Cape Epic Marathon
Did you know?
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 two-wheel challenges in a cyclist's sporting life.
For the past few years, the race has has started in Durbanville (about 30 minutes from Cape Town) and finished in Somerset West (about 45 minutes from Cape Town) eight days later. Stop over points have included Citrusdal, Tulbagh, Wellington and Stellenbosch.
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.
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'.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)21 426 4373
How to get here
Fly or drive to Cape Town. A different route is chosen every year, so contact the organisers well in advance to find out where you start from.
Best time to visit
The Cape Epic happens at the end of March and beginning of April annually.
Length of stay
The Cape Epic takes eight days, but build in a few days before and after. You may have passed a town or a place you'd like to visit at leisure.
What to pack
The Absa Cape Epic is the largest full-service mountain bike stage race in the world, so food and accommodation is sorted in advance. Bring your bike and kit.
Where to stay
An entire tented village is erected every night, but if you opt for the premium upgrade, you'll stay in a hotel or guesthouse and best of all, you'll have your own masseuse.