Absa Cape Epic
Offroad biking © Gary Perkin
The Absa Cape Epic has established itself as a prestigious international sporting event, attracting a competitive field of riders eager to compete against the best or simply to finish the gruelling eight-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 winds through gruelling, but spectacular surroundings. The race covers 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.
Participants and spectators can enjoy wine tasting, fine dining and live entertainment in the afternoon. Special activities such as magicians, balloon artists and jumping castles are laid on for the children.
Venue: Start: Gordons Bay; Finish: Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West
Date: 19 – 26 March