FABIAN RABENSTEINER AND HIS ABSA CAPE EPIC
My name is Fabian Rabensteiner, and I’m an athlete for Team Trek-Selle San Marco.
I have been riding MTB at the highest level for 10 years now. Adrenaline has always been an essential component in my life. In fact, when I was a kid I used to bobsled, and everyone knows that this sport also requires a strong dose of folly.
In MTB I am particularly fond of my victory in the 2014 “La Vecia Ferovia”, a gruelling race that takes place every year in Val di Fiemme, Trentino. Not only was it the first MTB race I won; I also got the chance to follow it live a couple of times, admiring the skills of the riders in the race. 2018 will feature lots of events for me and the team; however among all these I think one worth mentioning is the MTB World Championships in the Marathon speciality, which will be held in September in Auronzo di Cadore, where I am hoping to be among those qualifying; I will do everything I can to be ready.
From 18 to 25 March I participated in the Absa Cape Epic, the “Tour de France for mountain bikes”. It is one of the most compelling and thrilling races on the MTB scene and takes place on the Western Cape, in South Africa.
Inaugurated in 2004, the race features eight stages and covers about 700 Km, and every year the best riders from all over the world come to compete in this event.
The race is a pairs competition and Team Trek-Selle San Marco participated with two teams: I was teamed up with my friend Michele Casagrande, while the second pair was made up of Samuele Porro and Damiano Ferraro.
For me and Michele the 2018 edition was exciting: after two second places and a third stage placement, on the last day of the race we finally clinched a victory, which allowed us to close out the race in 6th place in the general classification. This was a really good placement for us and our team, considering the worthy adversaries and high technical level of this competition.
The Absa Cape Epic is a gruelling race, unpredictable, but with a unique appeal. It was already an honour to be there, but to manage to win and close out in the Top 10 was truly satisfying.
We prepared scrupulously with the Team in the weeks building up to this event, which is one of the most important races in the season.
MTB is a sport that requires effort, but the technical details of the equipment are an essential component, too.
This is why I decided to use the ASPIDE Racing Narrow Team Edition saddle by Selle San Marco for training and racing.
This seat is perfect for my physical build. In fact, in order to give the best performance I have always needed a soft saddle that isn’t too flat, one which can guarantee maximum comfort on the bike, and the technical aspects of this model are perfect for my needs.
Fabian Rabensteiner was born in Bressanone, on August 6, 1990. He currently lives in Villandro (BZ) and has been wearing the jersey for Team Trek-Selle San Marco since the 2015 season.