absa cape epic

Billed as magical and untamed, the Absa Cape Epic – staged towards the end of March every year – is also considered one of the toughest races of its kind

An eight-day, 700-kilometre mountain bike race through the Western Cape, it is a pinnacle event for both professional and amateur riders. The Epic is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world and the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classed as hors catégorie by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

It is long, it is brutal, but it is also a sought after ticket.

The route changes every year – more than 40 towns have been visited since the first Epic in 2004 – but what doesn’t change is the challenging traverse of the area’s iconic fynbos valleys, majestic mountains, deep ravines, indigenous forests, spectacular coastlines and flourishing vineyards.

It makes for spectacular riding – and viewing.