The Absa Cape Epic 2018
The Absa Cape Epic takes place in the Western Cape and has been called the "Tour de France of mountain biking". Over a period of 8 days, cyclists from all over the world descend upon the Western Cape to traverse through 800km unspoilt terrain and over some of South Africa's greatest mountain ranges. The 15th edition of The Absa Cape Epic takes places from the 18 - 25 March 2018.
From the majestic slopes of Table Mountain to the magnificence of the Grand Finale at Val de Vie Estate with the addition of a manic time trial in between – the 2018 Absa Cape Epic route is balanced and bold and untamed.
Starting with 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 the Grand Finale at Val de Vie (which has also been announced as the home for the Grand Finale for the next five years).
The total distance of 658km with 13 530m of climbing will include four consecutive days of over 100km, again featuring the Land Rover Technical Terrain sections on each of the eight days. The final stage is far from an easy roll to the finsh-line and a race of truth with the re-introduction of a time trial on Stage 5 that could shake up the race amongst the elites.
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 finishers medal.
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