Cape Epic expands on road

For 2006, the organisers of the Cape Epic mountain bike stage race in South Africa have announced the expansion of their concept to an unprecedented dual stage race for mountain bikers and road cyclists. Roadies can now ride approximately 1200 kilometres under African skies, through the unspoilt nature of the Western Cape and over some of the most magnificent mountain passes in South Africa.

The seven-stage road race will start on April 23, 2006, a day after the mountain bike race, and end seven days later on April 29 at Spier Wine Estate. The world's first dual stage race will share stage locations so that a town will host the road cyclists on one night, and the mountain bikers on the next, or vice versa. On one of the middle stages, both road cyclists and mountain bikers will be hosted in the same town. The final stage will end for all participants at the Spier Wine Estate near Cape Town.

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