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  1. Reid started the 100th stage of the world’s most prestigious mountain-bike stage race in the Outcast special jersey for UCI riders, after teammate Gert Heyns was forced to withdraw on Monday’s Stage 1, due to illness. Reid has had an unfortunate run of luck at this year's Cape Epic. Two weeks before the race his original partner, US National XCO Champ, Howard Grotts broke his ribs in training and was forced to withdraw. The eleventh-hour team of Reid and Heyns were quietly optimistic that they could shake things up, especially in the fierce competition for the Absa African Special Jersey. The young cross-country specialists had started the week off well with a powerful performance at the Prologue at Meerendal on Sunday, where they finished fourth overall to claim the red African jersey. “On Tuesday's Stage 2 I started in C-batch and went hard from the start to try and get a good day’s racing done,” Reid commented afterward. “However, you don’t get the stimulus when you aren't with the front guys and what actually struck me was how much longer five hours felt today over yesterday. I think it's because I didn’t have the ‘racing’ stimulus – the chatting, reading other riders' body language, responding to attacks or carving singletrack together.’ Reid explained that riding back in the pack felt as though he was, “playing pac-man against himself.” “Yeah, you can sort of get into it, but after a while there are only one or two Outcasts out there and it gets kind of lonely – sure, you are riding your bike in a beautiful setting, but because you’re not racing, you’re not as emotionally invested in the day as everyone else… The sense of accomplishment is not nearly as big,” he said. Reid is philosophical about the situation, “this is bike racing and bike racing can be brutal, you do what you can with the cards that you’re dealt,” he said. Reid made the decision to withdraw from the race to start building toward 2016 African Continental Mountain Bike Championships on 2 April, at Afriski in Lesotho, where he hopes to gather valuable points toward Olympic qualification. With no UCI points on offer to Outcast riders at the Cape Epic, James needs to rejoin the hunt for selection. “I understand what a privilege it is to ride in the Cape Epic and I want to thank the organisers as well as my sponsors Spur and Specialized for all their support. But there are important races in the next two weeks that are crucial for Rio selection. So I will shift my attention to racing in circles really quickly for an-hour-and-a-half, as opposed to out in the mountains for five hours,” the reigning South African XCO Champion joked. Reid is adamant he'll return to the Absa Cape Epic to take care of unfinished business. “This event is incredible,” he said. “It really is all that it is made out to be – the pace at the front is brutal and just judging by the [low] number of riders at the sharp end who speak English as a first language, it really is a multi-lingual, international, professional bike race.” “Lessons learned. A lot of lessons learned. There could be more [if he stayed in the race], but I feel the gains would be marginal,” he said. “I’m disappointed to leave, but I feel like I have enough knowledge loaded in my mind to take on this race properly, with a fighting chance, in a year’s time.” “You really have to have a good strategy and a lot of experience; and you have to have the right partner and the best support – which I have had this year – to make a go of it, I’m excited for next year already,” Reid concluded.
  2. Good afternoon. It's Hector from Spain. I have participated in Cape Epic during last two editions and I want to be there also next year. If any of you have an entry to sell or need a partner, please let me know. Thanks/Gracias. Hector
  3. Anyone else doing the race next year? Let’s start chatting about the event leading up to race day in 2019, share ideas and tips for training! I’m doing my firts one so don’t know if must be nervous or excited, but for know I’m EXCITED!!! Good luck everyone doing this event next year.
  4. TECH ZONE BIKE SERVICE PACKAGE Tech Zone has been the preferred neutral tech support at the Cape Epic since the events beginning and are stoked to once again offer tech support. JP and his crew handle the checking and servicing of the bikes on a daily basis and guarantee customers to get the attention they pay for. To have a once in lifetime mountain biking experience and truly enjoy your adventure the Tech Zone Motto : You ride them, we fix them goes without saying. The tech support package for the Cape Epic includes a Pre and Post Race Service as well as daily race prep to ensure bikes are ready to race the following day. So if you haven't made your booking as yet, BOOK NOW as it gives you peace of mind and once less thing to worry about. For more information please contact JP / Saretha : info@recycles.co.za
  5. Paula Tully Physiotherapy is going to be at the Epic this year to offer physiotherapy and sports massage. The Epic Massage & Physio Package includes: Physiotherapy support at the finish of the Prologue (injury assessment and strapping only) 6 post-race sports massages/physiotherapy sessions (45 minutes) Strapping, bracing and dry needling as required The post-race massages will be done at the Supporter Village at the end of Stages 1-6. Massages will be offered on a first-come first-served basis as riders complete the stage. For more information or to book your spot, please contact Paula on 083 411 4214 or paula@tullyphysio.co.za
  6. Dear Valued Hubbers, We are honoured to be competing at the 2019 ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike race, in support of CANSA. (www.cansa.org.za) Our goal is to help raise awareness and funds for CANSA in support of their fight against cancer. We are very grateful to be offered this opportunity to help those who are affected by this disease, and we wish to contribute to this cause. We can do so with your support - together we can make a difference! We therefore kindly ask that you please support our cause and the fight against cancer, by making a donation, no matter how small - every cent helps, to CANSA at the following link: https://www.givengain.com/ap/cansaheroes/# (all proceeds will go directly into CANSA's bank account). We are also selling advertising space on our racing kit to companies who wish to donate to this cause. All proceeds will go directly to CANSA, who will in return issue tax certificates to donating companies. Please share with all your family and friends. Also follow us for upcoming fundraiser events! Many thanks for your kind support! Riaan van Wyk & Jacques Lotriet
  7. I have my entry sorted for the Cape Epic in 2019... But, I need a brave soul to join me in this adventure. This will be my 4th EPIC. Requirements: 1. Must have done the EPIC before. 2. Live in Cape Town - for training purposes. 3. Share ALL the costs; entry, massage, maintenance etc etc 4. Be in a similar age category (40++). 5. Committed to a training schedule and taking the committment seriously. 6. Most importantly - do it for the sheer pleasure of riding your MTB for 8 days. If you are keen then please pop me a message on the hub and we can take it from there.. Cheers Leon
  8. As a headline sponsor and official health club partner of the Absa Cape Epic, Virgin Active is giving away 1 of 2 team entries (including kit & support) into the race as well as an Absa Cape Epic Trippers Experience to the runner up member and their riding buddy. How? The Virgin Active Epic Battle – eight weeks of powering through four epic challenges, designed to actively motivate and exorcise the slightest hint of lazy from your body. Each of these challenges are linked to Strava and include both outdoor and indoor challenges. Competing contestants can complete their indoor challenges at Virgin Active on state-of-the-art bikes and by taking part in group exercise classes such as Ride, Shape, The Grid and POUND. The challenges can be done at the riders’ convenience, within set timeframes. Patrick Hardy, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Sponsorships at Virgin Active South Africa, says that the Virgin Active Epic Battle is designed to get riders to challenge themselves to reach their goals, have fun and be rewarded while Virgin Active supports them along the way. “So many of our members dream of taking part in this extraordinary race and we’re delighted to be able to give them a special chance to do so.” Even if you’re keen to take part in just one or two of the challenges, sign up as there are awesome prizes to be won for each. For full details on how to enter the Virgin Active Epic Battle, go to: www.virginactive.co.za/epicbattle The Virgin Active Epic Battle Challenges 1. Build The Base: 2 Oct – 15 Oct 2017 Ride 400km in total over two weeks outdoors and/or using Virgin Active’s Wattbikes.2. Head for The Hills: 16 Oct – 29 Oct 2017 Accumulate a total elevation of 5000m. 3. In for The Long Haul: 30 Oct – 12 Nov 2017 Complete two 4-hour sessions in the saddle, with a once-off moving time. 4. Riding With The Pack: 13 Nov – 26 Nov 2017 Attend four Virgin Active group exercise classes. Please note that all group classes will be bookable. What you’ll need to enterCreate a profile for the Virgin Active Epic Battle at www.virginactive.co.za/epicbattle and link your Strava account to track your rides. Choose your riding buddy. The challenges are open to all but to qualify for the grand prizes you need to be a Virgin Active member. Download the My VA app to make signing up for classes easier, or use the Virgin Active website. ONLY classes booked online will count towards your challenge entries. Challenge Prize Winners Overall Winner
  9. The world’s biggest and toughest mountain bike race route was announced yesterday. And if you’ve been eyeing a highly-prized entry into the 2018 Absa Cape Epic, Virgin Active is giving you the chance to get it – that’s if you’re willing to battle your burning quads, lungs and waning mental fortitude. Click here to view the article
  10. Hi,I'm looking for an entry(international) for the 2018 epic. Do you want to sell.... https://www.cape-epic.com/teams/2017/9608/atama Allard@atama.nl
  11. Two icons from the road, making the transition to the mountain for the 2018 Absa Cape Epic are Erik Dekker and Jurgen van den Broeck. Hailing from the Low Countries neither has any significant mountain biking experience to call upon, but they do each have an impressive palmarès from their years of racing on the WorldTour. Dekker, a four-time Tour de France stage winner and the ex-LotoNL Jumbo sports director, has reignited his competitive spirit as a Masters category rider. Dekker, a four-time Tour de France stage winner and the ex-LotoNL Jumbo sports director, has reignited his competitive spirit as a Masters category rider. “A year ago I was also convinced that I want to experience the adventure. Later on it became a race as well! Now both are possible” he began. “A year ago I was looking for a mountain biking experience. I have followed the Absa Cape Epic for years, but I was sure that if I wanted to compete in it I’d have to learn a lot to be ready to race eight days. Mountain biking is more than just biking! So I took some time to gain experience” Dekker reflected on his journey thus far. “During 2017 I gained more experience and I was getting really excited about mountain biking. In July I became Dutch XCO champion in the Masters category. After that I rode my first multiple stage race in Poland. I loved it, although it was very hard. Then in September I participated in the Crocodile Trophy, which was my big goal for 2017. I finished third overall, and won in the Masters category and I managed to win a stage, even beating the elite riders! I was very proud! Following the Crocodile Trophy Maikel Govaarts [an accomplished Dutch Masters’ XCO mountain biker and 2016 Absa Cape Epic finisher] asked me to ride with him in the 2018 Absa Cape Epic” Dekker continued. Having announced his intension to retire at the end of the 2017 season, Jurgen van den Broek is moving into a new phase in his life. “This year winners, Cadel Evans and George Hincapie, proved that there is a big competition in the Masters category. And that is what I like; competition, fight, race! Our goal is to be competitive in the Masters category and compete for a podium. We are also looking forward to battling with the 1996 Olympic Champion Bart Brentjes, a MTB legend in my home country Holland” he concluded. While Dekker has been retired since 2006, van den Broeck has only just hung up his road racing cleats. Having announced his intension to retire at the end of the 2017 season, the Belgian is moving into a new phase in his life. But like Dekker his competitive spirit remains fierce. “Taking part in the Absa Cape Epic was something I have always dreamed of doing after my retirement, because I really love cycling and staying in good shape. My primary goals are to really enjoy the race and the country, because I have been told that South Africa is really beautiful; but I will also be trying for a good result…” van den Broeck smiled. Taking part with his brother Kurt, van den Broeck is all too aware that the training conditions in Belgium are going to be very different to what they will face in South Africa come March next year. “I really do not have experience in real mountain biking” he confessed. “I do a lot in Belgium, but that is totally different to real racing. That difference makes the challenge so nice. We will build up as well as possible at home, maybe also with some training further south in Europe if we can. But when it is not too cold you can still do good training in Belgium, so I’m sure we will come in top shape to the start of the Absa Cape Epic.” Van den Broeck was once seen as a potential Grand Tour winner, but a series of injuries meant he never quite fulfilled that potential; though he did race to fourth position in the 2010 Tour de France. His all-round ability honed first as a general classification contender and then as a super domestic for Steven Kruijswijk at LotoNL Jumbo makes van den Broeck a potentially powerful mountain bike stage racer. Just how he and his brother will fair in the elite category next year remains to be seen though. At just 34 years of age, and given Christoph Sauser and Karl Platt’s Absa Cape Epic success into their late thirties, van den Broeck could well be quietly building towards success off road.
  12. I have done two Epics on the ever-popular Rocket Ron / Nobby Nic (front) and Racing Ralph (rear) combo. Of late the Racing Ralph has been particularly puncture prone. I guess it is the price you pay for the weight saving. In any event, it is time for me to explore other options as I am gatvol plugging tyres. Please share your favourite tyre combos for the Epic.
  13. The news comes shortly before the commencement of the ninth edition of this alluring yet testing event, held annually in the Western Cape. Cape Epic welcome the Wines2Whales to the global series. Image by Tobias Ginsberg With only two days to go before the start of the 2017 edition, director Michael Meyer says, “We are really proud of what our team has achieved in nine years, establishing an event that is viewed as the premier three-day mountain bike stage race. The four founding partners of the event, Hendrico Burger, Dezroy Poole, Johan Kriegler and I, along with our long-standing title sponsor, FNB, have enjoyed every step of the journey, and look forward to a new era for the event under new ownership.” Johan Kriegler and Hendrico Burger, both Wines2Whales directors, have a deep knowledge of the local terrain and have nurtured strong relationships with partners and the racing community. Both stay on to lead the event into the future. Johan Kriegler, who conceived of the route more than 10 years ago, says, “Now we are a big mountain biking family, with all the related benefits – support, shared expertise – and we are part of a larger movement to get more riders on their bikes, off-road, worldwide.” The 2017 edition of the FNB Wines2Whales kicks off at Lourensford in Somerset West, hosts riders at Oak Valley Wine Estate, and finishes in the seaside resort of Onrus. The inaugural event in 2009 hosted 300 riders in the Elgin Valley and the following year attracted an impressive field of 1,100 riders, with 300 on the waiting list. It fast became a target race on local and international riders’ calendars and entries were in such high demand that the race was extended to include three consecutive events (Adventure, Ride and Race). Four thousand athletes participate in what is now one of the largest 3-day mountain bike stage races in the world. For more information on the FNB Wines2Whales®, visit www.wines2whales.co.za For more information on the Absa Cape Epic®, visit www.cape-epic.com For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com
  14. I have an international entry to sell for the Absa Cape Epic 2018. If anyone is interested, send me an E-Mail, deadline for payment is 30/06/2017.
  15. The trophy is the latest initiative to raise the profile of women’s cycling at the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race. The Absa Cape Epic has had many firsts, paying women the same prize money as the men, creating a separate start group for the elites and attaining UCI points for the category. These moves have resulted in an increase in the quality of racing in the women’s elite category, with the race attracting the world’s best marathon and cross country athletes. The trophy for the top all-African team overall is a fitting tribute to Steyn, who won the Women’s category in the second Cape Epic in 2005 riding with South African Zoe Frost. Not only has Steyn won the Women’s category, she is also one of just four riders to have finished all 14 Cape Epics thus far. She is the only women in this elite group of Last Lions, which includes Craig Beech, John Gale and Mike Nixon. Steyn’s endurance and love for the Cape Epic persuaded the race organisers to name the new trophy in her honour. Pretoria artist Kgaogelo Mashilo’s design includes the Adinkra symbol of the Wawa Aba, the seed from wawa tree from West Africa. Hannele Steyn. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje. “The seed from the tree is renowned to be extremely hard and strong,” said Mashilo. “The symbol of the seed, which is very distinctive, speaks of toughness and persistence. It is a really tough seed. I wanted to use that to show that female Absa Cape Epic riders have the same toughness of the seed. The trophy will be bronze mounted in a hard wood, said Mashilo. “We are passionate about women’s cycling and always strive to uplift the category,” said Sarah Harrop, head of marketing and communication. “There have been several changes made over the years to ensure we build up women’s racing. When we made the prize money equal, many races followed suit, not just here but worldwide. The separate start for the elite women gives their event more prestige and improves the standard of racing. “We wanted a trophy that would touch on the strength of women at the Cape Epic, and this new trophy and category is vital in promoting African cycling. Rozalia Kubwana of the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy became the first black African women to finish the Epic in 2013. She has now joined the Amabubesi club and represented South Africa at the 2013 World Championships.” The Burry Stander Memorial Trophy is presented to the top all-African men’s team and has become a highly-competitive race within a race, with many of the South African teams targeting it specifically each year. The Hannele Steyn Trophy is set to become a category that will be hotly contested.
  16. Those who have ridden Cape Epic....what are riders using for wheels? Aluminum or carbon? What do you see the most of? I hear it is really rocky over there. Just curious....racing in 2018. Brian California, USA
  17. Hi, I have an entry for the 2018 Cape Epic and I had a riding partner. But that partner has just decided to drop out, leaving me no other option than to search for a new partner. What you should know about me? I'm a 53yo man, living in Europe and have finished the 2014 & 2016 Epic, middle of the pack (places 200-300). I take the Cape Epic serious (and will be trained well) but I prefer good memories and lots of laughing and fun above trying to win at all costs that one place to take me from 290th to 289th. What sort of partner am I looking for? Someone who adores riding a bike, is not too young (preferable master or grand master) and has the athletic abilties to ride a mid pack finish. A good sense of humour and positive view of life is important. Living in Western Europe could be a plus, so that we can meet before travelling to SA. But it is no must. And you will, to be clear, pay half of the entry. If you are interested, please don't hesitate to get in touch (via pm) and we can find out if a new partnership can get underway.
  18. The total distance of 658km with 13 530m of climbing will include four consecutive days of 100km, a final stage that is far from an easy roll to the line and a race of truth with a Stage 5 time trial that could shake up the race amongst the elites. “The last Absa Cape Epic to feature a time trial was in 2010,” said Race Director Kati Csak of the 39km (1430m of climbing) time trial in Wellington, the majority of which will be on the Welvanpas trails. “We’ve reintroduced it this year to change things up and also to give the leading racers an opportunity to attack their rivals. If a team had managed to secure a decent lead by this stage they would normally simply mark their rivals’ attacks, but you can’t do that on a time trial.” From the Prologue on the iconic Table Mountain, where the Prologue was last held in 2015, the 2018 Absa Cape Epic will visit Robertson, Worcester and Wellington, and finish at the Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschoek Valley. Riders will spend three nights in Robertson for the first three stages, with a transition stage to Worcester, where they will stay for one night before settling down in Wellington until heading to Val de Vie, which will be the home for the Grand Finale for the next five years. “We believe the route team have come up with a very balanced ride,” said Csak. “There are some days that will suit the strong climbers, others that will play into the hands of the skilled technical riders. Some days will favour riders able to grind it out for hours on end, but those with more explosive power will also be eyeing stages where they could strike.” In a break with tradition, the final stage of the Epic will not be the easy day it has been in the past, taking riders from Wellington to Val de Vie over a testing 70km with 2000m of climbing that will make riders earn that precious medal. The Cape Epic will once again feature the testing Land Rover Technical Terrain sections on each of the eight days, testing and also enjoyable sections of the route that will challenge the riders. “The route also amounts to a real test for amateurs … they’ll need to be fit and accomplished riders to make it through the eight days, including four 100km-plus days in a row,” said Csak Absa Cape Epic 2018 - The Stages Prologue: Table Mountain The Mountain Short and oh-so-very sharp. From the imposing buildings of the University of Cape Town riders will be sent up the most vicious climbs of one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Some may be left wondering about their legs after the first climb that has been given a name we dare not print in public, just 100m long with some sections ramping up to a 40% gradient. Table Mountain has one last punch for the riders, up to Dead Man’s Tree, before they find the masses of spectators who will cheer them on as they head on the loop back to the finish. One last challenge awaits, the eye-wateringly quick descent of Plum Pudding, the Land Rover Technical Terrain section. Stage 1: Robertson-Robertson Nowhere To Ride Stage 1 is never easy at the Absa Cape Epic, although this first day will welcome riders with a hard smile that will become a grimace of effort and endurance. A roll around district and farm roads to start is followed by some sharp kickers and the rock ’n roll descent on the rocky, rutted descent of Con’s Singletrack. Takkap Climb comes into play just before halfway and will be the biggest challenge of the day, brutally steep and rocky. Hey, this is Robertson. Everything is rocky in Robertson. The “Hidden Cliff” of Skuilkraans is part of a 14km uphill slog before some small reprieve and a few testing climbs through the Elandskloof Reserve. Land Rover Technical Terrain: Skid and Bones Descent: remote, neglected dual track where line choice has never been more important. Stage 2: Robertson-Robertson Against The Ropes This will be like a 10-round world championship boxing match, with a series of climbs that will throw jabs and uppercuts at the riders all day. Learn the names of these bumps, because you’ll remember them well. The Balboa, the Cow Climb, Kat se Pad, Kat de Stert, Neil’s Folly, One-Two-Three Combo, Suckerpunch Climb and, when you think it is all over, the Counter Punch Climb. There will be some fun with the 10km Bosvark singletrack swoop after 82km, which for many will be the highlight of the day. Keep something in reserve for the last 40km. Land Rover Technical Terrain: Bosvark singletrack, which is singletrack like no other. When you think you’ll be freewheeling down, the trail snakes upward and every inch is hard earned. Stage 3: Robertson-Worcester The Longest Day The transition day will be the longest stage of the 2018 Absa Cape Epic, but will not be the most challenging in terms of terrain. Well, except for the Porcupine Trap, a flat-out section through sandy fynbos trails toward the Saggy Stone Brewery that has porcupine dens that could swallow a man whole. The first 20km includes three climbs, but it is Penn Hill that is the main challenge of the day, a 3.5km brute of a climb that comes after 12km of uphill graft. This is thorn country. Look after your tyres on the run in to Worcester. Land Rover Technical Terrain: Penn Hill – an isolated, seemingly endless 3.5-kilometre climb consisting of loose rocks that arrives towards the end of 16-kilometre ascent. Stage 4: Worcester-Wellington Battle Royal The Queen Stage. The Tough Stage. One Stage to Conquer Them All. This will include two of the toughest climbs of the 15th Absa Cape Epic and the terrain will leave riders exasperated at times. There will be more singletrack than you could wish for. The testing Rawsonville and Smablaar River trails will prepare riders for one of the iconic sections of the 2018 route: The Slanghoek Valley trails, a throwback to the early days of mountain biking, before trails became smooth and “manicured”. The Slanghoek Traverse is a testing descent, while the Thudbuster is a loose and sandy climb that points to heaven but never seems to leave hell. The 9km of the historic Bain’s Kloof Pass is on tar, but feels like it is never-ending. The last 15km takes in the Welvanpas trails and is, mostly, a downhill roll to Wellington. Land Rover Technical Terrain: Goudini Spa Singletrack – brand new, purpose built mountain trail that viciously links Goudini with the Slanghoek Valley and its renowned trails, including the Land Rover Technical Terrain: a white-knuckle six-kilometre traverse across the valley where rogue rocks and bar-snatching brush lie in wait. Stage 5: Wellington-Wellington Against The Clock Flat out, but far from flat. The time trial is the race of truth, just you and your partner against the clock. This could shake up the elite categories, the intensity of the altitude gain and the short day catch a few of them out. Back in 2010, when the last time trial was held, Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser put a minute gap into their opponents. That could be more over the three, massive climbs on the day. Rondawel is first up after 5km, then Plantation at 13km and the Seven Peaks 22km in. The fun will come with the Bobsled bridge and the singletrack descents of Cool Runnings and Cool Runnings Two. Land Rover Technical Terrain: Seven Peaks Climb – the final push before the fun, the Seven Peaks Climb’s false summits may break a few hearts, but it grants access to the Land Rover Technical Terrain for the day. Stage 6: Wellington-Wellington True Grit And, on the seventh day, there was some small respite. This is the fun day of the 2018 Absa Cape Epic, but riders will still need to go up to earn the right to enjoy the downhills. So, before the 2km descent of the Rollercoaster, you will need to ride 2.5km of up. The Green Mamba climb is relentless, long and steep, but it comes with the reward of the Bain’s MTB Trails at Welvanpas. Fun times are to be had through the Handlebar Snatcher, Deadly White Climb and the Cheese Grater. There is just one more big climb at 58km, but the race village is not far away. Land Rover Technical Terrain: Cheese Grater – a furiously fast descent into the most remote section of the Welvenpas valley. Hold on, the Land Rover Technical Terrain has claimed many a victim before. Stage 7: Wellington-Val de Vie The Last Stand Remember when the last day at the Absa Cape Epic was a trundle home? No more. The climbing starts after just 3km on the Patatskloof (Sweet Potato Ravine). Concrete strips announce the beginning of the Beulah climb, which leads into the seemingly-endless Hawaqa climb, which together gain over 450m in around 6km. Once done with the Protea Climb, riders will be able to see the finish at Val de Vie, but have one last challenge: the Freedom Struggle Climb. The Bone Rattler descent is followed by a last 3km bump and a very loose and rocky descent where they will need to exercise caution. The final 6km is on purpose-built singletrack to the Grand Finale at Val de Vie Estate and the celebration of wearing an Absa Cape Epic finisher’s medal. Land Rover Technical Terrain: After the Freedom Struggle Climb comes the Bone Rattler – the final hurdles of the 2018 Absa Cape Epic. A rocky three-kilometre climb that is completely bare to the elements, followed by the final Land Rover Technical Terrain - one of the riskiest descents in the entire route and a place where your finishers’ medal could be at stake. https://www.facebook.com/capeepic/videos/vb.225941398318/10155849971358319/?type=3&theater
  19. Guys, i have an international team entry for Cape Epic 2018 to sell. Someone interested? Price is 6.400 USD (i've paid it in EUR and the exchange rate changed). Please PM only. Cheers Alex =============== SOLD ! ================
  20. Challenge yourself with USN and win one of two team entries to the 2017 Absa Cape Epic, plus a chance of winning USN online shopping vouchers worth R1500 each. Click here to view the article
  21. How it works The USN Epic Challenge is based on four individual challenges over an eight week period (12 October - 6 December 2016). Each challenge spans a two week period and will require you to achieve targets based on your Strava cycling activities.Successfully complete all four challenges and you will be eligible to win one of the two Absa Cape Epic entries available. Just for participating you'll also stand a chance of winning one of five USN online shopping vouchers valued at R1500 each. How do I enter?Sign up on http://usnepicchallenge.co.za/ using your Strava account; Start riding! Complete all four challenges and you could win one of two 2017 Absa Cape Epic team entries. The Challenges Challenge 1: Laying the foundations Ride at least 500km in two weeks. Dates: Wednesday, 12-Oct-2016 00:00:00 SAST - Tuesday, 25-Oct-2016 23:59:59 SASTChallenge 2: One big ride Go on at least one big ride spending at least 5 hours in the saddle (moving time) and covering at least 70km. Dates: Wednesday, 26-Oct-2016 00:00:00 SAST - Tuesday, 08-Nov-2016 23:59:59 SAST Challenge 3: Take on the big climbs Climb at least 2500m in a single ride of at least 70km. Dates: Wednesday, 09-Nov-2016 00:00:00 SAST - Tuesday, 22-Nov-2016 23:59:59 SAST Challenge 4: Ride, ride, ride Complete at least 3 rides (on consecutive days) with a total moving time of 12 hours or more. Dates: Wednesday, 23-Nov-2016 00:00:00 SAST - Tuesday, 06-Dec-2016 23:59:59 SAST USN is the Official Sports Nutrition Partner to the ABSA Cape Epic. We know that the fuel you choose will either make or break your performance, and that meeting your needs and making the right nutritional choices is critical.The unique product offering in the USN PureFit Range has been developed with the finest performance enhancing nutrients to keep your system optimally fueled and recovered, along with a refreshing lightly flavoured profile, and most importantly no artificial colourants, sweeteners or preservatives which may negatively influence your performance, recovery, and adaptability to planned activity. Well done to the two winners:
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