The Andalucia Bike Race, held between the 26th of February and the 3rd of March, offered solo riders a chance to compete for the first time this year. Alban Lakata, still struggling with Dust Lung from South Africa, had a rough start and finally found his own on the second day of action. The first day made a good overall result impossible, but that wasn`t really the goal of the event anyway.
“I rode the six days as if it’s a training and I’m convinced that it’ll pay off,” explains Alban. It wasn’t about sustaining, but to get the “finishing touches” for the season’s highlight, the Cape Epic from March 19th to 26th, which he will compete in together with teammate Kristian Hynek in South Africa.
“My training statistics are very good, therefore I count on the win for form and for race-hardening, which I acquired. I’ll take away many positive things from Andalusia,” according to the Topeak-Ergon racer. Even important were the realizations when it comes to the setup for the Canyon Lux CF and the synergy with the new parts, for instance the Maxxis tires.
The focus of the entire Topeak-Ergon racing team is from now on lock, stock and barrel on the Absa Cape Epic, which starts in just over two weeks. The 8-day stage race in South Africa is considered one of the toughest mountain bike races in the world. Starting on Sunday, March 17th, the race will consist of 7 stages and one pre-stage. About 1,300 participants will struggle through the untamed South African landscape.