You have seen  trend all over twitter the past week, tracking the progress of the gruelling Cape Epic. Local and international riders put themselves to the ultimate test by tackling the seven-stage race. This year the route was 654 km and included more climbing per kilometre for the competitors to conquer.

After eight days of punishing routes and hard riding, the incredible race came to an end yesterday. Karl Platt and Urs Huber of Team Bulls claimed overall victory of the 2016 Cape Epic with an overall time of 28:13.28,4. According to Sport24, Platt is the second person to win the Cape Epic five times.

In the Women’s category, Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad of Spur-Specialized sealed their third successive title, finishing at 33:30.48,0. With all the training, mental and physical preparation, a race like this takes more than eight days of courage, it takes a year. All the riders spend a long time preparing for the Cape Epic, and should feel proud of the phenomenal task they accomplished by finishing.

Here are some pictures from the Cape Epic’s #8DaysOfCourage:

Photography courtesy Cape Epic 

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