Remember that video last year where an antelope took out a rider in Africa? Well that happened at an event in the Albert Falls reserve area in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa race in 2011. The 2012 Cape Epic Race is here and although we can’t guarantee that something this spectacular will happen again, I think it’s a given that it’s gonna be brutal and epic with daily stages and 9500 feet of climbing on one day and roaming wildlife on other days.
2011 Antelope Video
Please check out the daily coverage videos below as they are being released after every stage and we will update this article every day.
The 2012 Cape Epic is an 8 stage mountain bike race in Cape Town, South Africa. It features exciting and mountainous terrain that includes as much as 147 km and 2900 meters of climbing in one day. There are no rest days as the riders have to go out and race each day from March 26 to April 1.
One of the unique attributes of the race it is comprised of two-person teams. Each team has to finish together as the the time of the slower person is recorded as the finishing. In its ninth year, the race attracts talent from all over the world as some of the best World Cup racers compete here.
The race is indeed dramatic as the riders experience extreme conditions. Temperatures soar well beyond 90 degrees and riders go up grades as much as 25%. Descents are tricky and conditions are ever-changing. The riders are rewarded with some of the most exciting mountain bike racing available today.
Specialized is producing daily videos of their teams and it gives us a really good look of what these racers go through. We will embed what’s available here and update this as new videos become available.
2012 Cape Epic – Prologue
Team 36One – Songo – Specialized, Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser, head back to the Cape Epic to defend their title from last year. This year Kohei Yamamoto and Max Knox join the team as well. Team Burry/Christoph looked good and got right back into the swing of things by taking the yellow jersey with a 3 minute buffer to 2nd place. Kohei and Max rolled in on the podium in 4th place looking to move up in the coming days.
2012 Cape Epic – Stage 1
Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser of 36One – Songo – Specialized continued dominating the 2012 Cape Epic race in stage 1 by putting another 5 minutes into the pack on one of the stage’s massive climbs.
2012 Cape Epic – Stage 2
Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander use the easier route of stage 2 to relax, rehydrate and recover while maintaining a gap of 9 minutes on second place. With half the climbing of yesterday’s stage there were few places to attack. The stage ended in a group sprint with Burry and Christoph saving their strength and settling for 3 on the day but the yellow over-all. Kohei Yamamoto and Max Knox rolled in close behind for 8th as Kohei recovered from some dehydration.
2012 Cape Epic – Stage 3
Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander of 36One-Songo-Specialized are looking unstoppable in stage 3 of the Abasa Cape Epic after once again finishing first and adding more time to their overall lead – now at 18 minutes! Kohei Yamamoto and Max Knox pulled in at 10th and the team crew continue their own epic race to keep the bikes in top shape for the next stage.
2012 Cape Epic – Stage 4
It feels a little like Ground Hog’s day: Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander continue their dominance of the Absa Cape Epic with another 1st place finish on another climbing stage. Burry says he’s nervous (which is a good thing) and it must have paid off as they add to their overall lead – now at 25 minutes!
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2012 Cape Epic – Stage 5
The team suffers through a brutal day as the weather takes a massive change for the worse over night. Rain, hail and cold soak the field but Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser prevail again, taking first place in another sprint finish and adding another minute to their GC lead, now at 26 minutes!
The rain seemed to speed up Kohei and Max as they rolled in at 6th having held 5th for most of the race.
Seems like for everyone the Absa Cape Epic just wouldn’t be the same without a little dose of misery!
2012 Cape Epic – Stage 6
On the penultimate stage, Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander can play it safe thanks to a big lead and the right equipment.
2012 Cape Epic – Stage 7
Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander put an exclamation point upon their dominating performance, capping an incredible week for Specialized Racing.