Santa Cruz Bicycles - 2018 Cape Epic

The Cape Epic

 

The 2018 Cape Epic

June 30 — 2018 | South Africa

Covering more than 700km across South Africa's rugged, physical Western Cape, the Cape Epic is an ever-changing classic of an XC stage race that's at once ultimately demanding and ultimately rewarding. Alongside veteran photographer Gary Perkin, Oli Munnik of Rush Sports took on the 2018 race with a yet-unreleased Blur and a few hundred friends all bound for the same finish line. Scroll on for photos from the 15th annual Epic.

Riders begin Stage 1 of the 2018 Cape Epic as soft morning light ray peak over the distant mountains. The calm, peaceful weather conditions are in stark contrast to the torrents of lactic acid and nervous energy coursing through each rider’s body as they embark on a tough week in the saddle.  

Rumble in the jungle! Like clockwork, every morning at 7am riders attack the opening kilometres in a hail of watts as their pistons crank into gear.  

The all-new Blur arrived at 2018 Cape Epic from a galaxy far far away!

Despite venturing deep into the pain cave, Blur pilot Oli Munnik manages a smile after completing another dry and hellishly dusty Cape Epic stage through the hilly terrain surrounding the rural town of Ashton in the Western Cape region of South Africa.  

The Blur earning its reputation as a superb stage racer.

The Cape Epic is a paired event where teams of two work together as one to achieve an official Cape Epic finish - partners cannot be more than 2 minutes apart at any time. Despite a large field, teams often find themselves riding alone in the middle of nowhere, with only each other for motivation.

Light Bro doesn’t get much better!

The diverse nature of the Cape Epic’s route makes it remarkably photogenic.

Oli Munnik started the Cape Epic with his yet-to-be-unveiled Blur taped up to hide its identity. During Stage 2, at exactly 10am local time, Gary “Flipper” Perkin was riding alongside on his moto to capture the moment the global embargo lifted! 

Unveiling the Blur on the finish line of Stage 2.

Simunye … which means “we are one” in isiXhosa, a local African language, best describes the team spirit of Mark Pienaar and Oli Munnik, who powered to 55th overall in what was Oli’s 9th and Mark’s 5th Cape Epic finish.   

 

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