Absa #ConquerAsOne Winners Announced

The votes have been tallied, and the public have spoken.

Bicycling Race Editor |

Brothers Cecil and Francois Bosman – who cycled unaided down Africa over 18 500km for charity – narrowly won this year’s overall Absa #ConquerAsOne competition. The Bosmans ended just ahead of Dawie Theron and Nelis Coetzee – who combined weigh 260kg, and still completed the gruelling Absa Cape Epic this year.

With both stories being so worthy of the main prize, Absa have decided to award both teams Absa Pride entries into the Absa Cape Epic and both teams have confirmed that they will be lining up on the podium for the prologue in March 2019.

More about the #ConquerAsOne competition

The Absa #ConquerAsOne competition is about recognising riders who have worked together as a team to overcome adversity in the saddle. The competition took place in three phases including a reader competition hosted on Bicyclings website, an on-event rider competition – which acknowledged teams who conquered hardship during the 2018 Absa Cape Epic – and a final vote out between these winning teams.

Here are their incredible stories…

Cecil Bosman and Francois Bosman

Cecil and his brother Francois took on a mammoth challenge, and cycled from Marrakech, Morocco to Knysna, South Africa  – covering 18,500km, with no support. They used the trip as a platform to raise funds for Aids orphans. Overcoming many obstacles along the way, they supported each other to stay motivated and true to their cause, leading to an unbreakable bond between the brothers. Cecil and his brother Francois are a formidable team, the brothers hail from Knysna, where they took to outdoor adventure at a very early age. Cycling has always been one of their hobbies, and together they have triumphed over many challenges on the bike.

Read their full story.

Dawie Theron and Nelis Coetzee

Known as Team 2Big, Dawie Theron and Nelis Coetzee were the winners of the Absa #ConquerAsOne rider competition, and are arguably the heaviest team ever to have competed in the Absa Cape Epic, weighing in at an imposing 260kg. Despite their size, they decided to take on the 2018 edition of the race as Dawie was determined to tackle the event before he turned 50.

As the biggest riders in the field, in true #ConquerAsOne spirit, the two riders inspired others to believe in their ability as they fought hard to achieve their goal – and in the end they finished comfortably with a lifetime of memories from the race.

Read their full story.

Absa Cape Epic 2019!

Congratulations to Cecil and Francois Bosman, as well as runners-up Dawie Theron and Nelis Coetzee – who will all have to get in the saddle and log many hours on the bike, as they start their training for the 2019 Absa Cape Epic!

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