The Cape Epic is the world’s premier mountain bike stage race. The route changes every year, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through roughly 700km of unspoilt scenery and 15 000m of accumulated climbing, over some of the most magnificent mountain passes in Western Cape in South Africa.
In the final stage 7 in Meerendal the podiums of the overall ranking had been determined. After eight days of thrilling racing Karl Platt (GER) and Urs Huber (SUI) won the general classification (MEN) of this year’s Cape Epic. It was Karl Platt’s fifth time winning the Cape Epic and he could equalize to mountainbike and Cape Epic legend Christoph Sauser (SUI) who retired last year from professional mountainbiking. The duo Nicola Rohrbach (SUI) and Matthias Pfrommer (GER) secured the second place in the overall ranking. The prestigious Grand Finale stage was won by Manuel Fumic (GER) and Henrique Avancini (BRA).
In the women’s category Annika Langvad (DEN) and Ariane Kleinhans (SUI) – who also won last year’s edition – took the overall victory very well-deserved.