2022 ABSA Cape Epic Stage 6 – Watch LIVE

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6th Stage: Stellenbosch – Stellenbosch. Distance: 76 km. Climbing: 2700 m


Boasting more singletrack per kilometre of racing than in any other 2022 Absa Cape Epic stage, Stage 6 is one for the mountain biking purists, as it explores the famed Banhoek, Idas Valley, StellenboschTrail Fund and Jonkershoek valleys. The route departs Stellenbosch by climbing Botmaskop, mixing dual- and singletrack, before dropping into the Banhoek Valley along a series of tightly twisting switchbacks. In the valley itself rocky trails await before the climb back out, via Tokara and the lower slopes of Botmaskop. The route to Jonkershoek traverses high, above a castle in the sky, then snakes up and down, climbing Irish, descending Armageddon and Red Phoenix, then up Bosluis and Firehut before a last descent. Racing home to Stellenbosch, the trail follows the Eerste River and includes a trying final ascent before the finish line on the Coetzenburg fields beckons.

Race Schedule

Tune in tomorrow for live coverage of Stage 7

DateStageLive Broadcast Window (local time (GMT+2))
20-Mar-22Prologue11:00 – 15:30Lourensford Wine Estate
21-Mar-22Stage 108:30 – 12:00Lourensford Wine Estate
22-Mar-22Stage 208:30 – 12:40Lourensford Wine Estate
23-Mar-22Stage 308:30 – 11:45Greyton
24-Mar-22Stage 408:30 – 11:00Greyton
25-Mar-22Stage 508:30 – 12:20Greyton
26-Mar-22Stage 608:30 – 12:00Stellenbosch
27-Mar-22Grand Finale08:30 – 12:00Val de Vie
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