After 8 days of racing, covering a total of 657 kilometers and 17.250 meters of climbing around the stunning and brutal landscapes of South Africa, the Absa Cape Epic proved yet again that it's one of the most fascinating races within MTB racing.
Photos: Gary Perkin, Sam Clark & Nick Muzik
When the cream of the crop of Elite XCM showed up at Lourensford Wine Estate on Sunday the 20th of March to toe the line for the prologue, nobody questioned that they were about to take on one of the world's most challenging races.
Renowned for its heat and extremely dusty conditions, Cape Epic is a race that demands a certain level of determination from its racers. And with a course that throws anything from rocky singletracks, farm road double tracks, and big mountain climbs at the participants, you have to be a complete bike rider to contest for the win.