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Absa Cape Epic: The magical and untamed African MTB race

24 - 31 March 2007 - 2007-03-12

The Absa Cape Epic (Cape-epic.com) presented by adidas takes place every year around the last week of March and the first week of April. It starts in the beautiful Garden Route town of Knysna and finishes eight days later in style at the grand Lourensford Wine Estate, just outside Cape Town.

The route changes every year, and leads aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through approximately 900 kilometers of the unspoilt nature of the Western Cape and up approximately 16 000m of climbing over some of the most magnificent passes in South Africa. All riders must enter as a two-rider team. The Absa Cape Epic is organised and presented with the participating athletes at the focal point. Their satisfaction, well-being, and enjoyment of the race are the organisers' primary goals.

The Absa Cape Epic is the largest full-service mountain bike stage race in the world. Race nutrition, water, and isotonic carbohydrate drinks are available at the feed zones to revive tired riders during the race. At night, all riders and race crew sleep in the tented race villages that are set up prior to arrival and taken down immediately after the start each morning by the race crew. There are many ways to ride through the stunning Western Cape from Knysna to the Cape Winelands. The route is characterised by dusty and demanding gravel paths, strenuous rocky uphills, thrilling technical downhills, magnificent river crossings, and stunning forested single tracks.

Some of the teams taking part are even using the opportunity to raise awareness for charities, like Team Issues, that will be supporting a cause called the “Children-of-Winter” project. This specific project supports children in need during the cold winter months in supplying them with warm clothes/jerseys or jackets.

If you're too late to register you can check out the website and see how spectators can get involved, there's even a Spectator Zone. And don't forget to take a look at the Rider Blogs.