Hungarian fans told Budapest Report that they look forward to participating in the so-called 2010 Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race, the 7th consecutive such race, that is due to take place between March 21-28 March this year in one of the world’s most scenic routes.
The race will be 722 km cross-country, passing some of South Africa’s most beautiful landscapes in its Western Cape province.
The route begins with the race starting at one of the southern hemisphere’s most visited tourist attractions, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where opening celebrations and registration takes place before the launch of the breathtaking, but teeth-grinding endurance bike test.
The first stage will see participants and spectators pass through Diemersfontein in the heart of South African wine country. The last stage will see whining cyclists conclude eight days of muscle-aching fatigue at the established Lourensford wine estate in Somerset West.
Organisers said that the challenges and difficulties of the tour caan be compared to the most difficult courses in cycle-racing history as the Cape route is constantly changing, so riders can expect some of the toughest competition in one of South Africa’s remote and most unspoilt terrains.
Organisers are also betting to promote the 2010 FIFA world Cup during the tour, mixing business with pleasure, while entertaining participants, spectators and tourists at many of the venues along the way.
These include wine tasting sprees, guided tours along the magnificent scenic routes and the gastronomic delights.
Those bikers wishing to embark on a smaller scale race will be allowed to register for the so-called ‘MTN Cape Times Vigne-a-Vigne mountain bike race’ that takes place on March 28 (2010),
This race compels entrants to take another breathtaking scene with its spectacular mountain terrain along 22km or 50km (please see www.vigne-a-vigne.com for more registration details and more info). Officially the ‘Cape Times Lourensford Vineyard’ was an 11 km trail cross-country running race and will again be hosted alongside the mountainbike challenge, where the toughest runners will be put to test for skills.
Organisers also told Budapest report that other eventss hosted during the tours will include a ‘Junior Bike Challenge’ is for ages 12-16 alongside a playground for smaller children and parents’ fun activities like face painting, jump castle.
For more detailed information please contact the tourism division of the South African Embassy (Budapest, Gardonyi Geza u. 17, Hungary-1026, tel: +36 1 392-0999) and/or visit www.cape-epic.com.