An Epic Training Guide with Tips, Advice & Experience
The Cape Epic mountain bike stage race has practically turned into a way of life for
us. We never thought we would be able to finish one, and yet here
we are, four in a row, and more on the horizon! What started
as a couple of pages covering our first attempt at the Cape
Epic has become a rather large and well visited Cape Epic
tips, advice and experience resource. We share our experience and advice because one thing
is for sure, the more you know the more you will enjoy it.
Who are we and why should you care? We are not elites with
super genes or professors in sports science. Our advice is
based on real world experience that we have kept track of over
9 years and 5 Epic events. If you want real
mountain biking advice then see
Sunscreen Song for Mountain Bikers.
Cape Epic Planning and Preparation
Discovering the Mountain Biking Lifestyle - How you go from weekend warrior
to Cape Epic finisher.
The Magic of the Cape Epic - It is a mountain bike race that captures the
imagination and keeps you coming back for more.
The Epic Decision and Getting in - Deciding to do it is one thing, then
actually getting an entry is another - if you really want to ride, you will.
Choosing a Partner - Its a team event so you must choose carefully, there
are a few tips and tricks to getting it right or wrong.
The Real Cost - What does it really cost to do the Epic and can you afford
not to do it?
Getting Sponsorship - In the age of blogging and reality TV there is no
excuse for average Joe not to get sponsored.
Training for Mountain Bike Stage Race
Health and Nutrition
- Demanding training requires lots of
energy and a healthy body, expert advice and learning more is
Counting and Goal Weight - Getting down to race weight
while training and eating like a horse can be challenging.
Rate Training Basics - Understand the basics of heart
rate based training and design your own training plans.
Heart Rate Training Program - This is the core to your
training plan and is like having your own personal coach.
Epic Mountain Bike Training Plan - A complete plan
including distance, multi-day rides and lots of climbing will
get you through.
Riding the Cape Epic - Race Day
How to Ride the Cape Epic
- Three riding strategies that we believe can and do work.
Cape Epic Websites
We will be riding as
Team BBB in 2008, visit our
team website to see more. Browse through our websites for
2007 races to see race
reports and photos and videos of the events. We documented our
training and preparation and discussed our bike and equipment
The Cape Epic Race
The Magical and Untamed
Mountain Bike Race The Cape Epic is a 900km 8 day
mountain bike race from Knysna to Cape Town. This is the
ultimate mountain bike race in South Africa and one of the
best in the world.
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 Lourensford 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. www.cape-epic.com
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!
is the biggest full service mountain bike stage race in the world; and is
right up there with 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.