The Cape Epic, under the current sponsorship of "Absa Cape Epic", is a two-person team mountain biking race held annually in the Western Cape, South Africa. It has been accredited by the International Cycling Union. The teams have to run together throughout the race route.1
Since its first staging in 2004, the race typically covers more than 700 kilometers (435 miles), and lasts eight days. The Absa Cape Epic attracts the elite of professional mountain bikers from around the world. The race is also open to fans, who enter a draw to win a spot. The race is divided into daily stages and all the times are added together. The course changes every year, but the race has always ended among the vineyards of the Western Cape. Since 2007, the highlight of the final stage has been at the Lourensford Wine Estate. The Absa Cape Epic was once described by Bart Brentjens, 1996 Olympic gold medalist in mountain biking, as the "Tour de France of mountain biking".
The Absa Cape Epic 2019 will repeat the formula of including a time trial in the middle of the race, something that already happened last year for the second time in its history and that helps to “soften” the day to day of the participants in this long competition . There will also be the initial prologue against the clock, so that of the 8 days of the race , 2 will be against the clock . Otherwise, the Absa Cape Epic 2019 will have 624 kilometers and 16,650 meters of positive elevation gain . In total, that means that it will be the edition with a harder relationship between kilometers and meters ascended. Of course, the hardness of the Absa Cape Epic will once again be on its rough terrain and the usual heat that accompanies the test.