It is assumed to be the toughest and most challenging mountain bike races in the world – the Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas. This year’s route change will see Cape Town as the start and also hosting the time trial Pro Log which will give every team its seeding time.

In 2008, I won a lottery entry for this event where entries are sold out literally in seconds. Unfortunately, due to work pressure and all the traveling last year, I decided to drop out and gave my ticket to a friend from the Atlantic Triathlon Club in Cape Town. Either way, got some friends from P.E. in town and had a chance to experience the Epic City with all the exhibitors and sponsors, and riders of course. I must admit the organization is fabulous, everything in perfect order and no stress at all.

Most of the teams are sleeping in tents during the 8 day race, some in Camper vans that are more comfortable. All the pro teams have their professional mechanics and masseuse with them – a must for such a hard track. The route consists over 700 km with over 17,000 height meters to be climbed up (and down) – definitely a demanding track with very technical single tracks.

The official website has live rider updates, interviews and all the latest rankings udpated online. Just saw that the founder of mountain bikes, Tom Ritchey, will be coming over from CA – awesome!

Today’s highlight was the riding of the pro log trail. Due to the fires in Cape Town, some parts of the track were closed, however we had an awesome time on the track up to Table Mountain and then declined from Kloof Neck over the pipe track back into Camps Bay. End of the 90 minute races – an ice cold beer in the pool 🙂

Below some pictures from today’s cycling:

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