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Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race South Africa

The Cape Epic the Magical and Untamed African mountain bike race has become the biggest cycling event in South Africa. Every year around March/April all attention turns to the most challenging race in Africa and one of the biggest mountain bike races in the World. The Cape Epic has put SA on the international cycling map with a bang. From day 1 the Epic was massive, well organised, an experience of a lifetime and addictive as the repeat riders will testify. For any cyclist it is a serious adventure and a challenge, but for the average cyclist it is an almost insurmountable challenge. Going into the race for the first time is an experience in itself, it truly is a voyage into the unknown. There is almost an endless stream of questions from supporters, spectators and participants alike.

Check out this online guide with links to some of the better resources, reviews and websites on the internet. 

Cape Epic Resources | Epic Team websites

Cape Epic News 
The official Cape Epic website is the race office for visitors and riders alike. It is a comprehensive site with just about everything you will need to know about the race organisation. There are also a few great resources like the forum where riders compare notes and get assistance on bikes, training and finding partners. Check under downloads for some really useful training articles and how to articles.

Absa Cape Epic 2013

The 2013 race route is as follows:

Prologue 17 March 2013 > Meerendal 23 km 700m climbing
Stage 1 Citrusdal > Citrusdal 103 km  2 500m climbing
Stage 2 Citrusdal > Saronsberg (Tulbagh)  145 km 2 350m climbing
Stage 3 Saronsberg > Saronsberg 92 km 1 950m climbing
Stage 4 Saronsberg > Wellington 106 km 1 900m climbing
Stage 5 Wellington > Wellington 75 km 1 800m climbing
Stage 6 Wellington > Stellenbosch 100 km 2 950m climbing
Stage 7 Stellenbosch > Lourensford 54 km 1 500m climbing

For accommodation in the stage finishes and locations check the links above to the relevant towns where the race village will be setup. Book accommodation early or be disappointed, as the Cape Epic fills up these little places where accommodation is at a premium.


Cape Epic Resources

An Epic Guide
This is a growing resource of information about Cape Epic experiences and advice on how to complete the Cape Epic. It is an inspirational and practical guide to finishing the Cape Epic. It is also useful as a training program and guide for mountain bike races and stage races in general.
Absa Cape Epic Wiki
The Absa Cape Epic now has an entry in the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

Cape Epic 2010 - How the race was won
Cape Epic 2009 - The next step in epic history
Absa Cape Epic 2007 Results
Top riders prepare for ABSA Cape Epic at Giro del Capo
Cape Epic 2007 World Cup Riders
Downhill racers at Cape Epic 2007
History of the Cape Epic

Participants websites

Cape Epic 2005 with Team Plan A 
An account of a successful first time visit to the epic

Cape Epic 2007 with Team Subaru 
Team Subaru complete their third epic. Check out the training plans, training camps, bike preparation and race reports.

Myriam Saugy prepares for the Cape Epic
29-year-old Swiss endurance racer Myriam Saugy tracks her training for the Cape Epic mountain bike race 2007. She completed the event riding in a Ladies team. Myriam Saugy's website

Cape Epic Journey
Worm and Horndog keep track of their journey to ABSA Cape Epic 2012 Again!

Cape Epic Training Guidelines
By Ian Roger from Bke Max

The Cape Epic Experience
Follow me through the training, preparation and race week of one of the worlds toughest endurance events. Heres how Im tackling the Cape Epic 2010 in South Africa; everything from bikes, training programmes and nutrition to mountain biking in Northern Thailand where Im based, and some light hearted biking anecdotes.

Team BBB - Cape Epic 2008
Back for the 4th epic this solid team will take you through their epic experience.

Christoph Sausers 2005 Epic 
A diary of the second placed teams event. 

Christoph Sausers 2006 Epic Victory
Check his blog for the 2006 event, riding for specialized with team mate Silvio Bundi, he pulled off a solid win. 

Louise Kobin's 2004 Epic 
A race review of the 2004 event.  

Enjoying the Ride 
Mario Correa's Epic training blog an account from a seasoned multi day event rider and has some interesting information on comparisons with the Trans Rockies, Trans Alps and La Ruta

Cape Epic 2005 Photos
Adam Baki's pics from the Cape Epic 2005. He traveled all the way from Hungary to take part.




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