On March 23rd, Brian Grossman (Founder and volunteer of KIDS in the GAME) and Tom Turley, both 48 years young, braved 8 days of endurance mountain biking as they took on the grueling CAPE EPIC, which is known as the “Untamed African MTB Race.” This challenging race took place in the Cape Region of South Africa as Brian and Tom covered the full distance of 715 kilometers over mountainous terrain with 48,720 feet of vertical climbing while facing temperatures over 100°F.
Hear what Brian and Tom had to say after the race!
After a couple days of recovery, we are finally coming up for some air and feeling a bit better. The last 2 days of the Cape Epic really knocked it out of us. Now with a moment to reflect, I couldn’t be more thrilled with the overall result of this mission. Tom and I managed through the 8 days, 718 kilometers, 48,720 feet of climbing with no major mechanicals, no flats (a miracle), and no crashes — lots of laughs, some in the ‘pain cave’ suffering, and a stronger friendship having shared this special lifetime experience. We did not break any records, but thrilled to have made it through.
Way more important than crossing that finish line, is the success achieved with the “Cape Epic for Kids” campaign. The $48,720 goal was well surpassed; to date we have raised $61,237 (with donations still coming in!) to help disadvantaged youth now have the chance to play organized sports. This is a tremendous accomplishment that all donors and supporters of KIDS in the GAME can be proud of.
We would like to thank each and every one of our 1,000 Foot Supporters, individual donors, family, friends and the fantastic team at KIDS in the GAME for helping make this experience a total success on all fronts.