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How Cape Epic rider hydration influences MTB design

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The best water bottles are shaped to handle with ease, when you are tired and riding one-handed. (Photo: Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic)
The best water bottles are shaped to handle with ease, when you are tired and riding one-handed. (Photo: Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic)

Mountain bikers never talk about feed stations. Although food and hydration are present at the same refreshment and recovery points along a Cape Epic route, the encompassing term is 'water point'. And it’s telling.

Experienced riders know you can go hungry on a long ride, but the discomfort escalates to danger once you’re out of water. 

Mountain biking in African heat conditions places a premium on disciplined hydration.

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