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2014 Stage 1

Monday, March 24, 2014
Start Location
Robertson - Arabella Wines
Finish Location
Robertson - Arabella Wines



Each year, Stage 1 of the Absa Cape Epic is referred to as one of the hardest of the race, and it’s no different in 2014. The stage is as tough as it is beautiful with the most spectacular views rewarded after the most demanding climbs.

The day is characterised by a fast start to water point 1, where the real challenge begins. Three major climbs, all on rough surfaces, take riders through pristine fynbos deep into the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains. Tortoise Hill stands out with its double peak and precariously steep descent, followed by some relentless ridgeline riding and the sharp zigzag climb starting off through cooling pine trees before once again heading for the skies. Be warned, it’s the harsh surface and exposure to the African sun and heat that will make this day challenging  - as well as the fact that most of the climbing is packed into the 45km section in the middle of the stage. Riders will be able to make up some time on the final 25km as the terrain eases back into flowing farm and gravel roads.