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No 2019 UCI World Cup for South Africa

No 2019 UCI World Cup for South Africa
The Absa Cape Epic announced today that it will not be hosting the opening leg of the UCI XCO World Cup Series again in 2019, but plans to present “bigger and better” versions in the following years.
Absa Cape Epic (managing director Michael Flinn) said: “After our initial and highly successful event this year the UCI has requested that we sign a two-year commitment. We have decided to aim rather for the 2020 and 2021 events,” said Flinn. “That gives us time to secure the sort of financial backing we would require to host events of the standard that we demand of ourselves. In fact, our team is already working on new plans.”
Flinn added that the Grandstand Management team which organises the Absa Cape Epic was very busy preparing the 16th edition of the Untamed African MTB Race –  “And of course we are already busy with our planning and preparations for next year’s Absa Cape Epic.”
‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of spectators that showed up for the 2018 World Cup event, the overwhelming number of people who supported us from afar and our incredible sponsors, crew, media and riders who put on an Epic show.’ added Flinn.