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Planning

Mountain Bike Lifestyle
Multi Day Stage Races
Why do the Epic
Choosing a Partner
The Real Cost
Getting Sponsorship 


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Mountain Bike Tours in South Africa

 

The Magic of the Cape Epic

 

The Cape Epic Magical and Untamed African Mountain Bike Race, a great inspiring name conjured up by the organisers. Little did they know that it would become superfluous, because 5 years later all you need to say is ďThe EpicĒ and thatís enough to raise an eyebrow. In such a short space of time word has spread especially amongst everyday people who donít even ride a bike. It is amazing how widely the story has travelled and how it has created a common purpose for non cyclists who know an Epic rider. I guess thatís part of the magic of it. Successful and hardened ironman triathletes wonder in awe how you manage to complete this amazing feat.

 Cape Epic 2005

The Cape Epic was the first ever stage race in South Africa. Despite the luke warm reception from some skeptics the race started off well in its first year and just got better from there on. Subsequently many smaller stage races emerged, and it is arguable that the Epic has created the new stage racing market. But the Cape Epic remains the ultimate challenge and the benchmark. The level of competition at the Cape Epic has been increasing every year. This is evident from the level of competition at the front of the field as well as the increasing speed of the mid pack and the increased level of preparation of the back markers.

As more and more people discover the magic of completing such a tough event they realise just how the impossible suddenly becomes achievable. To rub shoulders with the worlds best riders were an interesting dynamic of mutual respect emerges. Back markers wonder in awe how the pros manage to race at average speeds exceeding 30km/h and finish by mid morning. Meanwhile the pros show great admiration for the courage and endurance of the backmarkers who spend over 8 hours a day in the saddle, day after day.

The start at Knysna seems surreal as you can no longer contain the energy, nerves and anticipation of getting on the road. You start the race not knowing how you are going to finish or how you are going to get there. All you have is the faith in your partner, your training, ability and your bike. For 8 days and over 900km you will ride from water point to water point, town to town and day to day until you arrive in Lourensford. The first days seem impossible the middle days blur and the final days pass too quickly.

The post epic depression is common for all. The struggle to return to a life of normality far removed from the mindless peaceful pedaling of your bike with nothing but mountains all around you. For some once is enough, others would love to be back and then there are a few who return year after year. Wiser stronger and better prepared, it never gets easier just more challenging.

The epic decision and getting an entry

 

 

 

     

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