Jenny Rissveds takes on the Absa Cape Epic

Jenny Rissveds took the mountain biking world by storm in 2016, announcing her arrival at the top end of the sport with some outstanding performances and then capping it all with the Olympic gold medal.

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Now the 22-year-old Swedish star is taking a step into the unknown and will be competing in the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. She will be riding with her SCOTT-SRAM team manager Thomas Frischknecht, 46, in the Virgin Active Mixed category. Frischknecht himself has a long and outstanding mountain biking career with three world championship titles: two in the marathon discipline and another in cross country. He is also a four time Absa Cape Epic finisher.

 

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Photo: Gary Perkin. Cape Epic.

 

Besides her Olympic heroics, in 2016 Rissveds won the Under-23 Cross Country World Championship and performed strongly in the World Cup series, dominating the Under-23 category and then winning the open event at Lenzerheide in Switzerland.

 

Her decision to join the race means that both Olympic mountain biking gold medallists will be in the field. Earlier this year men’s winner Nino Schurter of Switzerland announced that he would be racing in the Men’s category with countryman Matthias Stirnemann.

 






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Jaco-fiets, Jan 04 2017 10:03

Damn! For a moment I hoped that she might be Ariane's partner for the epic

Gnarly, Jan 04 2017 10:05

Good Lord, all of a sudden all the owes think it's a great route and will go watch everyday live. 

Robbie Stewart, Jan 04 2017 10:06

And all of a sudden the spectator value, attendance and tv viewership just went through the roof...

 

:clap:  :clap:  :w00t:  :w00t: ... :oops:

 

lerouc, Jan 04 2017 10:15

i'll make a plan to go watch a stage or 7.  :drool:

kosmonooit, Jan 04 2017 10:18

Hmmm .. hope it doesn't mess up her XC season

FCH, Jan 04 2017 10:20

Ja nee, kyk......

i'll make a plan to go watch a stage or 7.  :drool:

Skubarra, Jan 04 2017 10:39

Pity her presence/talent is wasted in the mixed category, would much rather see her take on the ladies category

johnson, Jan 04 2017 10:40

I Think Warren's gonna enjoy the Epic this year.....K@k route and all !

Jaco-fiets, Jan 04 2017 10:46

Thomas you dirty old man! Acting like the mentor! He will make her ride in front the entire route. Lucky bastard

Matchstix, Jan 04 2017 10:57

I think I will need to be at the epic this year! Wonder I the team wil , bringin their own, massuese/mechanic/barista

Suidwes Boytjie, Jan 04 2017 10:58

i'll make a plan to go watch a stage or 7.  :drool:

Ek gaan saam... ek sit links voor!!!

shaper, Jan 04 2017 11:03

You think they will be sharing a tent together???

Sepia, Jan 04 2017 11:04

You think they will be sharing a tent together???

Not if I could help it.

Sepia, Jan 04 2017 11:05

Ek gaan saam... ek sit links voor!!!

Hou vir my n stoel aub.

Paulst12, Jan 04 2017 12:27

Any entries up for sale? :ph34r:  :eek:  :whistling:  :whistling: 

 


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JXV, Jan 04 2017 12:50

Any entries up for sale? :ph34r: :eek: :whistling: :whistling:

Is that a lift/bathroom selfie? I thought the hub disapproves of people who post those to inflate their egos? Just checking.....[emoji48]

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'Dale, Jan 04 2017 12:53

Damn! For a moment I hoped that she might be Ariane's partner for the epic


They're pretty much managed by the bike brand they roll with

Is it confirmed that Langvad won't be in the chute?

Grease_Monkey, Jan 04 2017 01:18

On a completely unrelated note, I'm doing the Epic this year haha

Jaco-fiets, Jan 04 2017 01:27

They're pretty much managed by the bike brand they roll with

Is it confirmed that Langvad won't be in the chute?

Yip! Ariane said she will be announcing her partner soon. It looks like the organisers are trying to spread the contention field. Guess that is the reason Jenny and Robyn are also not pairing up for epic. Good call (for a change)

Gen, Jan 04 2017 01:43

Yip! Ariane said she will be announcing her partner soon. It looks like the organisers are trying to spread the contention field. Guess that is the reason Jenny and Robyn are also not pairing up for epic. Good call (for a change)

Did I see right that Robyn and Sabine are pairing up?

Warren_G, Jan 04 2017 02:03

Have you done many stage races before?

 

“No – it’s my first mountain bike stage race.”

 

Seriously tho hope she doesn't bomb out in the first few days!

EmptyB, Jan 04 2017 02:13

Have you done many stage races before?
 
“No – it’s my first mountain bike stage race.”
 
Seriously tho hope she doesn't bomb out in the first few days!


Agreed, I'll be devastated!

I'm going to watch it live so I can propose to her.....

kosmonooit, Jan 04 2017 02:14

Have you done many stage races before?

 

“No – it’s my first mountain bike stage race.”

 

Seriously tho hope she doesn't bomb out in the first few days!

 

Yup its a totally different game to XC, but I am sure she is getting good advice. Fellow team member and Olympian Gold Medallist Nino is also in right? And he has done it all before.

 

But looking back at last year, our ladies World Champ burnt one too many of her matches at the Epic, if could be said. I think she is still licking her wounds after she bombed out badly towards the end of the season

 

Just in case you missed it:

 

Suidwes Boytjie, Jan 04 2017 02:21

Agreed, I'll be devastated!

I'm going to watch it live so I can propose to her.....

THIS ... Hahaha  :lol:

Sepia, Jan 04 2017 02:21

Agreed, I'll be devastated!

I'm going to watch it live so I can propose to her.....

You will have to get through me first and that will not be easy, CO2 knife an all.

There will be a queue anyway and you will certainly not be allowed to jump the gun, so to speak.

 

jeez chaps, have mercy on her delicate little soul.