Heat, Dust, and Pain - Epic Brutality
After the Prologue the riders transferred to Hermanus, a little coastal town on the southern tip of the African continent, which is well known for whale watching and hiking alongside the beautiful coastal mountain ridge. Cape Epic participants will probably dream of sitting on a boat, waiting for whales and enjoying a cold sea breeze. Unless there is a wind blowing down from the mountains, the heat is just relentless- and riding bikes rather turns into a battle with the elements than enjoying nature. The 1350 riders faced 101 km and 2300m of climbing in brutal heat and severe conditions on stage 1.