Brentjens and Sager Race Cape Epic for The Power of Bicycles
This week (March 25-April 1), Bart Brentjens of the Milka Superior MTB Racing Team and Jason Sager of Team Jamis are undertaking mountain biking’s most challenging race--The ABSA Cape Epic in efforts to raise funds and awareness for World Bicycle Relief’s newest and most exciting African program--a partnership with the South African based Qhubeka and Wildlands Conservation Trust.
Sager and his teammate Justin Lindine shared the heartfelt story of their decision to race the grueling, 8-day ABSA Cape Epic. Sager explained, "Racing for World Bicycle Relief programs gives us a purpose…leaving bikes behind as a product of our fans' donations is one of the most tangible changes you can have on a community."
Sager and Team Jamis will be posting daily updates from this year’s race at cyclingnews.com, as well as highlighting World Bicycle Relief programming and South African news along the way. Team Jamis members are sporting a special edition WBR jersey that fans are invited to purchase–a portion of all jersey sales will be donated to World Bicycle Relief.
Alongside Team Jamis' efforts, Bart Brentjens returns with his third annual Cape Epic Challenge Raffle. Last year, a team, including Brentjens, raised $94,000 for World Bicycle Relief! This year, for every $5 donation through his WBR fundraising page, participants will be entered into a raffle to win fantastic prizes including jerseys, t-shirts, performance packages, tires, and more!
Brentjens and The Milka Superior Team will field two teams at this year’s Cape Epic. Bart and teammate Jan Weevers will take on the Master’s category, with Jeroen Boelen and Chris Jongewaard racing in the Pro category. Bart says, "It makes a huge difference if you have to walk or if you have a bike for transportation. Because I ride my bike every day, I know what that means. If you have to walk home for 10 kilometers because of a flat tire, it takes you quite a long time. But when you ride your bike it’s easy. And besides that, think about all the stuff that you can take on your bike. It is like a steel horse!”
World Bicycle Relief wishes both teams the best of luck on this year's Cape Epic and is tremendously grateful for their support.