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The Project

From 20 to 27 March 2022 every morning at exactly 7:00 o’ clock during 8 days, the starting signal resonates through the breathtaking scenery of South Africa. 700 teams begin the next stage of the Cape Epic, which holds the title, with its 657 kilometers and 16’000 meters of altitude, of one of “the hardest mountain bike race in the world”

The Cape Epic in South Africa is the world’s most famous mountain bike marathon. It is a privilege to be allowed to participate. The race is run in teams of two.

At the start of the race, many well-known professional bikers such as World Champion and Olympic Champion Nino Schurter will also be among us.

For the seventh time after 2009, 2010, 2013 2016, 2018 and 2019 will commit to supporting children who need bicycles to go to school or require a surgery to correct a cleft lip or cleft palate (Operation Smile). In addition, the team will also contribute to the protection of endangered species (The Cape Leopard Trust) and ANNA FOUNDATION (Education). With every kilometer and every turn of the handle there is a contribution towards the region, which we can experience in all its facets for approximately two weeks – our biggest motivation to finish the race successfully. At the Cape Epic, every day is a challenge for participants and material, due to sand, wind and temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. These conditions will demand all we can give.

The Team

This is us – Alessia Nay & Björn Tschnenett. Two passionate endurance athletes who along their journey have more than just sporting goals: Participate in the Cape Epic in 202 in the Mixed Category as well as inspire people to have a healthy lifestyle and support charitie

Björn Tschnenett
Alessia Nay

The Challenge

The Cape Epic is one of the biggest , but also most beautiful challenge for any avid mountain biker and leads the team through spectacular scenery and encounters with foreign animals of the Western Cape.


Lourensford Wine Estate to Lourensford Wine Estate

Distance : 24km 

Climbing: 700m


Stage 1

Lourensford Wine Estate to Lourensford Wine Estate

Distance : 92km 

Climbing: 2850m

Stage 2

Lourensford Wine Estate to Greyton

Distance : 118km 

Climbing: 2350m

Stage 3

Greyton to Greyton

Distance : 96km 

Climbing: 2250m

Stage 4

Greyton to Greyton

Distance : 74km 

Climbing: 1650m

Stage 5

Greyton to Stellenbosch

Distance : 109km 

Climbing: 2400m

Stage 6

Stellenbosch to Stellenbosch

Distance : 76km 

Climbing: 2700m

Stage 7

Lourensford Wine Estate to Lourensford Wine Estate

Distance : 68km 

Climbing: 2000m

The Goal

To date, by participating in the six previous Cape Epic, was able to provide over 90 bicycles, 40 school desks and 40 school uniforms to children in the Cape region. riders will again race to make a difference supporting Anna Foundation, the Cape Leopard Trust and Operation Smile.

We also race to inspire others to have an action filled and healthy lifestyle. Follow us on our blog.

🚴‍♂️ From Northcape4000 Adventure to Planting 4000 Trees! 🌳

Last year and this year, I had the privilege of participating in the Northcape 4000 event, creating unforgettable memories. Now, those memories are becoming a reality - 2900 trees are already planted, and more are on the way! They serve as a living tribute to the Northcape adventure. We will reach the goal of 4000 trees in spring 2024! 😊

My mission goes beyond cycling, and with, I’m supporting a special cause - the love for trees. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of my private and corporate sponsors, the support of my hometown, Rümlang, and the amazing work of forester Thomas Hubli (TH Forst). A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone!

Together, we’re building a living legacy that connects my passion for cycling with the beauty of nature, especially trees. 🌍🌱 #TreePlanting #Northcape4000 #UnforgettableMemories #CyclingCommunity #Rümlang #THForst #Eberhardbau AG #Johnson&JohnsonMedtech #ViviKola #cuoreofswitzerland

Thankful and happy! North Cape reached in 17 days after a 4363km ride from Turin via Paris and Oslo! #ultracycling #diditagain @eberhard_pioniere @baeckerei_conditorei_fleischli @cuoreofswiss @vivikola @jnj @vsportag ...

Thank you Gran Canaria! 1000km / 18‘000hm in 9 days! Getting ready for #northcape4000 @vivikola @ebi.young @eberhard_pioniere @baeckerei_conditorei_fleischli @vsportag @jnj @cuoreofswiss #ultracycling #nc4k ...

In 84 days the North Cape 4000 ultracyclimg adventure will start! One continent, 10 countries, 4200km self supported! From Turin Italy to the North Cape via Paris and Oslo! The mission is also to plant 4000 trees! Follow and be part of the journey!🌳🚀🚴🏼#nc4k #ebiyoung #cuoreofswitzerland #fleischlibäckerei #vivikola #vsportregensdorf #johnsonandjohnson #ultracycling ...

Thomas Hubli shows how to plant trees ...

So many happy faces! Thanks Reitz (South Africa) for having us! Joberg2c Stage 2 done! @surgeons_for_little_lives @vsportag @eberhard_pioniere ...

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