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World Champion Tracy Moseley and Anka Martin may be better known for racing downhill and endurance DH events, but the two of them have decided to partner up this year to tackle one of the world's longest, toughest and most prestigious multi-day XC stage races - The Cape Epic in South Africa.
     Racing over 60 miles a day for eight days may seem crazy for downhillers, but the preparation means they will both be starting off the 2011 season fit, strong with a solid base. Racing for World Bicycle Relief with the goal of providing bikes for African Schools is the added cherry on top. The cause is close to the heart for former South African, Anka Martin, who has already completed three Cape Epics. Check the official release to see how you can support their cause and make a difference too. More prizes to be announced Feb 1.

Cape Epic Challenge to Benefit World Bicycle Relief
(3 teams, 8 days, 707km, 1 goal: Bikes to 10 schools in Zambia)

Some of cycling’s most talented athletes have joined forces to raise $150,000 for World Bicycle Relief’s Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) in conjunction with the 2011 Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, March 27-April 3.
PhotoAn all-star combination including four members of the Trek-Milka Mountain bike team led by Bart Brentjens, the rag-tag duo Andy Ording and Todd Winget, as well as downhill sensations Anka Martin and current World Champion Tracy Moseley, will endure this grueling 8 day race, covering 707km across South Africa’s Western Cape to raise awareness and funds for World Bicycle Relief.

Anyone donating $134 or more to The Cape Epic Challenge is eligible to win a host of great prizes including clutch items from TREK and SRAM, an actual World Bicycle Relief bike, as well as an incredible list of additional prizes to be announced on the Cape Epic Challenge Blog and Fundraising Page starting February, 1st.

In addition, $75,000 has been pledged by a small group of anonymous donors to match all donations raised through the Cape Epic Challenge finale on April 3rd, 2011.  All donations benefit World Bicycle Relief and their current efforts to provide 50,000 bicycles to Zambian students (70% girls), teachers and educational workers seeking access to education.

The Cape Epic Challenge Goal to raise $150,000 would provide students at 10 schools with World Bicycle Relief’s specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles.

You can donate to the cause on the Cape Epic Challenge fundraising page: worldbicyclerelief.kintera.org/capeepicchallenge

Follow the rider’s stories about Africa and their training for Cape Epic on the Cape Epic Challenge Blog:
capeepicchallenge.blogspot.com

Find more about World Bicycle Relief and it’s mission to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles at: www.worldbicyclerelief.org

For additional inquires please contact:
Rebecca Much
World Bicycle Relief Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator
rmuch@worldbicyclerelief.org
312.502.8468

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