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ABSA Cape Epic Stage 5.

By Chris Whitfield AN act of sportsmanship on Friday's hot, rugged and mountainous stage five of the Absa Cape Epic may have decided the destination of the race. The stage was won by Roel Paulissen of Belgium and Italian partner Riccardo Chiarini (Torpado) in a thrilling finish, but they have virtually no chance of getting into the yellow jersey by the finish on Sunday and a lot of the focus was on the overall battle behind them.  

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Mar 28, 2014

After the rude awakening of Stage 1, Stage 2 was supposed to be somewhat gentler, but heavy rainfall and muddy conditions posed a brand new challenge. The day started off with single track, before visiting the quaint village of McGregor with its well-preserved 19th century architecture. Water point 2 right in the main road promised a festival atmosphere where the warm hospitality of the Langeberg region was sure to lift the spirits. Speeds increased as district roads headed deep into the...

Markus Kaufmann and Jochen Kaess (Team Centurion-Vaude) survived a brutal 113km opening stage of the Absa Cape Epic to notch up a telling win as several top contenders suffered setbacks.

The prologue and final stage of the Absa Cape Epic - already the most televised mountain bike race in the world - will this year be broadcast live in seven countries. Television stations in the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary and Switzerland will take live feeds for two hours on the March 30 seventh and final stage. In South Africa the Prologue (23 March) and Stage 7 will be shown live for more than four hours each day.  

Rasputitsa is Russian for the mud season when roads become difficult to traverse.  The 1st Annual Rasputitsa Spring Classic will be held on April 19th, 2014 starting at 9 AM EST at Main Street in Newport, VT.  This 47 mile (31 miles of gravel) road race travels some of Vermont's coldest and barren landscapes.

Ralf Naef, one of the contenders for the men’s overall title at the Absa Cape Epic, has had to withdraw due to an injury picked up in a fall while training. And England’s Catherine Williamson, a favourite for a win in the mixed category, is also out of the Epic after breaking her leg in a skiing accident. The eight-day, 718km race starts with a prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville, on March 23. 

In response to media queries about the Brandon Stewart case, the Absa Cape Epic has reiterated its "zero tolerance" approach to doping: last year it became the first race in world cycling to issue a lifetime ban to any rider found guilty of illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Rasputitsa is Russian for the mud season when roads become difficult to traverse. The 1st Annual Rasputitsa Spring Classic will be held on April 19th, 2014 starting at 9 AM EST at Main Street in Newport, VT.

Just a few days before the official registration for the second edition of the BIKE Four Peaks will kick off next week, Race Organisers have not only announced the 2014 stage towns but also unveiled the course layout for next year's race.

It will be a first for the city of Dunedin, New Zealand, on Friday night when mountain bikers competing in the 2013 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro begin their first stage: a timed run through the city to a finishline in the city's bar, restaurant and cafe encircled Octagon.

The dramatic new route of the eleventh edition of the Absa Cape Epic, which takes place from 23 to 30 March next year (2014), will again offer participants from around the world an awesome trail that showcases the best that the Western Cape has to offer.