Epic Cape

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Danes win Womens Race

The Danish sisters Kristine and Anna-Sofie Noergaard (team Rothaus-CUBE) finished in 37:31.03,3 and won their category, having also taken top honours in five of the eight stages in this year’s race. In second place overall in this category were Hannele Steyn-Kotze and Ivonne Kraft (Team Sludge Ladies) in a time of 38:01.15,6 and in third place were Giuliana Vitali and Tamara Horn (team bike2help.ch – Big Tree) in 41:10.43,9.

Most Common Injuries...

According to Doctor Basil Bonner, the chief medical officer of the Medi Clinic private hospital division of the Absa Cape Epic, the most common injuries or conditions that needed medical care during this year’s Magical and Untamed African MTB Race included dehydration (62 patients), saddle sores (300 patients) and strappings (145 patients).

Twelve riders incurred fractures during the event. Dr Bonner and his team saw 1030 patients during this year’s Absa Cape Epic, with an average of 171 per day (excluding minor injuries).

Epic Cape 2010 Results

The final day of the taxing 2010 Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas saw riders cover 65km and 1640m of climbing, cycling from Oak Valley to their final destination at the Lourensford Wine Estate. As is tradition, the last stage was the shortest, but not easy! It's not like they've just won Ascot Hospitality Tickets!

Epic Cape Death

A 26-year-old Australian cyclist died in his sleep on Tuesday while participating in the eight day, 723km Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race.

James Williamson, who edited the Australian Enduro mountain bike magazine, was declared dead at 6.47am in the Ceres Private Hospital, where he was taken when his riding partner Shaun Lewis, 28, could not wake him, the organisers said in a statement.

Describing Williamson as a “strong young athlete”, the race organisers said he had an uneventful ride on Tuesday and had felt “completely well with no complaints” at the end of the stage.

Rider Blog: My First Day

Tony Ireland reports on his first day...

Hi All,

Well I have just finished what I can honestly say is my hardest day ever on a bike. Its a far cry from my normal Forex Trading days! The Cape Epic is described as the World's toughest MTB race and it sounds about right to me.

It is one of those events where you turn up and everyone seems to be just that little bit leaner than you, more focused, on a better bike and way more experienced. Standing on a start line packed with 1200 riders is something that has to be experienced to understand how it feels.

More about the Cape

The Cape Epic is a Mountain Bike Race, with a great inspiring name conjured up by the organisers. Little did they know that it would become superfluous, because 5 years later all you need to say is “The Epic” and that’s enough to raise an eyebrow.

If I was betting for real money I'd say that only 25% of the people who visit this blog will be able to complete it - it's that hard!