Catch the Cape Epic on

Sonntag&Sager to report from South Africa along with's Nut Butter riders Thomas Dooley and Mike Hogan

Racers get shadowed by a chopper at the 2010 Cape Epic. Photo by Greg Beadle/SPORTZPICS
Racers get shadowed by a chopper at the 2010 Cape Epic. Photo by Greg Beadle/SPORTZPICS

The Absa Cape Epic in South Africa kicks off this coming Sunday and will present the race from a couple of different perspectives.

We’ll get a look at the Cape Epic’s eight stages and 435 miles through the eyes, minds and lenses of our professional athlete contributors — Team Jamis’ Ben Sonntag and Jason Sager, as well as from team’s Nut Butter, comprised of masters racers Thomas Dooley and Mike Hogan.

The veteran duo of Sager and Sonntag will begin their dispatches from Cape Town later this week. And, considering the pair’s background, it’s not unfathomable that they could end up on a stage podium at some point.

Already this year the pair has raced and won the TransAndes Challenge. And Sonntag is the defending champion of another grueling mountain bike stage race — La Ruta de Los Conquistadores in Costa Rica. In 2009, Sonntag finished the Cape Epic in 21st place with his South African teammate Jacques Jansevan Rensburg.

Meanwhile, Dooley and Hogan, both 46 years old, will chronicle the adventure from their saddles with daily updates.

The pair will share the trails of South Africa with the likes of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm, the Cape Epic defending champions. Also looking to win will be the team of homegrown rider Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser. In the mix will be currnet cross-country world champion Jose Hermida of Spain and his Swiss teammate Ralph Naef. Two other Swiss racers to watch are the brothers Flückiger — Lukas and Mathias, who finished fourth overall in 2010, but posted two victories on stages six and seven. Other notable names racing are Thomas Frischknecht, Bart Brentjens, Eva Lechner and Nathalie Schneitter, Tracy Moseley and Anka Martin.

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