Mountainbikers from all over the world have tackled once more the demanding 8-day race through South Africa's Western Cape. From the iconic slopes of South-Africa's Table Mountain National Park – to the craggy shoreline of the Southern Coast. Team Bikehigh was one of them and finished the Cape Epic 2019.
An epic journey with epic rides. An epic scenery and exclusive coaching for the Bikehigh duo partner. Eight days, roughly 700 untamed kilometres of unspoilt scenery and 16.650 meters of climbing – the bare statistics tell less than half the story. Rugged mountain trails, bone jarring dual tracks, windswept gravel roads and, yes, sand lie between the Prologue at the University of Cape Town and the trail to the Grand Finale at Val de Vie Estate.
The Absa Cape Epic must be completed by both members of a two-person team with only 650 teams allowed to ride the race. The route changes every year, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountainbikers from around the world. The Absa Cape Epic is the most televised mountainbike race in the world and the only eight-day mtb stage race, classed as hors catégorie by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
This is a reflection of modern Africa, where urbanization spreads to the edge of wilderness – riders will roll out of celebrated towns, straight into the hinterland where heaven and hades are the opposite sides of the same coin.