CAPE EPIC PUSHES THE SPEED AND PAIN BARRIER

The South African Cape Epic mountain bike stage race is not for everybody. A rider commits to spending 8 days in a mountain bike saddle to climb about 49,000 feet while covering 430 miles, all the time working with a partner (this is a team race) to beat 1200 other like-minded masochists.  You would imagine the promoters must have problems filling all the available spots, but you’d be wrong.  The early entries sell out in a matter of minutes and the remaining $5,690-entry-fee slots are awarded via a lottery. Yes,…