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CAPE EPIC 2023 | We analyse the new route and its queen stage

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Cape Epic route planners have ventured deep into the Overberg, for the 2023 event. (Photo: Cape Epic)
Cape Epic route planners have ventured deep into the Overberg, for the 2023 event. (Photo: Cape Epic)

Few things generate more gossip in the mountain biking community than attempts to guess a Cape Epic route ahead of its reveal.

The world’s most testing mountain bike stage race trades on the currency of its route, which is kept secret until six months before the event. For the 2023 edition, riders will see a return to the Meerendal prologue, moving away from Table Mountain, which has hosted the race start since 2018.

Broadly, the 2023 Cape Epic route is all about Overberg riding. Those mountain bikers familiar with the Wines2Whales event will recognise many elements of the 2023 Cape Epic route.

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