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.