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Cape Epic – the tougher the better for endurance athletes

Eight days, 800 kilometres and some seriously steep ravines – this is the Absa Cape Epic, one of the most extreme things a person can do with a bicycle. The hors catégorie event is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world. Each year a new route is chosen, as difficult and as beautiful as the last.

From Big Five to Little Five

Only the toughest survive the Berg River canoe marathon

The Berg River Marathon is probably the most gruelling way to spend four days in mid-winter. The canoe race sets off from Paarl and ends 240 kilometres away in Velddrif, in the Western Cape. Throw in howling wind, driving rain and lots of portage, and you've got a recipe for extreme sport.

Freedom Challenge tests athletes’ limits

While most people are tucked up warmly indoors during winter, a group of dedicated extreme athletes is out riding the Freedom Challenge. The mountain bike race takes riders more than 2 000 kilometres across some of South Africa's harshest but most beautiful scenery.

South Africa is world’s endurance race capital

Some of the world's most extreme races are held in South Africa, where elite athletes – and ordinary people – pit themselves against the unforgiving elements and huge distances. Perhaps the most well-known is the Comrades Marathon, a gruelling 90km run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

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Stander's team-mates capture Epic

Stander’s team-mates capture Epic

Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy, riding with Swiss ace Christoph Sauser as Team Burry Stander-Songo, did the late South African mountain bike star proud by securing an extremely tough victory in the Cape Epic on Sunday.
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Stander, Sauser defend Cape Epic title

South Africa's Burry Stander and Swiss star Christoph Sauser successfully defended their Absa Cape Epic title on Sunday after dominating the eight-day, seven-stage event from start to finish. The all-South African duo of Kevin Evans and David George placed second.
Stander SA's first Cape Epic winner

Stander SA’s first Cape Epic winner

On his fourth attempt, Burry Stander became the first South African to win the Absa Cape Epic when the eight-day, 707 kilometre mountain bike race finished at Lourensford Wine Estate near Cape Town on Sunday.
Cape Epic a shining success

Cape Epic a shining success

The Cannondale Vredestein team of Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang and Belgium's Roel Paulissen walked away as overall winners of the 2008 edition of "the Magical and Untamed African Mountain Bike Race".
German duo take 2007 Cape Epic

German duo take 2007 Cape Epic

After eight gruelling days, Teams Bulls' Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm won the most competitive Cape Epic yet at the weekend. The most widely televised mountain biking event in the world, the race saw a top field of over 1 000 competitors from 42 countries taking on the picturesque 900km route.

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