Ride It | Preparation
SOUTH AFRICAN TRAINING CAMP
This training weekend, hosted by Day Trippers, will provide you with the opportunity to test your legs over 4 consecutive days of intense riding. Daily distances will vary between 85km and 125km and will incorporate certain key stretches of the Absa Cape Epic route.
Di and Steve Thomas are cycling veterans, who have extensively toured across America and Europe. Di has successfully completed the Absa Cape Epic 4 times as well as the TransAlps and the Freedom Challenge, while Steve completed the Freedom Challenge
Having been part of numerous trial rides for the Absa Cape Epic and being closely involved with the event they are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. Steve is also famous for serving the best espressos en route!
Dates: 12 - 16 December 2013 / 8 - 12 January 2014
Cost: R5 500 per person, sharing
Single supplement: R7 000 (subject to availability)
Please note there are no discounts for joining late or leaving early
The route includes parts of previous race routes to prepare you for next year’s Absa Cape Epic, with a good mixture of base mileage and technical riding thrown in. You will also receive advice on nutrition and supplements as well as a whole lot of useful tips and tricks to help you prepare for the daily routine at the race.
For further information and to make bookings please contact Day Trippers:
Phone: +27 21 511 4766
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CAMPS
Club La Santa / Spain
Venue: Club La Santa
Date: 24 January - 01 February 2014
Bookings: Please email your registration form to email@example.com or fax to 0034 928 59 99 93
One of the world's leading sports resorts, Club La Santa in Spain, is proud to offer the first official European training camp for next year's Absa Cape Epic.
Lanzarote, part of the Canary Islands and located about 100 miles northwest of Morocco’s coastline, is the ideal location to train for such an adventurous and extreme event; not only because of the similar road and track conditions, but also the warm and sunny climate in combination with the perfect training facilities at Club La Santa. This camp is not only for Absa Cape Epic (future) participants, but for all experienced mountain bike riders with a passion for stage racing (you should be able to ride 4-5 hours on a mountain bike daily).
The Training Rides
The routes will vary both in length and difficulty, taking you to the far south, through the fascinating Fire Mountains and up to the north with the view over the nearby island La Graciosa. The dramatic landscape of the island and the wind will challenge you on the lava fields, gravel and sandy roads, single tracks, jeep tracks and rocky descents. The daily rides will be between 3 and 6 hours, organised in different group levels. Five times Absa Cape Epic finisher Laurent Sillon, together with the hosts and Green Team bike guides, will offer you plenty of challenges, guidance and many unforgettable
off-road experiences. On top of that you will get the chance to challenge yourself and experience the race adrenaline in the Club La Santa 4 stage Mountain Bike Race (30 + 60k + 20k TT + 80k) taking place on the 25th - 28th of January 2014.
Camp registration and travel arrangements
The camp is restricted to guests staying at Club La Santa during the event. Pre-registration is required as we have a limited number of participants. The price for the Absa Cape Epic Training Camp is 130 € for 1 week or 150 € for the full 10 days, including all activities on the programme, sandwiches and refreshments on long rides, service car, event t-shirt, dinner and free entry to the Club La Santa 4 Stage Mountain Bike Race.
The full payment for the camp will take place in the welcome meeting upon arrival in Club La Santa. Additionally you will have to book and pay your travel arrangements (accommodation, flight, airport transfers, etc.) with your nearest Club La Santa office/ agency (see addresses on the back of this folder). Club La Santa reserves the right to cancel or change the event if under subscribed.
Laurent Sillon, 5 times Absa Cape Epic finisher will be the leader of this camp. He has been working at Club La Santa since 1994. From March 2006 he has been organizing all the popular Club La Santa Bike Weeks in co-operation with the Event Week Coordinator. Laurent has 30 years experience of cycling and MTB including some years of A-Level/advanced amateur level cycling in both Lanzarote and his home country, France.
Sally Bigham, 2 times winner of the Absa Cape Epic, Topeak-Ergon Racing Team rider, will be a guest on this camp. The 3 times British Marathon Champion. Over the last few years Sally has acquired lots of experience of marathon and stage races and she will be on hand to offer help and advice throughout the Club La Santa Cape Epic training camp.
Karl Platt, 4 time Absa Cape Epic winner, 6 time Transalp winner and winner of the Transrockies, Transgermany and other World Cup races. Karl helped out on the camp in 2012 and will be back in 2013.
Wales Training Camp
Two weekends of Mountain Bike training will be held in Wales at Afan Forrest to prepare riders for the Absa Cape Epic. This will focus on the technical skills required to ride the Absa Cape Epic. (The hard winter months endurance training will have been done whilst all these trails are under snow!)
Both days will include the choice of a long ride 3/5hrs – ‘Whites’ and ‘Skyline’ or a technical ride ‘The Wall’ (riders will be given the chance to practice descents and work on techniques). The weekend will allow participants to meet fellow riders, swap stories and tips. There will be nutrition talks and a screening of the Absa Cape Epic on the big screen at the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre.
Dates: 8-9 February 2014
Venue: Afan Forrest Park – (Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre)
Accommodation: Afan Lodge and The Queens
Master Coach: Nathan Brown
Travel: This is not included but the ‘convoy’ will leave from Pedal Studio in Wimbledon at 7am on Saturday morning (map available on website).
To book please email Andrew Clayton: firstname.lastname@example.org