Cape Epic Marathon
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More than 600 2-person teams take part in the ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike marathon.
To the outsider, the Cape Epic Marathon looks like the never-ending race, performed by a lot of crazy people. To the insider, however, this South African cycling endurance marathon represents one of the biggest 2-wheel challenges in a cyclist's sporting life.
Some people describe it as 'a great feat of endurance that Everyman can do', but the frontrunners are thinking with great passion about factors like power-to-weight ratios, controlled diets and the necessarily strong bond between cycling partners on the road.
The Cape Epic Marathon is a very long and well-attended cycle race. Normally staged from Knysna heading west, the 2009 Cape Epic began in Cape Town in the last week of March and ran through 743 kilometres into the Western Cape hinterland, through coastal towns like Gordons Bay and inland hamlets like Villiersdorp.
Then on, into the Overberg, to the village of Greyton, across the Apple Trail and into the renowned Cape Nature Conservation biosphere called Kogelberg, where fynbos (fine-leafed vegetation of great biodiversity) is king. Most cycling endurance races in South Africa take you through unbelievably lovely countryside, and this event is right up there as one of the prettiest there is.
However, the route was designed to tax the system, to burn the athlete's bodies and to challenge their resolve. Cruel climbs, river crossings, fast sprints, rocky tracks, coastal meanders followed by more climbing, climbing, climbing - that's the essence of this cycling marathon, which takes 8 days to complete.
All this is why athletes from more than 40 countries enter this astounding mountain cycle race every year, some of them traveling for up to 35 hours' long-haul to reach Cape Town, rest up for a while and join what is known as 'The Magical and Untamed African Mountain Bike Race'.
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Who to contact
For more information contact the Cape Epic organisers on +27 (0) 21 426 4373 or email email@example.com