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Toyota Tough:

A Challenge and a Reward

Absa Cape Epic’s Official Route and Vehicle Partners, Toyota drove the 2024 route to new heights. With challenges aplenty and rewards, in the form of scintillating singletracks on offer too the daily Toyota Tough sections are highlights to look forward to. Glenn Crompton, Vice President Marketing TOYOTA South Africa Motors, is as excited as you, the riders, for the race to get underway… 

As we eagerly anticipate the Absa Cape Epic in 2024, I extend a warm welcome on behalf of Toyota South Africa Motors [TSAM]. Reaffirming our position as the official vehicle partner for this iconic and challenging mountain biking race fills us with immense pride.

Our journey in mountain biking has been nothing short of extraordinary, and our commitment to South Africa's talent continues to grow. In 2023, our historic partnership with Specialized reached new heights as Matt Beers, from Team Toyota Specialized, secured his second title.

In the upcoming race, we're thrilled to announce the inclusion of the Toyota Specialized Development Team, the Toyota Gazoo Mixed Team, and a Women’s Grand Masters team. These exceptional teams embody the resilience, determination, and collaborative spirit that define the world of mountain biking.

The Absa Cape Epic, renowned for its iconic challenge and breath-taking routes through the Western Cape, aligns seamlessly with our brand's dedication to off-road adventures. As the official vehicle partner, we're honoured to support all participants, ensuring a seamless experience for the event's staff, crew, and stakeholders.

This year, we proudly announce the return of the Toyota Tough sections, adding an extra layer of legendary challenge to the race. The Land Cruiser Prado, celebrated for its robust strength and refined luxury, is the chosen vehicle to transport guests of the Absa Cape Epic Luxury Route Tours, solidifying our commitment to excellence in every aspect of this remarkable event.

To all esteemed participants, I extend my best wishes for an epic adventure filled with challenges and awe-inspiring views. As you embark on this exceptional mountain biking journey, take in the stunning scenery, embrace camaraderie with fellow riders, and prioritize safety on the trails. May every moment of the 2024 Absa Cape Epic be etched in your memories as a testament to the extraordinary spirit of endurance and the joy of mountain biking.

Here's to an unforgettable race!

Best regards,

Glenn Crompton

Vice President Marketing

TOYOTA South Africa Motors

Route Director's Tip

Straight away there’s the longest climb and the longest descent of the day. Then the fun stuff starts. We linked up the very best around Meerendal so it’s worth really savouring these trails and enjoying the moment – the time you’ll make up by racing full gas has minimal rewards compared to the rest of the week.