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MTN-Qhubeka swap bikes for boots to hike up Table Mountain - gallery

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Mark Cavendish is followed by Daniel Teklehaimanot

Mark Cavendish is followed by Daniel Teklehaimanot
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The MTN-Qhubeka team at the top of Table Mountain

The MTN-Qhubeka team at the top of Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

Table Mountain
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Looking down over Cape Town

Looking down over Cape Town
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King of the mountain: Daniel Teklehaimanot celebrates reaching the summit

King of the mountain: Daniel Teklehaimanot celebrates reaching the summit
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Jacques Janse van Rensburg enjoying the hike

Jacques Janse van Rensburg enjoying the hike
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A second group of riders reach the top

A second group of riders reach the top
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More riders reach the top

More riders reach the top
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Kanstantsin Siutsou performs the Qhubeka salute

Kanstantsin Siutsou performs the Qhubeka salute
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Staff gather at the top

Staff gather at the top
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Edvald Boasson Hagen looking to gain a couple of extra metres

Edvald Boasson Hagen looking to gain a couple of extra metres
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Edvald Boasson Hagen gets up to the highest vantage point

Edvald Boasson Hagen gets up to the highest vantage point
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Riders on the mountainside

Riders on the mountainside
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The views from the top of Table Mountain were stunning

The views from the top of Table Mountain were stunning
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New signing Bernard Eisel on his way up

New signing Bernard Eisel on his way up
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Songezo Jim leads the way, followed a couple of places back by Rolf Aldag

Songezo Jim leads the way, followed a couple of places back by Rolf Aldag
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The riders and staff look up at the mountain ahead of the hike

The riders and staff look up at the mountain ahead of the hike
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The team gathers for the start of the hike

The team gathers for the start of the hike
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The team gathers for the start of the hike

The team gathers for the start of the hike
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The team gathers for the start of the hike

The team gathers for the start of the hike
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The team gathers for the start of the hike

The team gathers for the start of the hike
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The team make their first steps and set off uphill

The team make their first steps and set off uphill
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The team make their first steps and set off uphill

The team make their first steps and set off uphill
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The team gathers for the start of the hike

The team gathers for the start of the hike
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The riders make their way up the mountain

The riders make their way up the mountain
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Merhawi Kudus seems to be enjoying himself

Merhawi Kudus seems to be enjoying himself
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The heat gets to Edvald Boasson Hagen

The heat gets to Edvald Boasson Hagen
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Kristian Sbaragli makes his way to the top

Kristian Sbaragli makes his way to the top
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The MTN-Qhubeka team swapped bikes for hiking boots on Tuesday as they, along with their new recruits, headed for the hills to walk up Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

It was an early start for all as the team left their waterfront hotel just after 7am. Despite that, the temperature was in the mid-20s and it would only rise throughout the day. After locating the whereabouts of the sun cream, and after a safety briefing from the guides, they set off.

With some only arriving to the camp as late as Monday, it was a good opportunity for the current crop to meet the new guys.

The pace took its toll and by the time that they reached the top, they had split into much smaller groups. Jay Thompson and Daniel Teklehaimanot were among the first over the top, while Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw brought up the rear.