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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.  


Tips from 10 times finisher - Ben van Niekerk

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What to pack

What bike

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