Stage 1: Hermanus - Hermanus

Monday, 20 March 2017

Overview

101km, 2300m climbing

Hermanus is traditionally associated with whales and wine, but it is increasingly becoming a place where mountain bikers can enjoy their sport on the ever-growing local trail network. The 2017 Absa Cape Epic’s opening stage will give riders a sample of all that is best about the beautiful seaside town and its surrounds. Soon after the start the route heads up Rotary Way and along the spine of the mountain before dipping down into the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Then it is up the Nine One One Climb and some ups and downs along the flanks and stunning wine farms of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Once they have reached Tesselaarsdal they will confront the rugged climb and descent known as the Haarkappers Roete – named after the barber who regularly walked over the Klein River Mountains in the 1950s to cut hair in Stanford. From the bottom of the tricky descent the route turns back towards Hermanus and riders will finish the day with a fun spin along the town’s urban assault mountain biking section.

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Stage Results

Men
  1. Cannondale Factory Racing XC
  2. Investec-Songo-Specialized
  3. Centurion Vaude
  4. SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing
  5. Centurion Vaude 2
Women
  1. Meerendal CBC
  2. Ascendis Health
  3. Hansgrohe Cadence OMX Pro
  4. Spur
  5. Meerendal CBC 2
African
  1. PYGA Euro Steel
  2. BCX
  3. NAD Pro MTB
Exxaro
  1. Diepsloot MTB Academy 1
  2. BMT Academy Fairtree 1
  3. Songo-Investec 1
Mixed
  1. Scott-Sram Nextlevel
  2. Joberg2C-Valencia
  3. RBI Tech - Mitas
Masters
  1. Orbea Factory
  2. CST Sandd American Eagle
  3. BMC Absa Racing Team
Grand Masters
  1. Meerendal CBC 3
  2. ABSA Bus Boys
  3. Pitstop1Sport24hrs

Fantasy League: Top Scorers

  1. Stellies - 185
  2. Dubi59 - 185
  3. BOSS! - 185
  4. Pratzi - 185
  5. Dessert King - 185
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Prologue: Meerendal - Meerendal
Sunday, 19 March 2017
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Stage 2: Hermanus - Greyton
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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