Ritchey products are born to conquer the toughest races---from the Tour de France to the Cape Epic in South Africa. Sure, like other companies, Ritchey employs state-of-the-art lab test machines to ensure our products meet or exceed CEN testing, but those tests only prove that your product can pass simulated lab tests. That’s not enough. It’s at World Class races where Ritchey products are truly tested to their limits and beyond. Real-world racing is honest. There's nowhere to hide. Either your gear is up to the task, or it isn't. Even by World Cup standards, the Cape Epic is exceptionally brutal on both bike and rider. There are miles of rock gardens, nearly endless sand dunes, and everything in between. Long, hot stages wear racers down. Things go wrong. You see parts break here that rarely break elsewhere.