Absa Cape Epic has confirmed that fans of the mountain bike stage race, which is set to take place from 19th to 26th March 2017, will be able to watch the race via live streaming, the event website, TV coverage, a tracking app and more.
The Absa Cape Epic’s live event website has been upgraded it to make it easier to navigate and to offer more insights into the Untamed African MTB Race. These include a live ticker feed, which will be constantly updated with the latest news from the route – from information about the leaders to conditions on the day and all the drama. Available from 18th March 2017, the site also includes videos and images, stage information, social media feeds and results.
The SuperSport live coverage and daily highlight packages include the live prologue on 19th March 2017 on SuperSport and on the event website for international fans. Viewers will also get to watch all the top riders on the course at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville. The final stage, called ‘The Grand Finale’, on 26th March 2017 will also be broadcast live and the international live countries list can be found here. As usual there will be highlights packages shown on SuperSport each evening. This year, however, they will be broadcast an hour earlier than in the past.
This year, fans can also watch live race coverage of all stages via its daily live streaming on the event website. This coverage will allow fans to watch a summary of the previous day’s action, the race start and then live racing.
The stream will include commentary from Gerald de Kock in the race village, former professional rider Neill Gardiner’s updates from the race helicopter and radio personality Jeff Ayliffe’s updates from spectator points and the finish line.
Absa Cape Epic will keep viewers in touch with the top men and women in the race via the helicopter, two e-bikes out on the course with cameras, and coverage from the water points and the finish line.
After the live streaming the finish line camera will carry on running until the daily cut-off. It will afford riders an opportunity to send messages to their friends and family and our team of announcers will keep viewers up to date with developments and interviews through the day.
Although riders can be tracked via the website, the best way of keeping an eye on key riders is to download the Dimension Data app. The Dimension Data tracking app, will enable enthusiasts to follow any team in the field and where they are on the route at any given time. Once fans have downloaded the app, all they need to do is ‘favourite’ the teams they want to follow and they will get to see how the team is doing compared to nearby teams, what gradients they are on at the time and their speeds. The app will also let followers know what the weather conditions are like on the stage.
In addition, Absa Cape Epic has also launched the Fantasy League competition on the Bike Hub website. To win a free entry to the 2018 Absa Cape Epic courtesy of USN or daily prizes of USN products, enthusiasts must predict the stage winners and overall champions in the five categories (men’s, women’s, mixed, masters and grand masters) and the two special jersey races (Absa African and Exxaro). Points will be scored each day based on the performance of their prediction, with the elite men’s and women’s categories getting an extra weighting. Extra points will be awarded for the overall predictions. The overall predictions will need to be done before the race starts on 19th March 2017 but daily selections can be done until midnight before each stage.
Furthermore, viewers can also get to see the best pictures from the Absa Cape Epic photographers in The Bike Hub’s competition and vote for their favourite photos. Every day each photographer will submit their favourite shot with a short note explaining its context. From the next day, the photographs will be on The Bike Hub and voting will take place over the next 12 hours. Each day’s winner will go through to the finals on 29th March 2017. Fans will then get an opportunity to vote for the overall winner, who will get a R10,000 prize. The result will be announced on 3rd April 2017 and voters who chose the winning picture will go into a lucky draw for a signed and framed version of the photograph.
Lastly, for those who are in the Western Cape and who want to get to the event itself can find out about spectator opportunities in the Ride Guide, which can be downloaded here.