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Team Bulls, professional mountain bike squad, to ride HotChillee's Cape Rouleur in March

Monday 18th February 2013

HotChillee today announces that Team Bulls, the German-based professional mountain bike squad, will be riding in the Cape Rouleur. The team, made up of some of the world's most prolific mountain bikers, will cycle the 5,000m over 600km with the amateur participants of the Cape Rouleur.

Group 1 on Stage 1 of the Cape Rouleur 2012

The six Team Bulls riders taking part are Karl Platt, four times winner of the ABSA Cape Epic, and seven times winner of the Trans Alps; Stefen Sahm, three times winner of the ABSA Cape Epic with Platt; Urs Huber, who will be Platt's partner for the ABSA Cape Epic 2013; Thomas Dietsch, the reigning French Champion and World Cup winner in 2007; Tim Böhme, who will be Diestsch's partner for the ABSA Cape Epic 2013 and was the bronze medallist in the 2011 European Championships and fourth the same year in the World Champs; Simon Stiebjahn, who is to be Stefen Sahms partner for the ABSA Cape Epic 2013 and is the reigning European U23 Champion.

This will set some stiff competition for the desirable Yellow Leader's Jersey, which Platt took home after the inaugural Cape Rouleur in 2012. With more professional cyclists riding HotChillee events, there will be two jersey categories; one for the professionals and one for the amateur cyclists. This will provide recognition of the best amateur riders in the event.

Karl Platt (Team Bulls) racing for the Yellow Jersey on Stage 1 of the Cape Rouleur 2012

The Cape Rouleur consists of a Prologue, followed by three stages over 3 days and finishes with a Festival Ride. The Cape Rouleur takes riders through stunning South African scenery in the Western Cape. It passes sites such as Paarl Monument, the Perdeberg National Reserve and Betty's Bay. During the event Franschhoek, the heart of gastronomy and wine in the country, becomes the riders' race village and provides the perfect setting to relax and socialise after a hard day in the saddle. Following the third stage there will be a Celebration Dinner for riders and guests.

The Cape Rouleur follows HotChillee's winning multi-stage format, with rolling road closures, timed race sections, motorbike outriders, support vehicles from Vehicle Partner Hertz and an extensive support crew and mechanics from local retail partner Cycle Lab. It is organised to bring enthusiasts close to the professionals' grand tour experience, and with cycling professionals and legends such as Team Bulls cycling the event, it provides cycling enthusiasts the ride of their lifetime.

Karl Platt says: "I can't wait to get on my road bike and take part in the Cape Rouleur again. It's a tough challenge, with beautiful scenery. The HotChillee community is fantastic and I've met some great people. The organisation and support crews are faultless, making the whole experience unforgettable. The best thing about the event is being able to battle it out in the timed race sections and once the hard work is done, you can go back to a sociable peloton. A great mix of competition and fun."

Karl Platt heading up the Franschhoek Pass in the Yellow Jersey on Stage 2 of the Cape Rouleur 2012

Friedemann Schmude, Manager of Team Bulls, says: "I´m happy that my Team can be part of the Cape Rouleur 2013. The format is a great chance for both sides - professionals and amateurs - to not only race together but to also socialise and enjoy time on the bike in a beautiful and well-organised setting. Karl Platt had a great experience last year and used the Cape Rouleur as part of his ABSA Cape Epic preparations; this was an important part of the build-up. I expect my riders to benefit from the mixture of tough racing and relaxed kilometres to reach the peak of their fitness."