Sally Bigham and Alban Lakata, both finish third overall – on different teams.
After eight stages, both riders that Team Topeak Ergon had at the Cape Epic, a legendary stage race in South Africa, finished third in their classes. The event, widely regarded as one of the most difficult races in the world, features terrain, distances and weather conditions to test everyone. The competition is also pretty tough, attracting the best in the World. Finishing third is therefore something of which to be proud.
Sally was riding the race in the Adidas-Big Tree Team, riding with local, Nico Pfitzenmaier. It was her first time at the event. Not only that, but the pair didn’t know each other prior to the start. It wasn’t just the day on day demands of riding that they had to get used to, but the ways of each other too. Fortunately it clicked from the off, and on the first day, they took third in the mixed pairs race. It put them in third overall, which they were able to defend throughout. “It is amazing to finish in third. The final day was hard, I had stomach problems, and Nico’s knee was playing up following a fall. The podium place is what we were after, and I am very happy with the performance.”
The tone was similar from Alban Lakata, who took silver in the World Marathon Championships last year. “We were hoping for a place on the podium. Both Kevin [Evans] and I are happy with the result – especially with one stage win and one second place. It was tough going – after the sixth day I was really beginning to suffer. I am very proud that we held on to third place to be able to stand on the steps here in Lourensford.”
Sally, and Alban, are both now taking two weeks off before the Lake Garda festival.