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.