The Absa Cape Epic has been postponed to later in 2021. This is according to a statement released by the organisers of this tough mountain bike race.
The race, held in the Western Cape, typically covers just over 700 kilometres and lasts eight days in total.
The first race was held in 2004 and this is the first time that it has had to be postponed.
According to Michael Flinn, the Managing Director of the Absa Cape Epic, the decision to postpone the event has been made due to an upsurge of international and local COVID-19 cases, and the ever-changing restrictions relating to mass participation events in South Africa.
"We at the Absa Cape Epic appreciate this may not be the news that our riders were hoping to receive… but we want to ensure you have the maximum notice and opportunity to plan for the rescheduled event date."
The new date has been announced as 17 to 24 October 2021.
The staged race is a favourite among mountain bike riders across the globe, and the race is known as the Tour de France of mountain biking.
Flinn further added that he "would like to thank all of our riders as well as our sponsors and stakeholders for their understanding and unwavering support in what has been an extremely demanding year.
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