Ultimate MTB experience - Vermaak
The 2013 Absa Cape Epic race will be the ultimate mountain biking experience according to director and race founder, Kevin Vermaak.
"Our route designers have managed the perfect balance between challenging terrain, exciting single-track and scenic beauty in their quest for the ultimate mountain biking experience," said Vermaak on Wednesday.
The Route for the tenth edition of the Cape Epic will feature seven stages from March 17 to 24 in 2013, and includes 15 650 metres of climbing over the 698km cycle race.
The Epic will see both local and international riders take on the demanding eight day mountain bike event from Citrusdal to Lourensford Wine Estate.
The route, which changes significantly each year, will lead 1 200 participating cyclists, world champions and dedicated amateurs, through vast distances of challenging terrain.
With its unexplored landscapes, the stage locations of Citrusdal, Tulbagh, Wellington and Stellenbosch await before riders again finish at the Lourensford Wine Estate, as has been tradition since 2007.
For the sixth time, riders will also compete in a prologue. A common feature in grand road cycling tours, the prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate will allow spectators to see teams race against the clock.
This showcase event will decide which teams will wear the leaders' jerseys at the start of stage one on March 18, from Citrusdal.
"We'd like to honour the effort that so many of the world's top riders make to ride the race, travelling from around the world to be here, with our increased prize purse of R1 million."
Vermaak said the course would challenge both the professionals and the amateurs.
"We aim to offer all our participants from around the world a spectacular route which showcases the best the Western Cape has to offer.
"Every year we introduce new routes, with suitable technical and challenging riding, that take the riders to new towns and at the same time offer them magnificent scenery, with some of Africa's wild animals to boot."