The Absa Cape Epic has been called the most challenging mountain bike race in the world. First held in 2004, the vent draws riders from all over the world to compete in an
eight-day stage race across the Western Cape of South Africa.
With one day for the prologue and then seven more days of
stage racing, the racers battle to see which teams can complete
the race with the lowest total time in a variety of classes.
The Cape Epic covered a total of 402 miles this year, the short-est length on record (the longest, at 600 miles, was in 2008). A
total of 1200 riders (comprised of 600 two-person teams) compete each year, spread out among both Amateur and Pro divisions.
Due to the rigor of the event and a race route that changes every
year, the Cape Epic is widely regarded as mountain biking’s Tour
Team spirit: American Jeremiah Bishop pushes up the mountain
behind teammate Erik Kleinhans on their way to 10th overall in the
Pro Men’s ranks. Photo: Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS
Reflections: The climate of South Africa in
March is similar to the climate of Southern
California in September. Photo: Ewald Sadie/Cape