An Epic Event for Langeberg

An Epic Event for Langeberg

15 February 2012

It is with great excitement and anticipation that the Langeberg Municipality wants to share the Good news with ALL!!!........ The NINTH ABSA CAPE EPIC is coming to the Langeberg this March.
The new route of the ninth edition of the Absa Cape Epic, which takes place from 25 March to 1 April 2012, will be as exciting and challenging as previous years. Both local and international mountain biking enthusiasts will be taking on the demanding eight day mountain bike adventure of 780km with 16 300m of climbing from Durbanville, through our own Langeberg to Lourensford Wine Estate.
 The route, which changes significantly each year, will lead 1 200 participating athletes, world champions and dedicated amateurs through vast distances of challenging terrain. With its exhilarating landscapes, the stage locations of Robertson, Caledon and Oak Valley await the most prestigious mountain bike stage race in the world, before riders again finish at the Lourensford Wine Estate, as has been tradition since 2007.
Says Kevin Vermaak, Director and Founder of the Absa Cape Epic: "The Absa Cape Epic has again selected some of the best terrain that the Western Cape has to offer. Our route designer, Leon Evans or as he is best known amongst riders, Dr Evil, has managed the perfect balance between exciting trails, challenging terrain and wider vistas in the pursuit of the ultimate mountain biking experience."

Says Leon Evans, aka Dr Evil: "There are no easy days in this race. Registration day is easy and the Monday after the race is easy. Anyone who thinks there’s anything easy about the Absa Cape Epic, is a fool. My job is to make sure that no rider, in any previous edition of the race, can say ‘the 2012 Epic riders had it easy’."

That said, the excitement is mounting in the 5 beautiful towns of the Langeberg. This is a true Langeberg event that will showcase exactly what the Langeberg is famous for, Outdoor and Adventure, natural Beauty, a special Heritage, great Weather, memorable Agri -Tourism and the PEOPLE!!! - Something that appeals to all the senses of the visitor. With an influx of visitors during this time, we have the perfect opportunity to shine, and show the world what we’re made of.
We’re calling all residents, businesses, schools and tourism role players from Robertson, McGregor, Bonnievale, Ashton and Montagu to come and share in this momentous event.
Let’s line the streets with support and jubilation- calling all school children and young (or youthful) enthusiasts to support the participating athletes.
Help us create the ultimate welcome!!!
Be part of the Epic Village, the activity and the showcase opportunities for our beautiful region.

Just a bit more about the Cape Epic:  
“The Absa Cape Epic has grown in popularity worldwide and is increasingly becoming an iconic endurance event. Finishing the Absa Cape Epic is and will always be an enormous physical and mental challenge, and riders will need as much dedicated training and preparation to earn the title ‘Absa Cape Epic Finisher’,” he says.
The Absa Cape Epic, the largest mountain bike stage race in the world, is organised and presented with the participating riders at the focal point. Their satisfaction, well-being and enjoyment of the race are the organisers' primary goals. Says Vermaak, “We aim to deliver an unsurpassed and unforgettable mountain bike and African travel-experience. Therefore, we offer a 24-hour full service around the race, including tented accommodation in race villages, carbo-loaded breakfasts and dinners, race nutrition, bike servicing, masseurs, and stage location specific entertainment every evening.

For full details of this event, please visit the Argus Cape Epic Website: