The ABSA Cape Epic Workout Series

Calling all Mountain Bikers!

Ever get the feeling  your Mountain Bike training gets somewhat... neglected? No more!

We have partnered with one of the hardest Mountain Bike races in the world, the Absa Cape Epic to bring Mountain Bike specific training content to Zwift!

We've been following the progress of Kevin Vermaak as he trains for the Cape Epic on Zwift, we'll also bring you his story, his unique challenges and race results . Below is the first instalment in a 2 part series where we head to Cape Town and catch up with Kevin at the Absa Cape Epic HQ.

We have sought the expertise of four-time Cape Epic champion Annika Langvad, who knows first hand what’s needed to face such a hardcore challenge. With her knowledge and experience, we have produced this 8 week workout series to help Zwifters prepare for mountain bike challenges like the Cape Epic.

Annika will be joined by the Absa Cape Epic founder Kevin Vermaak to take on the Cape Epic group workout series. Kevin will be training remotely with his partner Andrew Hunt in Costa Rica, and will be using Zwift to give them an extra edge going into the competition. Keep an eye out for previous winners and other mountain bike pros competing in this year’s Cape Epic joining the weekly workouts too!

These group workouts will be hosted on Tuesdays and Thursdays around 7.30pm CET from 22 January to 14 March and will be solely focused toward improving your fitness for Mountain Biking.

Missed the series? Fear not, these workouts are available to download here and will be available in-game soon!

About the Cape Epic:

The Absa Cape Epic, often dubbed 'Un-tameable', is a 600km+ beast of a Mountain Bike race. It has 8 stages over 8 days covering over 16,000m of climbing around the western cape of South Africa.  Kevin founded the Cape Epic at a time when mountain biking in South Africa was in its infancy. Since then, it’s become the most televised mountain bike race in the world and the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classified as hors catégorie by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). This official UCI status makes it a highlight on any Mountain Bikers calendar.