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Most riders begin planning for the Absa Cape Epic a year in advance. It is impossible to over-prepare for this race (but remember not to over-train!).

Although a lot of planning goes into the physical training, nutrition strategy and preparation of your bike, mental preparation is just as important. Willpower and a positive attitude are just as likely to get you through a tough stage as the latest and greatest carbon mountain bike. We suggest finding a veteran of mountain bike stage racing or previous Absa Cape Epic finisher to help guide your preparation. If you can't find someone, or need more information, we provide a number of tools to assist riders in their preparation, including a Rider Info Evening held in Cape Town.  


Rider Info Evening

The Rider Info Evening is an opportunity to interact with experienced staff, riders and cycling experts to assist you with your planning for the Absa Cape Epic. 

For the first time, the route will be announced in time for the Rider Info Evening! Join us at our offices for a social and informative evening, where you will meet fellow riders, and get a taste for what the Absa Cape Epic is truly about. We highly recommend this for first time riders, and welcome returning riders to ask any specific information about next years route.

We cannot wait to share our excitement around the 2018 Absa Cape Epic with you!

Date: 21 September 2017
Venue: Absa Cape Epic offices, Cape Town, CBD
Time: 18:00 for 18:30




Helpful Information

'Nutrition' by Adrian Penzhorn from Food for Sport.
Open his presentation here (Prezi online).

'Medical Tips' by Dr Jann Killops from Mediclinic.
Download her presentation here





Training Programmes

Finding and following a quality training program is an important element to success in the Absa Cape Epic. We have a few partners who provide tried and tested training programmes specifically geared at finishing the Absa Cape Epic, which you can find below.

Daisyway Coaching System - Training Program 

Daisyway Coaching Systems was founded in 1997 by Erica Green and has been partnered by Louise Jansen van Rensburg since 2005.

Erica is a UCI Level 3 Coach and Louise is a Sport Physiologist (B.Sc (Sport Science) and M. Phil (Exercise Physiology) (Stellenbosch University), as well as a UCI Level 2 Coach. Daisyway Coaching Systems specialises in a broad range of both road cycling and mountain biking single or multi-day events from novice to elite level athletes. Their main aim is to maximise each individual’s personal performance in order for them to achieve their goals.

Website linkDaisyway Coaching - Absa Cape Epic Basics



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