Now that the dust has settled on the 2018 Absa Cape Epic, with riders, supporters and fans alike
coming out of a few days of ‘post race blues’ it is time to plan the next challenge. Stage One of this
year’s Epic was a brutal one, yet at the same time – as with most Epic stages – beautiful. The stage
saw riders tackle 110km with some 1900m of climbing through the Langeberg region. It featured
the rocky, rutted descent of Con’s Singletrack and the steep and rocky Takkap Climb.
With the Langeberg Municipality being an official destination partner of the Absa Cape Epic, there
was a spectator point during stage one in McGregor and then from there the riders headed out
onto the Road2Nowhere.
In fact, much of the section between kilometres 30 and 80 was on the routes used during
Ride2Nowhere. The long route at the Ride2Nowhere presents a solid challenge for racing snakes,
but still doable for the weekend warrior. The first few kilometres each day are on open roads to
the rhythm set, before it cranks up a gear or three. Following mostly single- and jeep track, we
have worked hard over the past few years to bypass unnecessary jeep track, keeping the route a
‘proper mountain biking experience’ all the way.
Did the scenes from the live streaming on the Epic inspire you to ride those ‘Karoo-style’ trails so
characteristic of the area? Why not enter the Ride2Nowhere. “It’s slightly rougher and not as
manicured as you might find on other events”.
The 2018 edition will once again feature various options across the three days, with a short (40km)
and long (60km) route option per day as well as solo and team categories for mixed, women and
men’s teams. The short route is open to riders older than 16, which sets the event apart from
most other stage races. However that is not the only thing that makes it unique, come and
experience the local hospitality and festive atmosphere as the whole town gets involved over the
race weekend to bring you nothing but the best of McGregor in the Western Cape.
Entries for the 2017 event sold out fast, 2018 is limited to 400 so don’t delay, head over to
www.ride2nowhere.co.za for more details.