Absa Cape Epic
The Absa Cape Epic has established itself as a prestigious international event, attracting a competitive field of riders eager to compete against the best or simply to finish the gruelling nine-day off-road race. The event has become the largest full service mountain bike race in the world and is the most televised mountain bike race ever. The route is changed every year, but always offers riders a ride through gruelling, but spectacular surroundings, across 559 miles (900km) of unspoilt nature with about 52,493 feet (16,000m) of climbing over some of the most magnificent passes in South Africa. The final day offers spectators and enthusiasts the chance to participate in the festivities with a one day mountain bike race, the Cape Times Vigne à Vigne, as well as a six-mile (10km) trail run. Participants and spectators can enjoy the carnival atmosphere in the afternoon with wine tasting, fine dining and live entertainment, while special activities are laid on for the children that include jumping castles, magicians and balloon artists.
Venue: Start: Gordons Bay; Finish: Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West
Date: 17 to 24 March 2013