Sebastian “Sebi” Kienle, the 2014 IRONMAN World Champion and two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion triathlete, and Ben “The Hoff” Hoffman, six-time IRONMAN Champion and two-time IRONMAN World Championship top-five finisher, will team up and lead the 2018 IMF mountain bike team, one of three teams at this year’s Absa Cape Epic raising funds for the IRONMAN Foundation.

“Just like Kona is the pinnacle of IRONMAN racing, the Cape Epic is the pinnacle of the mountain biking world, and I feel fortunate to be able to have an opportunity to compete.” said Kienle, a long-time fan of the Absa Cape Epic.

Sebastian Kienle and Ben Hoffman will team up for Cape Epic 2018. (

The 15th edition of the Absa Cape Epic, 650 teams of two riders each will travel 700km and climb 15,000m across the unforgiving and beautiful landscape of South Africa’s Western Cape province over eight days.

Relying on their endurance strength, technical skills, and pure grit, cyclists will storm through forests, across mountains, down ravines, and along coastlines on a route carefully planned anew each year. Athletes end every day at a different location with accommodations, food, and other services to recover from the ride and rest up before the next day.

A sign of its prestige, the Absa Cape Epic is the only eight-day stage race classed as hors catégorie (beyond categorization) by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the same category as the iconic Grand Tours of road cycling.