The Absa Cape Epic is just that… EPIC! It is not for the faint-hearted and requires months and months of rigorous training. Imagine 8 days, 700 km for 1200 cyclists, with over 15 000 metres of climbing.
The Absa Cape Epic is in its tenth year and takes place from the 17th to the 24th of March 2013. Both local and international mountain biking enthusiasts will be taking on the demanding adventure, climbing from Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville to Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West. The route changes significantly each year, taking cyclists (both seasoned Cape Epic professionals and first timers to the challenge) through vast distances. The race will finish at Lourensford Wine Estate as has been tradition for the past 6 years but before reaching it, mountain bikers will move through incredible locations, including Meerendal, Citrusdal, Saronsberg in Tulbagh, Wellington and Stellenbosch. This is one of the most prestigious mountain biking races in the world.
Some interesting and awesome things about the Absa Cape Epic:
Ride in Teams of Two
All riders must enter as a two-rider team. Teams register in one of five different categories that include Men, Ladies, Mixed, Masters (both riders must be 40 years or older on 31 December of the year in which the race takes place) and Grand Masters (both riders must be 50 years or older on the 31 December of the year in which the race takes place). The minimum age of participation is 19 years on 31 December of the year in which the race takes place. The riders in a team must remain together at all times during the race and are expected to reach the finish line by 17h00 daily. At each stage, the winners of the day receive prizes and the leaders in the overall classification are awarded their leader jerseys.
Focus on Rider Satisfaction
The Absa Cape Epic is organised and presented with all participating athletes at the focal point. The athletes’ satisfaction, well-being and enjoyment of the race are the organisers’ primary goals. We aim to deliver an unsurpassed and unforgettable mountain bike and African travel-experience. Therefore, we offer 24-hour full service facilities during the race, including tented accommodation in race villages, carbo-loaded breakfasts and dinners, race nutrition, bike servicing, masseurs, and stage location specific entertainment every evening.
New Route Every Year
The route of the Absa Cape Epic changes every year and riders will see wide open African plains, majestic mountains, deep ravines, indigenous forests, spectacular coastlines and flourishing vineyards. The route is characterised by dusty and demanding gravel paths, strenuous rocky uphills, thrilling technical downhills, magnificent river crossings and stunning forested single tracks.
Full Service Race
The Absa Cape Epic is the largest full-service mountain bike stage race in the world. Race nutrition, water, and isotonic carbohydrate drinks are available at the feed zones to revive tired riders during the race. At night, all riders and race crew sleep in the tented race villages that are set up prior to arrival and taken down immediately after the start each morning by the race crew.
Are you brave enough? If not, do you know someone who is?