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March 12, 2013

Find accommodation along the Absa Cape Epic route

Photo © Cape Town Tourism

These days, the word "epic" is bandied about quite freely, but it is by no means used lightly to describe one of cycling's toughest races: the Absa Cape Epic.

March is a great month for cyclists in Cape Town – just last weekend, the local (bare) leg of the World Naked Bike Race took place, followed by the largest individually-timed cycle race in the world, the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. Starting on Sunday, 17 March, the Absa Cape Epic is another highlight for cycling enthusiasts – it's the largest full-service mountain bike stage race in the world.

The race is held over eight days and includes a time-trial prologue. The route changes every year, and leads aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through the unspoilt nature of the Western Cape, and over some of the most magnificent passes in South Africa.

Teams of two compete over the eight stages of the race with the winners of the day receiving prizes, and the leaders in the overall classification awarded their leader jerseys. There's a large focus on making sure the riders enjoy the experience, and 24-hour service facilities are provided, including tented accommodation in race villages, carbo-loaded breakfasts and dinners, race nutrition, bike servicing, masseurs, and entertainment every evening.

Photo © Cape Town Tourism

This is the 10th year the Epic is being staged, and this year's route will see cyclists cover about 698km, with 15 650m of climbing through stage locations including Meerendal, Citrusdal, Saronsberg in Tulbagh, Wellington and Stellenbosch, before they again finish at the Lourensford Wine Estate, as has been tradition for the past six years.

Family and friends are also welcome to come and support the riders, and supporter villages are set up at each of the stage locations. Check out our list of some great accommodation and dining options at each of the stage locations for this year's Absa Cape Epic:


Prologue: Meerendal in Durbanville

Places to stay:

Alba Guest Farm 
Clara Anna Fontein
Clouds Guest House
Dagbreek Selfcatering Apartment Complex
D'Aria Guest Cottages
Feathers Lodge
Kolping Guest House
Rondekuil Estates CC

Looking for a place to eat? Try the Durbanville Hills Wine Estate.

Stage 1: Citrusdal

Check out these accommodation options in nearby Clanwilliam:

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat
Clanwilliam Lodge

Stage 2 & 3: Citrusdal-Saronsberg in Tulbagh

For accommodation options in Tulbagh, check out the Tulbagh Hotel.

Stage 4 & 5: Saronsberg in Tulbagh-Wellington

Wellington accommodation options:

Bovlei Valley Retreat
Grand Dedale Country House

Stage 6 & 7: Wellington-Stellenbosch-Lourensford Wine Estate

Stellenbosch accommodation options:

Aan Dorpstraat Guest House
Allegria Guesthouse & Vineyard
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel
The Beautiful South Guest House
Caledon Villa Guest House
Fynbos Villa Guest House
Life and Leisure
Stellenbosch Lodge Country Hotel
Wedgeview Country House and Spa

Looking for a place to eat? Make sure to visit Vrede en Lust, or for a unique township dining experience with a musical twist, catch AmaZink Live.

Somerset West accommodation options:

40 Winks Accommodation
Blaauwheim Guesthouse
Huis Waveren
Ivory Heights
Ridgemor Villa
Room with a View
The Beautiful West Guest House
Vrede Selfcatering

Restaurant options nearby include Cattle Baron Steak Ranch, Imibala Restaurant & Crafts, Morgenster Wine Estate and The Lord Charles Hotel.

This year's Absa Cape Epic promises to be a truly epic event. Contact us if you are interested in finding out more information about the event, or any of the accommodation or restaurant options mentioned here.

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