The hardest MTB race in the world? CyclingTips does the Cape Epic

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Nothing about Cape Epic is easy. It’s not even guaranteed that you’ll get in, such is the demand for entries. It’s not cheap. It’s not flat. It’s extremely competitive, and it’s not convenient for anyone outside of South Africa. But if any of those things were easy, it wouldn’t be the amazing adventure that it is.

As living mountain bike legend José Hermida (Joaquim ‘Purito’ Rodríguez’s Cape Epic partner) told me at the end of the race: “Everybody says to be a [road] cyclist you have to finish the Tour de France. So to be a mountain biker, you need to finish the Cape Epic.”