PHOTOS | Nerves and excitement ahead of first Absa Cape Epic since 2019

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Riders during Registration of the 2021 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race on 16 October. (Photo: Sam Clark/Absa Cape Epic)
Riders during Registration of the 2021 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race on 16 October. (Photo: Sam Clark/Absa Cape Epic)
  • 600 riders registered for the Absa Cape Epic on Saturday.
  • This is the first race since 2019. 
  • The race kicks off on Sunday with the Prologue route.

Rain and chilly temperatures could not dampen the spirits of 600 riders as they registered for the 2021 Absa Cape Epic on Saturday.

This comes 938 days since the last rider crossed the finish line at the Grand Finale in Val de Vie way back in 2019. 

Ahead of the 300 teams lies the eight days of The Race That Measures All over 620 rugged kilometres with some 15 350 metres of climbing on the trails of Ceres, Tulbagh, and Wellington. But not before it kicks off on the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain with an exciting 20km Prologue. 

The Prologue route features a mix of climbing, smooth flowing trails, and various technical descents, the most notable of which is the infamous Plum Pudding, making for a fitting curtain raiser for what is being billed as one of the most technically challenging routes in the history of the race. 

The Absa Cape Epic is the world’s premier mountain bike stage race. The route changes every year.  

"It’s been a tough year-and-a-half but there is definitely a lot of excitement among riders, crew and sponsors," said Karen Clements Race Director of the Absa Cape Epic.

"Overall, I think there is also this collective sense of relief - we’re stoked to be back in action!" According to Clements the race team has been working hard with the City of Cape Town as well as the various host municipalities to put on a safe, world-class event. 

"The riders are in for a real treat," she added. "We’ve used all this additional time we’ve had to make some tweaks and refinements to the trails."

SEE PHOTOS HERE:

Riders during Registration of the 2021 Absa Cape E
Registration day at the Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race on 16 October 2021. (Photo: Sam Clark/Absa Cape Epic)
Riders during Registration of the 2021 Absa Cape E
Registration day at the Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race on 16 October 2021. (Photo: Sam Clark/Absa Cape Epic)
Riders during Registration of the 2021 Absa Cape E
Registration day at the Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race on 16 October 2021. (Photo: Sam Clark/Absa Cape Epic)
Riders during Registration of the 2021 Absa Cape E
Registration day at the Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race on 16 October 2021. (Photo: Sam Clark/Absa Cape Epic)
Riders during Registration of the 2021 Absa Cape E
Registration day at the Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race on 16 October 2021. (Photo: Sam Clark/Absa Cape Epic)


WATCH THE PROLOGUE HERE ON 17 OCTOBER:

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