Following the successful hosting of a water and spectator point in 2017, the Creation team is pulling out all stops to welcome Absa Cape Epic riders and spectators to the estate again on 18 March during the first stage of the race. “To be part of this epic adventure is an opportunity we treasure and the excitement is already tangible here on the estate,” says Creation’s Carolyn Martin.
Click below to watch 2017 Cape Epic spectator point video.
According to Carolyn the first rider on the estate is expected around 08h10 and the last rider in the region of 10h45. To accommodate early-bird spectators the Creation Tasting Room will open at 07h30 on the day, serving the celebratory Elation Méthode Cap Classique, freshly baked croissants, coffee and tea. With the school holidays underway, the Creation Culinary Team looks forward to catering for families throughout the day with a scrumptious Cape Epic menu.
As an encore to the 2017 event, the children from the nearby Pebbles Hemel-en-Aarde Education Project will be involved again. Proudly brandishing their Pebbles logo in the shape of a giant yellow hand, they’ll be there cheering the riders on with tinkling cowbells and yellow flags. Not to be missed will be their very own welcome routine – a performance they have rehearsed for days on end! “In the spirit of the Cape Epic, the event will offer an opportunity to raise funds for these children who deserve a decent education as well as balanced nutrition,” Carolyn comments.
Introduced in 2004, the Absa Cape Epic is an annual mountain bike stage race held in the Western Cape and run over eight days. The course changes every year and comprises a prologue and seven stages. Having once again attracted professional bikers from around the world, this year’s epic covers 624 km with a gruelling 16 650 m of climbing. The bikers compete in teams of two and to qualify for a finish, the teams have to stay together for the duration of the epic. The race is also open to amateurs, who enter a lottery in order to gain a slot.
Starting and finishing in the seaside village of Hermanus, the first stage leads along a route dubbed ‘Heaven and Back to Earth’ which covers 112 km, climbing an altitude of 2 700 m.
Apart from expressing her team’s pride for being an official Absa Cape Epic water and spectator point, Carolyn added: “Hosting this significant international event offers the Hemel-en-Aarde region a golden opportunity to showcase its exceptional potential – not only as a foremost mountain-biking terrain but also as a world-class tourist destination. Drawing more visitors of course means creating more jobs and a much-needed injection to the economy of our region.”