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Riding Beyond Boundaries: The Unyielding Spirit of #SheUntamed

In the world of mountain biking, there exists a force that transcends mere competition and challenges the very fabric of what it means to ride. It's a force fueled by passion, determination, and an unwavering commitment to breaking down barriers. This force is none other than #SheUntamed – a movement that embodies the soul of cycling and empowers women to conquer the trails with courage and grit. Every women that rides a bike... listen up!

As the 2024 Absa Cape Epic approaches, the resonance of #SheUntamed reverberates louder than ever before. Absa's steadfast dedication to fostering diversity and inclusivity within the cycling community has paved the way for a revolution – one where women of all backgrounds come together to defy expectations and forge their own paths.

For years, the Absa Cape Epic has stood as a symbol of endurance and camaraderie, drawing cyclists from around the globe to test their mettle against the rugged terrain of the Western Cape. Yet, amidst the throngs of riders, there has always been something missing. There has always been a longing for something more – a longing for representation, for inclusion, for a space where women can thrive and shine.

Enter #SheUntamed – a beacon of hope, a driving force for women in this crazy sport. Since its inception in 2019, this initiative has shattered stereotypes and ignited a fire within the hearts of female cyclists everywhere. From its humble beginnings to the grandeur of the 20th anniversary of the Absa Cape Epic, #SheUntamed has been a catalyst for change, inspiring women to embrace their untamed spirit and ride with unbridled passion.

This year, as the Absa #SheUntamed 20for20 teams gear up for the challenge of a lifetime, the spirit of camaraderie and resilience burns brighter than ever before. These 40 women, warriors of the trail, represent the epitome of courage and determination. They are not just riders – they are heroes, blazing a trail for future generations to follow. They are creating a safer space for any and every women to realise their true potential in cycling.

But behind the scenes, beyond the glitz and glamour of the race, lies a journey fraught with challenges and uncertainties. Each rider, regardless of experience or skill, grapples with their own fears and doubts. Yet, it is in the face of adversity that the true spirit of #SheUntamed shines through – a spirit that knows no bounds and refuses to be silenced.

As a proud member of the #SheUntamed community, I've witnessed firsthand the transformative power of this movement. It's more than just a race and having access to that – it's a sisterhood, a sanctuary, a place where women can come together to share their triumphs and tribulations, to uplift and inspire one another. It is a place of knowledge and comfort, of failure and triumph. It is the room you are always welcome into regardless of who or what kind of rider you are or want to be. And there is always room at this party, just ask Caroline to teach you the dance moves and Sarah to give you the skills...

From the inclusion of a women-only group at the Epic Trippers program to the relentless dedication of the coaching staff and support of Absa, #SheUntamed is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human heart. It's a reminder that no matter the obstacles we face, we are never alone – for we ride together, as one. So as the 2024 Absa Cape Epic draws near, let us rally behind the brave women of #SheUntamed, cheering them on every pedal of the way. Let us celebrate their courage, their resilience, and their unwavering commitment to living life on their own terms.

For in the world of #SheUntamed, anything is possible – and together, we will ride on, forging our own paths and chasing our dreams with wild abandon. So let's saddle up, my fellow riders, and embrace the journey that lies ahead. Let's ride bikes – for the spirit of #SheUntamed lives on in each and every one of us.

And to the #SheUntamed riders embarking on the epic adventure of the 2024 Absa Cape Epic, know that you carry the hopes and dreams of a movement on your shoulders. You are not just participants in a race – you are pioneers, trailblazers, and champions of change. May your journey be filled with courage, strength, and boundless joy as you ride forth into the unknown. And remember, as you conquer the trails and push the boundaries of what is possible, you inspire us all to embrace the untamed spirit within. Ride on, #SheUntamed warriors, for the world awaits your triumph with bated breath.

Make sure to follow all the action of the 2024 Absa Cape Epic starting on 17 March and follow the #sheuntamed riders as they conquer the beast.



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