Mountain Bike Magazine SANI - Autumn 2018 - Page 70

REVIEW | XCO & MARATHON Prolific ex pro roadie, and World Tour team manager for Dimension Data, Doug Ryder, had this to say on Instagram after completing the race with Jan Braai… “For the first few days I was struggling quite a bit, but things changed … I felt comfortable on the climbs and I’m happy with the way things have worked out for us.” – Howard Grotts after winning with teammate Jaroslav Kulhavy 70 | MTB | kicking ass Fellow teammate, Martin Dreyer on Mike Nixon: “Our paths had crossed a few times but it was during this year’s Cape Epic, both being part of Team Land Rover, that I really got a first- hand account of the unobsessed, well-balanced life of Mike Nixon. He is the modern day Peter Pan – a highly successful businessman, an adventurer (often exploring Africa on his bike alongside Kingsley Holgate), a devoted husband and father and a true gentleman with a wicked sense of humour. He descends gnarly MTB trails like a teenager, orders pizza from regular takeouts like a student, and is more humble than pie. He could very well be classed as the 7th Wonder of the World with his extensive list of athletic achievements – one being all 7 Summits). His easy-go-lucky, chilled exterior but calculated, meticulous mind that won’t accept mediocrity or bullshit, is the formula to his successes and the envy of his many friends. Give this man a Bells!” LAND @dougryd ABSA Cape Epic done. What an experience with a great friend and partner @janbraai – laughed a lot and met great people. Thanks to Dimension Data #toughteamsdo Mike Nixon of Team Land Rover has completed every one of the 15 Cape Epics. Team mentor and manager, Gary Kirsten, said: “I felt honoured to be leading this strong-minded group of people under the Land Rover banner. Simply finishing this gruelling race is an achievement, and I salute my team members for their remarkable accomplishments in this year’s event.”