TEAM ANI-MAL FROM CAIRNS RIDING THEIR WAY AROUND THE WORLD

20 March 2019

Anita Narula and Malcolm Lindsay proudly ride out of the Cairns Mountain Bike Club in Australia, and they are riding the world, this week taking on the pinnacle event in the Epic Series, the Absa Cape Epic, the untamed South African mountain bike race.

Eight days of incredibly tough riding may frighten some, but not this pair who can already count The Pioneer in New Zealand as one of the Epic Series races to have been conquered, as well as Epic Qualifying race the Reef 2 Reef in their own backyard of tropical North Queensland, where Narula actually earned their guaranteed entry into the Cape Epic for 2019.

Stage 3 (day four) was a long one for the pair, with 107km taking in 2,800m of climbing, many of those metres on the infamous Goenlandberg mountain that looms large over the Elgin Valley.

“Yes, that was a tough day it was harsh on the hands on those rocky descents, that is what will kill everyone today, bashing the hands on those rocky hills – other than that it was fight to the end, survival,” said Lindsay.

Not surprisingly Narula was already planning on day five and the 43km time trial Stage Four being a day to refresh and hit the reset button for the final three long days of riding to the finish.

“I think we will do tomorrow as a bit of a recovery day, and hopefully spin the legs out a bit. It is still a race and I am feeling okay but poor old Mal here, we will see how he pulls up and play it by ear,” said Narula.

Narula celebrated her 44th birthday on day two of the Epic and having ridden many of Australia’s top events and the Pioneer, was in a good place to compare the riding differences.

“The riding here is a lot more harsh, so many rocks, you just have to make sure you are picking the right line and let the handle bars loose in the arms. The scenery is good but compared to New Zealand -that scenery in New Zealand is just amazing. We didn’t take it in too much today up the top because it was real cloudy, but that was just one of those things.”

And provided they safely negotiate the second four days of this amazing journey, they already have their sights set on completing the treble of Epic Series races, with the Swiss Epic the final piece of the jigsaw if they are to earn their Epic Legend Medals.

“This is our first Absa Cape Epic, we have ridden the Pioneer before and the Reef 2 Reef and a few other bits and pieces but first Cape Epic. Once we have knocked this off, 2020 is what we are targeting, just ask Anita, she has her heart set on it,” said Lindsay.

“2020 this is it, we are one race away from that Legend Medal and we have to get it, that is the goal, Swiss Epic in 2020 for us,” said Narula.

Follow the Absa Cape Epic and the progress of Team Ani-Mal at www.cape-epic.com or download the Epic Series App on your android or iphone.

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