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2020 Absa Cape Epic Preview

2020 Absa Cape Epic Preview

The 2020 Absa Cape Epic, one of the most anticipated race for the mountain calendar is two weeks away, 8 days. 647 kilometers. 15,550 meters of vertical ascent. Rugged mountain dual tracks and rocky singletracks through pristine fynbos. Sandy farm road between manicured orchards. Bone-rattling descents off ancient mountain ranges. This is the 2020 Absa Cape Epic route. Wild and untamed. The pinnacle of mountain bike stage racing. The race that measures all.

World Champions, Continental and National Champions, and the reigning Olympic Gold Medalist. 8 previous winners, sharing a total of 19 titles between them. Those are the barest facts of the 2020 Absa Cape Epic’s UCI men’s field. Boring deeper, there are 18 nationalities represented, from far afield as Colombia and New Zealand.

2020 Absa Cape Epic
The five-star favorites are undoubtedly the defending champions, Nino Schurter and Lars Forster. SCOTT-SRAM MTB-Racing was 2019’s most dominant team, having broken Cannondale Factory Racing’s hopes of victory on the Queen Stage. His teammate, Forster, won his first World Cup race in 2019 and will be a year stronger and wiser in 2020. All signs are thus ominous for Schurter and Forster’s rivals.  

From the iconic slopes of Table Mountain National Park to the luxury of Val de Vie Estate, the route for the seventeenth edition will challenge all and reward those who have come prepared with proven partnerships, technical skills, fitness and mental fortitude. Only the truly worthy will see their names etched into the Book of Legend. 

This is the 2020 race route, proudly brought to you by Land Rover, the Official Vehicle and Route Partner. Learn more about the 2002 absa Cape Epic at cape-epic.com.

EF Education First’s Alexander Howes and Lachlan Morton could perhaps be the most eagerly followed team in the race. It will be interesting to see how WorldTour road racers end up, after-all, there is not team car!

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