The trail to Val de Vie
Between Wellington and Val de Vie lie a final 68 kilometres of Untamed mountain biking. A last test to ensure that no finisher's medal is handed over without the realisation being driven home that it was hard-earned. Ensuring that insight is gleaned by every rider, the climbing begins just 3 kilometres into the final stage. Patatskloof, Beulah and the Hawequa Climb roll neatly into one. At the summit of Hawequa, a Dimension Data Hotspot provides a reward for the fastest men and women to the top. Hugging the precipitously steep slopes of the Hawequa Mountains the route continues south, losing hard-earned altitude only to climb again, up the Protea Climb.
Undulating dual tracks tick off vital kilometres before the Freedom Struggle Climb and the Bone Rattler, which also forms the race's final Land Rover Technical Terrain descent, signal the beginning of the end. Then finally onto the grounds of Val de Vie and around the final bend, to see the finish line arches looming up ahead. Each Absa Cape Epic finisher's medal, and name etched into The Book of Legend, will have had to earn his or her place with grit and determination. It is after-all the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race; the Absa Cape Epic; The Race That Measures All.
A rocky dual track, dubbed the Bone Rattler, is the final section of Land Rover Technical Terrain for the 2021 Absa Cape Epic. From the top of the descent, only 11 kilometres stand between you and your spot in The Book of Legend ‑ but overcommit and you could spend those kilometres painfully pushing your bike on broken rims to the finish line.
A last test to ensure that no finisher's medal is handed over without the realisation being driven home that it was hard-earned. Ensuring that insight is gleaned by every rider, the climbing begins just 3 kilometres into the final stage.
Alan Hatherly in the Absa African Men's jersey during the 2019 Absa Cape Epic
Howard Grotts leads the Elite Men during Stage 7 of the 2018 Absa Cape Epic
Stage 7 is the last challenge before riders can call themselves Absa Cape Epic finishers
The lead group summit a climb during the 2018 Absa Cape Epic
Sebastien Fini and Martins Blums race through Stage 7's trails in the 2019 Absa Cape Epic
Tshepo Tlou & Lucky Mlangeni claimed the Exxaro Special jersey at the 2019 Absa Cape Epic
Nino Schurter & Lars Forster of SCOTT-SRAM MTB-Racing claimed the Elite Men's win at the 2019 Absa Cape Epic
Celebrations for Nino Schurter & Lars Forster as they approach the final finish line at Val de Vie Estate
Ever the entertainers, Joaquim Purito Rodriguez and Jose Hermida won the Dimension Data Masters category at the 2019 Absa Cape Epic