March 25-29, 2015

Rotorua joins the Crankworx World Tour in March 2015 with its inaugural event hosted at the year-round, gondola accessed Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park. Descending on New Zealand’s coolest hot spot, athletes will discover the geothermal phenomenon that is Rotorua with exploding geysers, steam and bubbling mud pools, not to mention the genuine warmth and hospitality (manaakitanga) of Maori culture. Competition takes place on Mt. Ngongotaha, overlooking Lake Rotorua, one of 18 lakes in the region, and in the 145 km trail network of the world-renowned Whakarewarewa Forest. Situated in the country’s Central North Island, just 230 km south of Auckland and 460 km from the capital of Wellington, Rotorua is the perfect base from which to explore the adventure playground of New Zealand. 

In five jam-packed days, all five Crankworx Series events will kickstart the three-stop Crankworx World Tour alongside the family-friendly Kidsworx races and concerts to showcase how New Zealand celebrates the cult of the fat tire.

March 15, 2015

The 12th edition of the Absa Cape Epic will take place from 15 to 22 March 2015 will be as challenging as ever. The Untamed African Mountain Bike Race route will be 739km and include 16 000m of climbing. Local and international mountain bikers will tackle the demanding eight-day adventure through the Western Cape region in South Africa. The race will start at the University of Cape Town, with a time-trial prologue, and finish at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.

The Absa Cape Epic must be completed by both members of a two-person team. The route changes every year, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through roughly 800km of unspoilt scenery and 15 000m of accumulated climbing, over some of the most magnificent mountain passes in South Africa.

The Absa Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world and the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classed as hors catégorie by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). This official UCI status makes it a highlight on the professional racer's calendar. The Absa Cape Epic also attracts aspiring amateur riders wanting to test themselves against the best. It is a full-service race, meaning that everything is taken care of from the start - all riders need to think about is riding.

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