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The 2018 Absa Cape Epic Route has been revealed!

From the majestic slopes of Table Mountain to the magnificence of the Grand Finale at Val de Vie Estate with the addition of a manic time trial in between – the 2018 Absa Cape Epic route is balanced and bold and untamed.

Starting with the Prologue on the iconic Table Mountain (where the Prologue was last held in 2015), the 2018 Absa Cape Epic will visit Robertson, Worcester and Wellington, and finish at the Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschoek Valley. Riders will spend three nights in Robertson for the first three stages, with a transition stage to Worcester, where they will stay for one night before settling down in Wellington until heading to the Grand Finale at Val de Vie (which has also been announced as the home for the Grand Finale for the next five years).

The total distance of 658km with 13 530m of climbing will include four consecutive days of over 100km, again featuring the Land Rover Technical Terrain sections on each of the eight days. The final stage is far from an easy roll to the finsh-line and a race of truth with the re-introduction of a time trial on Stage 5 that could shake up the race amongst the elites.

In a break with tradition, the final stage of the Epic will not be the easy day it has been in the past, taking riders from Wellington to Val de Vie over a testing 70km with 2000m of climbing that will make riders earn that precious finishers medal.

 


 
 

Prologue

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Distance
20km
Climbing
600m
Start Location
University of Cape Town
Finish Location
University of Cape Town
Max Stage Time
3 hours

 

Stage 1

Monday, March 19, 2018
Distance
110km
Climbing
1900m
Start Location
Arabella Wines
Finish Location
Arabella Wines

 

Stage 2

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Distance
110km
Climbing
2000m
Start Location
Arabella Wines
Finish Location
Arabella Wines

 

Stage 3

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Distance
122km
Climbing
1800m
Start Location
Arabella
Finish Location
HTS Drostdy

 

Stage 4

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Distance
111km
Climbing
1800m
Start Location
HTS Drostdy
Finish Location
Huguenot High & Primary School

 

Stage 5

Friday, March 23, 2018
Distance
39km
Climbing
1430m
Start Location
Huguenot High & Primary School
Finish Location
Huguenot High & Primary School

 

Stage 6

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Distance
76km
Climbing
2000m
Start Location
Huguenot High & Primary School
Finish Location
Huguenot High & Primary School

 

Stage 7

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Distance
70km
Climbing
2000m
Start Location
Huguenot High & Primary School
Finish Location
Val de Vie Estate

 

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