The 2010 route has been announced and again the Epic has not disappointed with their continued quest to re-invent themselves year after year. Here is a short run down of the stages:
Stage 1: Diemersfontein (Wellington) to Ceres, 117km / 2190m
Stage 2: Ceres to Ceres, 90km / 1625m
Stage 3: Ceres to Ceres, 115km / 2280m
Stage 4: Ceres to Worcester, 86km / 1640m
Stage 5: Worcester (TTT), 27km / 860m
Stage 6: Worcester to Oak Valley (Grabouw), 123km / 2230m
Stage 7: Oak Valley to Oak Valley, 99km / 2160m
Stage 8: Oak Valley to Lourensford (Somerset West), 65km / 1640m
Total: 722km / 14625m
Get the full route detail here:
At first glance the route does again look a bit easier. It’s definitely shorter, there is less climbing and its one day shorter than last year! I again do not think it will be as tough as the 2008 race but it is definitely not going to be easy!
Oh and one more thing! Lisa had been given the opportunity to re-open the restaurant on Eikendal Wine Estate (on the R44 between Somerset West) over the December holidays (http://www.eikendal.com/website1/main2.htm). Please come out and support her! They have an awesome breakfast and lunch menu and they do pre-packed picnics! It’s a great coffee stop whilst training or bring the misses for a picnic on a Sunday afternoon to make up for all the time spent away on the bike!