The Absa Cape Epic is the world’s premier MTB stage race. It is held in a place where anything and everything can happen, Africa.
Since inception, thousands of riders have taken up the challenge of The Race That Measures All, each for their own reason and each with their own story of success of dramatic failure. Here’s 5 reasons why the Absa Cape Epic needs to be on your bike-it list:
- Rub shoulders with the pros: The Absa Cape Epic offers a unique situation where professional mountain bikers and serious amateurs are racing and existing in the same space – a Race Village deep in the furthest reaches of the Western Cape. The amateurs will need to overcome the same challenges that the pros face during the race as they are required to race the exact same route as the world’s best.
- Experience Africa on two-wheels: The Absa Cape Epic route changes each year and takes riders, both professional and amateur, through the magnificent Western Cape of South Africa. Riders can expect breathtaking vistas, bone-rattling descents, lung-bursting climbs and everything in-between as the route covers 700 kilometres and 16 000 metres of climbing over the course of eight days. Animal encounters of the not-so-friendly-kind have, on occasion, been known to occur!
- The ultimate test of man and machine: Africa is harsh testing ground, for both man and machine. Many brands use the Absa Cape Epic as a test for new prototypes ahead of the upcoming season. Machines aside, there’s no more demanding a place on body and mind for mountain bikers than Africa.
- Solidify relationships: The Absa Cape Epic is a two-person team race and, during the race, riders cannot be more than two minutes apart. Partnerships are trialled and tested on a daily basis as teams go to depths they’d never comprehended in pursuit of a spot in The Book of Legend. No team will ever forget their time during The Race That Measures All.
- The bragging rights: No Absa Cape Epic is a walk in the park. Every kilometre has been painstakingly chosen to challenge every rider. Overcoming the mental, physical and emotional challenges earns riders a spot in The Book of Legend and the bragging rights of being able to call themselves an Absa Cape Epic finisher.