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8 days. 647 kilometres. 15 550 metres of vertical ascent. Rugged mountain dual tracks and rocky singletracks through pristine fynbos. Sandy farm road between manicured orchards. Bone-rattling descents off ancient mountain ranges. This is the 2021 Absa Cape Epic route, proudly brought to you by Land Rover, the Official Vehicle and Route Partner. Wild and untamed. The pinnacle of mountain bike stage racing. The Race That Measures All.

From the iconic slopes of Table Mountain National Park to the luxury of Val de Vie Estate, the route for the seventeenth edition will challenge all and reward those who have come prepared with proven partnerships, technical skills, fitness and mental fortitude. Only the truly worthy will see their names etched into the Book of Legend. 

We were really looking forward to the 2020 route, one that our team thought would have been our best ever, and therefore we will keep the same route for 2021. For this, we are incredibly grateful to the more than 100 landowners and our host towns and venues that have already confirmed their support for 2021.