Cape epic

cape epic

What is the Cape Epic?

The Cape Epic is awarded UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) status, the first ever team mountain bike stage race, and at the time the only mountain bike race in Africa to appear on the UCI calendar. The Cape Epic surpasses 2500 hours of global TV hours to become the most televised mountain bike race of all time.

Where will the 2022 Absa Cape Epic take place?

The 2022 Absa Cape Epic returns to three of South African mountain biking’s most storied destinations on its 657-kilometre trail to Val de Vie. Brutal climbs, scintillating singletrack and arduous exposure to Africa’s heat and dust will ensure every finisher medal will be hard earned.

What is the Absa Cape Epic’s route like?

The Absa Cape Epic’s route is one of the life’s ever-changing constants. No two editions, in the race’s 18-year history, are alike. There are, however sections, trails and destinations which warrant repeated visits. For 2022 the three race villages demanded fresh appointments with the world’s premier stage race.

What is the pre-Cape Epic bike race?

A mountain bike race held at the Grand Finale venue the morning of the Cape Epic finish, it is designed to allow riders to finish in time to see the winning Cape Epic riders cross the finish line.

Is the Cape Epic really worth the cost?

The real cost of the Cape Epic is never what you think it is. I have yet to meet an Epic rider who feels that the cost was not worth the experience. It kind of raises the question, Can you afford not to do the race? A comparison to any other multi-day event is not really possible or fair, because the Cape Epic is one of a kind.

How does Cape Epic compare to other multi-day races?

A comparison to any other multi-day event is not really possible or fair, because the Cape Epic is one of a kind. On a day for day basis there are other multi stage races that cost more but most are probably less. Getting into the race is the easiest and cheapest part of the race.

How long does it take to run the Cape Epic?

Race week lasts 8 days and typically covers around 700 kilometres (435 mi). The shortest Absa Cape Epic will be in 2016 at 647 kilometres (402 mi), the longest route being in 2008 at 966 kilometres (600 mi). The route originally was a point-to-point race, beginning in Knysna and ending in the winelands of the Western Cape.

What is the Absa Cape Epic’s route like?

The Absa Cape Epic’s route is one of the life’s ever-changing constants. No two editions, in the race’s 18-year history, are alike. There are, however sections, trails and destinations which warrant repeated visits. For 2022 the three race villages demanded fresh appointments with the world’s premier stage race.

What is the Absa Cape Epic’s first stage like?

The first marathon stage of the 2022 Absa Cape Epic leaves nowhere to hide. Scaling King’s Climb is the first order of the day. A brutally long and steep ascent from Lourensford Wine Estate to the heights of the Helderberg Mountains, it will stretch the field for the long Red Route descent of the Helderberg Trails.

What is the Absa Cape Epic 2022?

In 2022, the Absa Cape Epic explores the trails of Greyton like never before. It begins with a day backloaded with singletrack; thus, the opening kilometres of Stage 3 are characterised by the other Absa Cape Epic essentials: heat and dust.

Is the Absa Cape Epic the toughest race in Africa?

Billed as magical and untamed, the Absa Cape Epic – staged towards the end of March every year - is also considered one of the toughest races of its kind.

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