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About the Absa Cape Epic

The spectacular new route of the Absa Cape Epic promises to be as exciting and challenging as previous years. The route, which changes significantly each year, will lead 1200 participating cyclists, world champions and dedicated amateurs, through vast distances of challenging terrain.

With its unexplored landscapes, the stage locations of Citrusdal, Tulbagh, Wellington and Stellenbosch await the most prestigious mountain bike stage race in the world, before riders again finish at the Lourensford Wine Estate, as has been tradition since 2007.The Absa Cape Epic prologue returns to Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville with a brand new prologue route.

Set off with a bang, riders will leave the start chute riding through the historic Meerendal Manor House and almost immediately thereafter face a challenging climb up "Stairway to Heaven" to the top of Dorstberg, a mountain top boasting magnificent 360 degree views of world famous landmarks such as Table Mountain, Robben Island and Cape Point. Stage 1 is a 103km loop on virgin Absa Cape Epic territory, starting and finishing in Citrusdal, a small farming town at the foot of the majestic Cederberg Mountain Range.

The stage one starts with a bang, climbing from the word go – up Piekenierskloof on relatively smooth roads. As the gradient flattens out, it will be the sandy surface slowing riders down as they scale the first major obstacle of the day. aim to offer all our participants from around the world a spectacular route which showcases the best the Western Cape has to offer.

Every year we introduce new routes, with suitable technical and challenging riding, that take the riders to new towns and at the same time offer them magnificent scenery, with some of Africa’s wild animals to boot.

To avoid disappointment it is advisable to book your accommodation well in advance for this event. Visit the Durbanville Accommodation pages to find guest houses, hotels and self catering places to stay and for additional info about Durbanville which includes attractions, restaurants and things to do, see Durbanville Info.

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This event has already taken place13-20 March 2016

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