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Cape Epic Fundraiser

Dr Hellmuth Weich, a pioneering cardiologist, will team up with Mannie Heymans, a champion cyclist, and take on the most challenging terrain the Western Cape has to offer in the ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike event, all in an effort to raise funds for SUNheart.



SUNHeart is a not for gain initiative of the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital to improve quality cardiac healthcare to a wider population by

  • Improving the infrastructure to enable better access for more patients to high quality care
  • Train more people to fulfil the growing need in this field
  • Do ethical research in cardiac diseases applicable to the South African population

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The ABSA Cape Epic is arguably the premier mountain biking event in the world today. The top riders from all over the world (including 17 world- and Olympic champions) compete from 23-30 March 2014 over a total distance of 800km with 15 000m of climbing.



Dr Hellmuth Weich, a cardiologist at Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital saw this gruelling race as an excellent opportunity to raise funds and improve awareness of patients with heart disease.

Mediclinic has a long association with the Epic and the Division of Cardiology and partnered with us for this initiative. They will sponsor the riders’ entry fee, kit and provide logistical back-up.

When Mannie Heymans, considered by many in Southern Africa to be mountain biking royalty, heard of the opportunity to help with this good cause, he did not hesitate to sign up. Apart from winning the Epic in 2004, he has won the Transalp race in Europe twice and participated in three Olympic Games.



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Dr Hellmuth Weich, a member of Stellenbosch University Division of Cardiology and SUNheart.

Mannie Heymans with Adrien Niyonshuti after winning the red jersey in the 2012 Cape Epic.