The Cape Epic

In 2017 the 14th edition of the Cape Epic will take place from 19 to 26 March in the Western Cape region of South Africa.
The Epic is a gruelling 8 day stage race ridden by a 2 man, or woman, team over roughly 700km and an accumalated 15 000m of climbing. Every year the route gets updated taking riders through some of the most beautiful, unspoilt and challenging riding terrain in the world.
The Epic boast the achievement if being the most televised mountain bike stage race is the world, and is also the only 8 day stage race classed as Hors Catégorie by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). This UCI status ensures it is the highlight of the international racing community, and the rider’s calendar.

The Route

The 2017 route will take riders through 691 km of Western Cape countryside and up a lot of hills: the accumulated vertical gain over the eight days will be 15 400m. Riders will ride some of the toughest terrain through 5 towns in total going from the coast into the mountains and riding through beautiful vineyards. Don't let the beauty of the surroundings fool you. The route is brutal and only the best will conquer the Cape Epic.


The Prologue will again be held on the Meerendal Wine Estate trails and include parts of neighbouring Hoogekraal. The Prologue covers 26km of fast riding. With each team having a dedicated start time, beating the fastest time is the ultimate goal. There are usually more than a few surprises on the Prologue with teams pushing hard to assert dominance and show what they are capable of.

Stage 1

Hermanus, where the 101km opening stage starts and finishes at the local high school.

Stage 2

Riders bid farewell to the whales and heading inland to Greyton for two nights.

Stage 3

starts and finishes in Greyton and includes most of the many trails around the quaint town.

Stage 4

Another transition day, this time from Greyton to Elgin and the race village at the Oak Valley Wine Estate.

Stage 5

Riders take on a circular route around the Grabouw/Elgin area and lots of singletrack. Riders will be well advised to enjoy Stage 5’s relatively short distance and great trails

Stage 6

The riders will be confronting the 2017 route’s Queen Stage – 103km with an eye-watering 2 750m of elevation gain. This could well mean that the 6th stage could be decisive in the race for overall honours.

Stage 7

Takes the rider to the new Grand Finale venue – the sumptuous Val de Vie Estate near Paarl – and a well-deserved finisher’s shirt.

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