For the first time in Absa Cape Epic history, outside of a time trial, an entire stage will be hosted by a single landowner. The Prologue and Stage 1 of the 2022 race hinted at the spectacular mountain biking within the vast Lourensford Wine Estate. 2023 delves into the details. Exploring trails both old and new. Taking on sculpted icons like the Lourensford Ultimate and rugged remains of South Africa’s first foray into trail building, like the Blue Gum Dam singletrack. All 82-kilometres and 2 300 metres of climbing take place within the boundaries of the estate, and given the quality of the trails there is no compromising on the route, despite never crossing a fence. Rather, the riding is superb throughout, with the added benefit of being exceptionally spectator-friendly. The course crosses over itself as it skirts on the estate dams, creating a unique opportunity for fans to watch the live broadcast in the chill zone, then cheer on their favourites as they pass close by the race village, before going back to the televisions for the second half of the stage and eventually welcoming the teams across the finish.

Route Director's Tip

This stage is the culmination of all the investments that the Absa Cape Epic and of course the sponsors have made into mountain biking. Past and present. Also, this is the first time that a full stage has been hosted by one landowner. The spectator value makes it special, and riders will need the support with over 2000m of climbing in 80km!