By FOCUS REPORTER
Ex-Springbok prop Adrian Garvey will take up the challenge of riding the legendary Absa Cape Epic – a gruelling 707km mountain bike race with 14 550m of climbing. At his peak one of the world’s best tight-head props, Adrian Garvey won his first cap for Zimbabwe (his country of birth) in the 1991 World Cup. Nicknamed “Turbo Prop”, Garvey was the archetypal modern forward,
combining deft handling skills and pace with ferocious scrummaging.
Garvey played 28 tests for South Africa (1996-1999), scoring 4 tries with an impressive win record of 86%. He retired from rugby in 2004. Throughout his career, he was a credit to the teams he represented.
This will be Garvey’s first Absa Cape Epic. “I like a challenge and as I can’t run because of a rugby injury to my knee, the Comrades is out of the question. I reckon the Absa Cape Epic is Comrades on a bike.”
Garvey will be riding with Brian James as team Toyota Rugby. Says Garvey: “My sporting career, which has been mainly swimming and rugby, has not been endurance sports so I’ve been in the dark a little as to how to train and prepare for the Cape Epic. In a nutshell, I’ve tried to maintain between 10 and 16 hours a week. During December 2010, I was lucky if I did 3 hours in
total for the month. My diet has not changed that much, but I’ve included
more protein shakes.”
On his tactics to finish the race, he says: “For me to complete my first Cape Epic, I’m going to ride the whole race easy and not put myself into the red zone. My team mate will just have to be patient with me while he waits at the top of all the climbs.”
For Garvey, family comes first. “I can’t spend enough time with my two girls Tegan (9) and Bobby (8) and my beautiful wife Melisa, who is currently carrying our 3rd. You also can’t beat driving my Toyota Hilux.”
His wish for 2011 is to achieve the same success in business that he achieved on the rugby field.
From 27 March to 3 April, all eyes will be on the Western Cape as the world’s top riders vie for position in what is billed to be the most competitive event in the race’s history. Mountain biking enthusiasts not participating in the Absa Cape Epic are invited to enter the Cape Times
Vigne-a-Vigne mountain bike race. The race promises participants breathtaking scenery and spectacular mountain biking terrain, and cyclists will be given the opportunity to enter either the 50km or 27km challenges.
Interested riders can register online at <http://www.vigne-a-vigne.com>
The Cape Times Lourensford Vineyard Run is a unique trail running race offering a choice of a 6 or 15km route. The Vineyard Run (also on 3 April 2011) will provide participants with beautiful vistas and numerous climbs through the idyllic and picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate. Interested
parties can enter online at <http://www.vineyard.com> www.vineyard.com.
Visit <http://www.cape-epic.com> www.cape-epic.com for more details and to
see where the riders are online during the race.