Riders Raise Awareness for CANSA at this year’s Absa Cape Epic
March 2016: For the third consecutive year, CANSA will be one of the official beneficiaries of funds raised by the 652km Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race taking place from 13 to 20 March. CANSA’s flag will be flying high during the eight-day event with 18 CANSA Active riders taking part and sunscreen points at each stage of the seven-day race, as well as wellness exhibits at the prologue and finish.
“The mountain bike race provides us with the perfect platform to create awareness of how to reduce the risk of skin cancer,” says CANSA CEO Elize Joubert. “As with any outdoor sport, participants and spectators are exposed to the sun for prolonged periods, placing them at risk.”
CANSA will be encouraging riders and spectators at the event to be SunSmart, providing free sunscreen at the Tulbagh, Wellington and Stellenbosch stages, as well as at the event’s prologue and grand finale, both taking place at the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.
In addition, CANSA is hosting health awareness exhibits that include providing free mole and skin examinations using a mole-mapping dermoscope device or FotoFinder at the Prologue (13 March) and the Grand Finale (20 March), both at Meerendal. “We’ll also be providing advice and support on how to reduce skin cancer risk,” says Joubert.
There are 9 teams of two cyclists supporting CANSA this year from South Africa, Spain and Australia, all riding under the CANSA Active banner. “Each of them has been affected by the dread disease in some way; and some are raising money for CANSA,” says Joubert.
“We’ve had local and international riders representing us since we started taking part in the race in 2014 and we are humbled by their determined efforts to inspire people to join the fight against cancer.”
Mother and Daughter Team
Two local riders are Capetonians Nicky Webb (50) and her daughter Mikayla (24). They are the second-ever mother and daughter team to take part in the race, which has been dubbed the ‘Tour de France’ of mountain biking and the most difficult mountain bike race in the world. Of the 600 teams, only 17 will be made up of women. It will be a real family effort as Nicky’s other daughter, Kim, will also be at the event acting as their team manager and masseuse.
Nicky and Mikayla are raising funds online for CANSA, with an ultimate goal total of R100 000. Says Nicky, who lost her father to cancer: “We’re doing it for cancer research, education and support. The places that the race route will take us are remote and there are no clinics for screenings. Our fund raising will enable mobile health clinics to get to these areas.”
All of the CANSA Active riders are helping CANSA raise awareness about leading a balanced lifestyle, playing sport safely in the sun as well as providing education on being cancer-aware by encouraging smart diet and lifestyle choices.
Support Our CANSA Active Riders
You can either make a general donation online, using the reference: Epic or send your message of support to the riders on social media.
You can also also support specific riders’ online fundraising pages by making an online donation: