Epic MTB Races in the Southern Hemisphere

While mountain biking season is just getting started here in the northern hemisphere there are some late-season epics taking place on the southside.

Photo from cape-epic.com.

The Absa Cape Epic presented by Adidas starts March 21 and is an 8 day stage race across the wilderness of the western cape of Africa. Riders will travel nearly 500 miles and will experience 52,000 feet of climbing (that’s not a typo). Riders must enter as teams of two, perhaps so one person can distract attacking lions 🙂 Check out the official race website for tons of photos from last year’s race, rider blogs, and info on registering for the 2010 race.

Photo from BMC Mountains to Beach.

The BMC Mountains to Beach (MTB) wrapped up this past weekend down in Australia and riders raced more than 230 miles over 5 days from the Snowy Mountains to Narooma in New South Wales. Jason English won the overall race and the solo men’s category with an overall time of 9:53:47. Just over 150 riders made the trek but I have a feeling this race is going to get bigger and bigger every year…

The Pan American MTB Championships are taking place in Santiago, Chile March 20-23 and USA Cycling recently announced its team lineup. The US is sending 20 athletes including some former Olympians like Adam Craig and Georgia Gould. See USACyling.org for the full lineup and we’ll try to keep you posted on results from the races.

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