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The Absa Cape Epic 2016 route has been revealed and will contain more singletrack than ever before in the race’s 12-year-history. A total of 110km of the 654km route will be made up of singletrack trails as the eight-days of riding takes riders from Meerendal Wine Estate to Tulbagh, Wellington, Stellenbosch and back to Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.

Although the 654km is shorter than previous years it includes more climbing per each of those kilometres than ever before. In 2016 riders will gain 15000m of vertical gain during the prologue and seven stages. 

The world’s premier mountain bike stage race returns to Meerendal Wine Estate on March 13 for the 26km Prologue. Riders will then transfer to Tulbagh and lots of exhilarating new singletrack on Stages 1 and 2. Stage 3 runs south from Tulbagh to Wellington and the next day’s Stage 4 will be spent on the legendary trails of Welvanpas. Stage 5 includes five rugged climbs between Wellington and the new race village at Boschendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. Stage 6 will introduce riders to the mountain biking delights of the Stellenbosch region before Stage 7 takes them to the Grand Finale again at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville … and the well-deserved status of Absa Cape Epic Finisher.


 
 

Prologue

Sunday, March 13, 2016
Distance
26km
Climbing
700m
Start Location
Meerendal
Finish Location
Meerendal
Max Stage Time
3 hours

 

Stage 1

Monday, March 14, 2016
Distance
108km
Climbing
2300m
Start Location
Saronsberg
Finish Location
Saronsberg
Max Stage Time
10 hours

 

Stage 2

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Distance
93km
Climbing
2200m
Start Location
Saronsberg
Finish Location
Saronsberg
Max Stage Time
9 hours 30 minutes

 

Stage 3

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Distance
104km
Climbing
2150m
Start Location
Saronsberg
Finish Location
CPUT Wellington Campus
Max Stage Time
9 hours 15 minutes

 

Stage 4

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Distance
75km
Climbing
1850m
Start Location
CPUT Wellington Campus
Finish Location
CPUT Wellington Campus
Max Stage Time
7 hours

 

Stage 5

Friday, March 18, 2016
Distance
93km
Climbing
2500m
Start Location
CPUT Wellington Campus
Finish Location
Boschendal
Max Stage Time
8 hours 30 minutes

 

Stage 6

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Distance
69km
Climbing
2100m
Start Location
Boschendal
Finish Location
Boschendal
Max Stage Time
6 hours 30 minutes

 

Stage 7

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Distance
86km
Climbing
1200m
Start Location
Boschendal
Finish Location
Meerendal Wine Estate
Max Stage Time
7 hours 15 minutes

 

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