The 2022 Cape Epic route looks brutal

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The Absa Cape Epic route. Never easy. Never the same. (Photo: Cape Epic)
The Absa Cape Epic route. Never easy. Never the same. (Photo: Cape Epic)
  • The Cape Epic never repeats a route. Each year is a new 'surprise' for competitors.
  • If you are training for the 2022 edition, be prepared for a vicious stage 1 and some great trails, later in the race.
  • The Cape Epic will also be returning to its Lourensford start.

Although the Cape Epic only finished in October, riders who are training for the 2022 edition now have a preview of what awaits. And the numbers make for grim reading.

Event organisers have revealed a route that is 657km long and sees 17250m of climbing. 

The numbers never convey the technical challenge of dusty and rocky terrain. Or the steepness of those typical Cape Epic 'surprise' climbs.

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The race will head east, and the turn west, taking in some great Overberg and Boland terrain (Photo: Cape Epic)

Back to the Helderberg

The 2022 Cape Epic will start with an intense stage 1, that sees the field navigate around the Helderberg basin in Somerset-West.

It is going to be a big day, totalling 92km and 2850m of climbing. And it does not get any easier. 

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Stage 2 might the stuff the stuff of nightmares for riders, at 118km (Photo: Cape Epic)

The big day

After the first stage with lots of intense climbing, riders will roll into a marathon stage 2, taking them to the Elandkloof area outside Greyton.

At 118km, with 2350m of climbing, stage 2 could be the undoing of those who neglected remaining committed to their training regime over Christmas.

Stages 3 and 4 are loops of the Greyton area, with its raw mountain bike trails. Expect lots of dust, but with distances of 96- and 74km, these will be two of the easier days on the 2022 Cape Epic.

Singletrack heaven in Stellenbosch

Riders will navigate from Greyton to Stellenbosch on Stage 5, which should be another punishing day, with 109km and 2400m of climbing.

Stage 6 promises to be the most rewarding of all, with 76km of Stellenbosch’s excellent singletrack mountain bike trails, although riders will earn their downhill fun, with 2700m of climbing on the day.

As is tradition at the Cape Epic, its last stage will be shortest, a mere 68km, with riders routing from Stellenbosch to the Val de Vie finish.

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