Epic Cape 2010 Results

The final day of the taxing 2010 Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas saw riders cover 65km and 1640m of climbing, cycling from Oak Valley to their final destination at the Lourensford Wine Estate. As is tradition, the last stage was the shortest, but not easy! It's not like they've just won Ascot Hospitality Tickets!

Epic Cape Death

A 26-year-old Australian cyclist died in his sleep on Tuesday while participating in the eight day, 723km Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race.

James Williamson, who edited the Australian Enduro mountain bike magazine, was declared dead at 6.47am in the Ceres Private Hospital, where he was taken when his riding partner Shaun Lewis, 28, could not wake him, the organisers said in a statement.

Describing Williamson as a “strong young athlete”, the race organisers said he had an uneventful ride on Tuesday and had felt “completely well with no complaints” at the end of the stage.

Rider Blog: My First Day

Tony Ireland reports on his first day...

Hi All,

Well I have just finished what I can honestly say is my hardest day ever on a bike. Its a far cry from my normal Forex Trading days! The Cape Epic is described as the World's toughest MTB race and it sounds about right to me.

It is one of those events where you turn up and everyone seems to be just that little bit leaner than you, more focused, on a better bike and way more experienced. Standing on a start line packed with 1200 riders is something that has to be experienced to understand how it feels.

Epic Cape 2010 Just Days Away

The Absa Cape Epic will start this Sunday and South Africa’s landscape will be dotted with most of the world’s best cross-country mountain bike racers. This year’s route will have a new design. Each contestant must finish all seven stages and the time trial.

The 722km race will be for eight days where almost 1,200 athletes will be riding through South Africa’s Western Cape. A climb of almost 48,000 feet will be part of the challenge for the 600 two-man team.

New Rules for 2010

A new set of rules for UCI riders participating in the 2010 Absa Cape Epic, the only 2-person team mountain bike stage race on the UCI Calendar, has been announced. The former standard UCI rules of mountain biking, which are primarily created for Olympic format cross-country, could often not be strictly applied to the event.

More about the Cape

The Cape Epic is a Mountain Bike Race, with 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 “The Epic” and that’s enough to raise an eyebrow.

If I was betting for real money I'd say that only 25% of the people who visit this blog will be able to complete it - it's that hard!