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Cape Epic 2012

Date range:
March 25 - April 1, 2012

The Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race will take place from March 25 to April 1, 2012. Expected to be as challenging as in previous years, both local and international mountain bike enthusiasts will take on the demanding, eight-day adventure over 781km and with 16300m of climbing from Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanvilla to Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, South Africa.

The route, which changes significantly each year, will lead 1200 cyclists through vast distances of virgin territory, previously untouched by the race. With its challenging and exhilarating landscapes, the stage locations of Meerendal, Robertson, Caledon and Oak Valley (Elgin Valley) await the most prestigious mountain bike stage race in the world, before riders again finish at the Lourensford Wine Estate as has been tradition for the past six years.

Many of the top World Cup racers are expected to stay in South Africa after the first World Cup and participate in the Cape Epic as they continue their training for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Racers will compete in teams of two in the following categories: Men, Women, Mixed, Masters.

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Races

  1. Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander of 36One-Songo-Specialized, prologue winners during the Prologue of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike
    PrologueSunday, March 25 2012
    Location:
    Meerendal in Durbanville - Meerendal in Durbanville
    Distance:
    27km
  2. Burry Stander & Christoph Sauser of the 36One-Songo-Specialized team
    Stage 1Monday, March 26 2012
    Location:
    Robertson - Robertson
    Distance:
    115km
  3. Karl Platt of the Bulls celebrates after crossing the line to complete the win with his partner Stefan Sahm (unseen) as Hannes Genze of Multivan Merida Biking (L) looks on during stage 2
    Stage 2Tuesday, March 27 2012
    Location:
    Robertson - Robertson
    Distance:
    119km
  4. Christoph Sauser of 36One-Songo-Specialized waves to the crowd as he leads his team towards the line to win stage 3
    Stage 3Wednesday, March 28 2012
    Location:
    Robertson - Caledon
    Distance:
    147km
  5. Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander of 36One-Songo-Specialized celebrate as they cross the line to win stage 4
    Stage 4Thursday, March 29 2012
    Location:
    Caledon - Caledon
    Distance:
    105km
  6. Sally Bigham during stage 5 of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from the Overberg Primary
    Stage 5Friday, March 30 2012
    Location:
    Caledon - Oak Valley in the Elgin Valley
    Distance:
    119km
  7. Riders climb Nuweberg above Eikenhof Dam
    Stage 6Saturday, March 31 2012
    Location:
    Oak Valley in the Elgin Valley - Oak Valley in the Elgin Valley
    Distance:
    85km
  8. Christoph Sauser of 36One-Songo-Specialized and Burry Stander of 36One-Songo-Specialized celebrate after winning the Cape Epic
    Stage 7Sunday, April 1 2012
    Location:
    Oak Valley in the Elgin Valley - Lourensford Wine Estate
    Distance:
    64km
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