of the sport.
Thirty nine-year-old Hanlie Booyens, who lives and trains in Stellenbosch, will be participating with 38-year-old Sharon Laws as team Pragma Ladies. Booyens finished first in the ladies’ category in 2004 and 2009, with partner Laws. Further to this, she has took second place in 2005, fourth place in 2008 and third place in 2011, with her respective racing partners. “I don’t know what makes me come back for more. This is a question I’ve asked myself many, many times. Maybe the hype. Maybe the personal challenge or maybe it’s the friends I’ve made for life. It’s a strange thing – I both hate and love it!” said Booyens.
Booyens will ride for physical asset management company Pragma, for the first time in 2013. She said tongue in cheek, “It’s not a case of who you are but who you know. I’ve been in discussions with Pragma on previous occasions, but this was the first year where it worked for all involved. They’re now such an integral part of the race that it made a lot of sense to approach them for assistance and we’re immensely grateful for their willingness to support us in 2013.”
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