March 25, 2011
Absa Cape Epic 2011 prologue in Cape Town’s Tokai Forest
Image provided by Absa Cape Epic organisers
It’s nearly time for the annual Absa Cape Epic cycle race, but before we get to the main event on Monday morning, there is the important matter of the time trial “prologue”to take care of – happening in Tokai Forest on Sunday, March 27. The prologue is a great excuse to get outdoors, see a beautiful part of the Cape, and catch some of the top cyclists in action (although those at home can catch the action live on SuperSport). Riders head out from as early as 07h00, while top teams and professional riders will race from 11h15 onwards.
The aim of the prologue is to organise the start of the main race in a fair and transparent manner: The prologue is a 27km race, which is nothing compared to all 707km of the main race (spread over seven stages and seven days), but it helps seed the participants, to avoid a messy pile-up on Monday morning. Prologue times also get added to the overall time achieved for the full race.
Head to Chrysalis Academy in Tokai, where the prologue starts and ends, if you want to cheer on the top riders, and see who gets the honour of wearing the leader jerseys for the start of the main race. The main race itself starts at Saronsberg Wine Estate in Tulbagh on Monday, and ends next Sunday, April 3, at Lourensford Estate in Somerset West.
View the full race route and follow the riders and their results on the Absa Cape Epic official website.