Mountain Biking in South Africa

Video and photos

Click here for video downloads of the last start and our finish and pictures from the race.

Race Report

Click here for the our race report.

Life in the Cape Epic

Click here for a day in the life of the Cape Epic and tips for the event.

Race Route and Profiles

Click here for the race route and profiles.

Training & preparation

Dedicated training for the last 7 months was based on two Polar heart rate training programs and simulated multi day long rides... read more...

Bikes & Equipment

Alan is riding a Scott Comp Racing hardtail, while Albert upgraded his KHS Alite at the last minute for a brand new Raleigh RDS 9.0 full suspension bike.... read more...

Cape Epic Pages

Check out links to our other Cape Epic pages for 2006 and 2007.

Team Plan A - LIVE2RIDE successful at The Cape Epic 2005
Well here we are a week later feeling a bit lost and out of routine. We had an absolutely awesome time and loved every minute of it. The long hard hours of training, the ongoing planning and organizing, the worrying, the last minute changes and repairs all paid off and we had an amazingly successful epic. Considering that we had only one puncture, no falls (a few close calls though) and no bike damage we were very happy. The cherry on top was getting this pic with the Olympic champ and mountain biking legend Bart Brentjens (overall winner from Team Giant) after the finish at the medal collection.

Team Plan A - LIVE2RIDE take on The Cape Epic 2005
Team Plan A - LIVE2RIDE is taking on the Magical and Untamed Mountain Bike Race The Cape Epic 2005. A 900km 8 day mountain bike race from Knysna to Cape Town. This is the ultimate mountain bike race in South Africa.  

The Cape Epic takes place every year in April. It starts in the beautiful Garden Route town of Knysna and finishes eight days later in style at the grand Spier Wine Estate, just outside Cape Town. The route changes every year, and leads aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through approximately 900 kilometres of the unspoilt nature of the Western Cape and across some of the most magnificent passes in South Africa.

The Cape Epic is possibly the Holy Grail of Mountain biking. 900 like-minded enthusiasts in the same place for eight unbelievable days of back to back racing. Some are there to win, some are there to survive to the end. Regardless of your goals it is an experience of a lifetime. This unique event gives all riders the opportunity to ride some of the best off-road tracks in the world, together with the world’s best riders! 

Entries are limited to approximately 900 riders. The inaugural 2004 event was a huge success, and entries for the 2005 event were snapped up in less than 5 hours. Riders must enter in teams of two and teams must remain together at all times during the race. The finish is at 17h00 daily. At night, all riders and race crew sleep in the race villages and campsites that are set up prior to arrival and taken down immediately after the start each morning by the race crew. In Cape Town, during  the last stage, individual times are summed up to reveal the overall winners.

The Cape Epic is one of only 4 mountain bike stage races in the world; the others being the Trans Alp Challenge, Trans Rockies, Australia outback and the La Ruta de los Conquistadores Costa Rica. These are true endurance events that test mind, body and equipment. To participate in, experience and complete an event like this is a huge accomplishment in itself. 

Our main goal is to complete the race and share the experience with the other riders. If we have anything left in the legs in the last 3 stages, we will attempt to finish in the top 50 teams.

Alan Profile

Age: 35 
Club: Rockhoppers MTB
Bike: Scott Comp Racing
Years cycling:  10
Years racing:  4 
Total Rac
es in 2003: 14
Recent results:
27th overall - Normans Toyota Challenge (70km) Oct-03 
32nd overall - Giant's Castle MTB Challenge (75km) Apr-04 
17th overall - Nola Challenge (45km) Aug-03
26th category Forest to Falls Marathon (70km) Mar-04 
Ranked 21st sub vet Drifter 2004 series

Albert Profile

Age: 32
Club:  Cyclosport
Bike: Raleigh RDS 9.0 
Years cycling: 5 
Years racing: 3 
Total races in 2003: 17 
Recent results:
1st overall - Canon Rocks Clover Classic (65km) Dec-03.
2nd overall - Moratuwa Riemland Classic (50km) Apr-04 
36th overall - Giant's Castle MTB Challenge (75km) Apr-04.
15th overall- Magalies Monster (75km) May-04 
15th category - Walkerville (SA Marathon Champs) (75km) Jun-04
Ranked 6th sub vet Drifter 2004 series

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