Time bonuses spice up Cape Epic

Competition at the Cape Epic stage race scheduled to begin on Friday will be made more interesting this year with the addition of time bonuses for the first time. Leading teams will race for time bonus advantages at various hotspots in the race. While time bonuses are common in road stage races, the Cape Epic is the first major mountain bike stage race to introduce the concept to mountain biking. The addition of the bonuses is expected to make the racing more strategic.

"In the first few years of the race, when typically one team dominated the race from start to finish, time bonuses would have made the race less exciting, since this dominant team would end up even further in the lead," said race founder Kevin Vermaak on www.cape-epic.com.

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