Today’s Plan Ambassadors Brendan Johnston and Cameron Ivory team up for Absa Cape Epic

7 March 2019

Today’s Plan is excited to be following Trekky and Cam in their attempt to conquer one of the most famous mountain bike stage races in the world. During the race we will be capturing and sharing their data and giving an insight into just what it takes to compete at the pointy end of the field in one of the world’s toughest stage races.

Cam & Trekky

Absa Cape Epic

‘The Absa Cape Epic is the largest full-service mountain bike stage race in the world. The 16th edition of the Absa Cape Epic will take place from 17 to 24 March 2019 and will be as challenging as ever. Local and international mountain bikers will tackle the demanding eight-day adventure through the Western Cape region in South Africa.’ www.cape-epic.com

Brendan Johnston

Brendan “Trekky” Johnston took out the National Marathon Championships 3 years in a row. He has an impressive list of race results including: Winner Otway Odyssey 2019, 3rd place Melbourne to Warrnambool 2019, Reef to Reef winner 2018, Winner WA100 2018, Winner Ride for Robbie 2018, Winner Port to Port 2018, 2nd place National Marathon Champs 2018, Winner Golden Triangle Epic 2018, Winner AMB 100 2018, as well as winning every marathon event that he entered in 2017 including the, AMB 100, Highland Fling, Kowalski Classic, Flight Centre Epic and more.

Q&A

What have you heard about the Absa Cape Epic which made you want to race it?
The challenge, the biggest MTB race in the world!

What are your ambitions at the 2019 Absa Cape Epic?
Top 10 finish

What do you think of the route and which stage in particular should suit you best?
It’s hard to know exactly what to expect. We are targeting a high overall finish so I want us to be as consistent in every stage possible.

Career Highlights and Best Achievements.
3x Time National XCM Champion, 2x Cape To Cape Winner and 2x Port To Port Winner.

Who is your sporting role model and why?
Mark Webber- Incredible journey as a competitor, so driven in every aspect of competition and career.

Cameron Ivory

Cam has been a member of multiple Australian MTB teams and was the 2018 National Champion for XCO, XCM and XCE, plus the 2018 National Series winner for XCO and XCM. His focus remains on the dirt with the Trek-Shimano MTB team, however, he has claimed stage wins in the National Road Series riding for GPM-Stulz and won the Intelligentsia Cup crit series in the USA.

Q&A

What have you heard about the Absa Cape Epic which made you want to race it?
The hardest MTB stage race in the world which attracts the best riders in the world, and you take it on riding together with a good mate.

What are your ambitions at the 2019 Absa Cape Epic?
We want to achieve a top 10 and get through the stages minimising any potential mechanicals/mishaps.

What do you think of the route and which stage in particular should suit you best?
Brutal climbs and harsh terrain! The stages look tough but we don’t plan on targeting one stage in particular. We want to remain consistent to achieve a high finish overall.

Career Highlights and Best Achievements.
2018 XCO, XCM and XCE National Champion
2014 Commonwealth Games Representative

Who is your sporting role model and why?
Roger Federer – always shows respect and sportsmanship, humble in victory and gracious in defeat. We can all learn something from his level of professionalism.

Media

The Journey to Cape Epic 2019 | Episode 1 by Giant Bicycles Australia

Even to an accomplished XC Marathon racer such as Brendan Johnston, the Cape Epic poses a set of unique challenges—one of which is selecting an ideal teammate.

Absa Cape Epic | Australians Hunting for African Success

The Shimano Australia team of Brendan Johnston and Cameron Ivory have a long history of competing against one another in their home country. For the 2019 Absa Cape Epic the pair decided to join forces and as the current and former Australian national marathon champions have become the de facto leaders of the 34 rider strong contingent from the world’s sixth largest country.