ABSA Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race in South Africa


Riders compete in the final stage of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Cape Town, South Africa, 30 March 2014. The multi day stage race is know as the “Tour de France” of mountain biking and sees 1,200 riders riding 720km in seven days. The race includes the worlds leading professional racers along with amateur cyclists. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


Former Cape Epic winner, Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser (C), sprints with other riders for second place during Stage 1 of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Cape Town, South Africa, 24 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


Riders cross a river after heavy overnight rain turned the trail into mud during stage 2 of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race near Cape Town, South Africa, 25 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


German rider Robert Mennen (L) from Topeak-Ergon Racing and his Czech teammate Kristian Hynek (R) celebrate after winning Stage 2 and taking the lead in the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race in Cape Town, South Africa, 25 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


Riders compete in stage 4 of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Greyton, South Africa, 27 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


Riders pedal past a cross dresser during stage 4 of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Greyton, South Africa, 27 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


The professional peloton rides together during the first 25 kilometers on dirt roads during the “Queens Stage”; stage 5 of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Elgan, South Africa, 28 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


An aerial image showing riders competing in stage 6 of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Elgin, South Africa, 29 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


The professional peloton crosses railway tracks in an ever changing landscape during stage 6 of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Elgin, South Africa, 29 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


Competitors ride through a dry river bed during the longest stage of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race near Cape Town, South Africa, 26 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


A rider navigates a narrow path through a forest area in stage 6 of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Elgin, South Africa, 29 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


Professional riders in action at the start of stage 4 of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Cape Town, South Africa, 27 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


A stunt rider jumps over spectators after the final stage of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Cape Town, South Africa, 30 March 2014. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)


Riders compete during the prologue stage of the 2014 Cape Epic mountain bike race, at Meerendal wine farm, on March 23, 2014, in Durbanville, about 30Km from the centre of Cape Town. The Epic is widely known as the foremost mountain bike stage race in the world, with the riders covering a distance of 718Km, and climbing over 14800m in height, over eight days. (Photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP Photo)


People cheer on the Bulls team of Switzerland’s Urs Huber and his partner during part the prologue stage of the 2014 Cape Epic mountain bike race, at Meerendal wine farm, on March 23, 2014. (Photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP Photo)

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