March 1 2016.

The Mitas-supported 2016 Absa Cape Epic gets underway later this month on Sunday the 13th of March when it leaves the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, South Africa for the 26km Prologue.

Some of the biggest names in endurance mountain biking will line up for this year’s route which will contain more singletrack and more climbs than ever before in the 12-year history of the race. A total 110km of the 652km route will be made up of singletrack trails, and the competitors will tackle some 15,100 metres of climbing during the eight-day prologue and seven stages.

After the start from Meerendal Wine Estate, the riders will transfer to Tulbagh for stages 1 and 2. Stage 3 runs south from Tulbagh to Wellington and the next day’s Stage 4 will be spent on the legendary trails of Welvanpas. Stage 5 includes five rugged climbs between Wellington and the new race village at Boschendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. Stage 6 will introduce riders to the mountain biking delights of the Stellenbosch region before Stage 7 takes them to the Grand Finale again at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.

Mitas is the official tyre of the Cape Epic and is supporting a British athelete not commonly associated with competitive cycling. Head over to our Facebook page - - to see if you can work out who it is and win a Mitas t-shirt and hat.