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Be part of the action from home

There are ways of enjoying the Absa Cape Epic that don’t involve blood, sweat and tears (or that deadly cycling combination of mud, wet and gears). And you can even do so from the safety of your office … or the comfort of your couch.

Here are some of the ways that you can keep in touch or engage with the race from the rest of the world.

 

The Absa Cape Epic's live event website

This has been upgraded it to make it easier to navigate and to offer more insights into the Untamed African MTB Race. These include a live ticker feed, which will be constantly updated with the latest news from the route – from information about the leaders to conditions on the day and all the drama. 

 

Supersport live coverage and daily highlight packages

The Prologue on Sunday, March 19, will be live from 9.30am to 2pm (GMT+2) on Supersport and www.cape-epic.com for international fans. You will get to watch all the top riders on the course at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville. The Grand Finale – the final stage on Sunday, March 26 – will be live from 9.30am to 1.30pm (GMT+2) (International live countries list can be found  http://www.cape-epic.com/fans/watch-from-home/tv-coverage). It is probably the most sought after stage win in mountain biking and inevitably dishes up lots of thrills.

As usual there will be highlights packages shown on Supersport each evening. This year, however, they will be broadcast an hour earlier than in the past – starting at 9.30pm.

 

Daily live Streaming

This year we will bring you more live race coverage than ever before and you can also find it on www.cape-epic.com. Stages 1, 2, 4 and 6 will be live streamed from 9am to 12.20pm and Stages 3 and 5 from 8am to 11.20am. During those times you will get to watch a summary of the previous day’s action, the race start and then live racing.

The stream will include commentary from Gerald de Kock in the race village, former professional rider Neil Gardiner’s updates from the race helicopter and radio personality Jeff Ayliffe’s updates from spectator points and the finish line. We will keep viewers in touch with the top men and women in the race via the helicopter, two e-bikes out on the course with cameras, and coverage from the water points and the finish line.

 

The finish line camera

After the live streaming the finish line camera will carry on running until the daily cut-off on Facebook. It will afford riders an opportunity to send messages to their friends and family and our team of announcers will keep viewers up to date with developments and interviews through the day.

 

The Fantasy League - www.bikehub.co.za

Fancy a free entry to the 2018 Absa Cape Epic courtesy of USN? Or daily prizes of USN products? Go the The Bike Hub website – https://www.bikehub.co.za – and show your mountain biking knowledge in the Fantasy League competition. All you have to do is predict the stage winners and overall champions in the five categories (Men’s, Women’s, Mixed, Masters, Grand Masters) and the two special jersey races (Absa African and Exxaro). Points will be scored each day based on the performance of your prediction, with the Elite Men’s and Women’s categories getting an extra weighting. Extra points will be awarded for the overall predictions.

The overall predictions will need to be done before the race starts on March 19 but daily selections can be done until midnight before each stage.

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