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Daunting challenge for Dawson

Well remembered for his sterling performance in the semi-final of 1998’s Commonwealth Games, ex-South African cricketer and now budding cyclist, Allan Dawson will be riding one of the most gruelling events on the international sporting calendar, the Absa Cape Epic.

Teamed with award winning businessmen and CEO of Pacmar, Kabous Marra, Allan and Kabous will be riding for leading sports and education charity, the JAG Foundation.

With an impressive 184 career wickets to his name, Allan Dawson played professional cricket for fifteen years. After his retirement in 2004, Allan – being an avid sportsman at heart – took up cycling a few years thereafter. ┬áÔÇ£One ride through the Tokai Forest is all it took and today I’m riding the Cape Epic!’ says Dawson.ÔÇ£Cycling keeps me fit and best of all, allows me to see the weird and wonderful places in and around Cape Town as well as meet interesting people.ÔÇØ

Averaging between 13 and 18 hours a week, the duo is in peak physical condition and confident to compete in this year race. Choosing the right partner is crucial, and both Allan and Kabous agree that teams often have varied strengths and weaknesses but a strong team knows how to find a balance and work together to obtain the best possible results.

ÔÇ£This is the race that all mountain bikers aspire to do, but very few get the opportunity to,ÔÇØ says Dawson. ÔÇ£I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have been asked by Kabous Marra to partner with him and we’re both looking forward to an incredible journey.ÔÇØ

Allan and Kabous, along with other top local sporting and business celebrities, will be donning their helmets at this year’s Absa Cape Epic as JAG AllStars. Initiated in 2009, the JAG AllStars supporters club invites South Africans to join local sports stars to help inspire and encourage South Africa’s youth through sport.

For those not participating in the full race, there is a call for entries into the one day mountain bike race, the MTN Cape Times Vigne a Vigne. Interested riders can register online at The Cape Times Lourensford Vineyard Run is a unique 11 km trail running race. The Vineyard Run (also on 28 March 2010) will start at 08:30, providing participants with beautiful vistas and numerous climbs through the idyllic and picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate.

Live entertainment for the entire family, including wine tasting, magnificent scenery and the finest food and wine will be on offer at the finish at Lourensford Wine Estate, as well as the opportunity to see the ever popular Watershed in action. Entrance is free.
Visit for more details and to see where the riders are online during the challenge.