Absa Cape Epic 2017

Acerunner's Photo Acerunner 27 Oct 2016

Last time I got in a lot of trouble for saying obvious things like : "This tread is for people preparing for the Epic only"  :thumbdown:  I'm not gonna do that this time.... Please share your info and knowledge on gear, training, nutrition ect ect!

 

Also, don't forget your sense of humor  :thumbup:

 

Good luck with everyone's preparation!! 

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Foxie's Photo Foxie 27 Oct 2016

Last time I got in a lot of trouble for saying obvious things like : "This tread is for people preparing for the Epic only"  :thumbdown:  I'm not gonna do that this time.... Please share your info and knowledge on gear, training, nutrition ect ect!

 

Also, don't forget your sense of humor  :thumbup:

 

Good luck with everyone's preparation!! 

Doing my first epic so all advice is welcomed. Doing W2W next week so that will be the last of the fun rides. Proper epic training will need to kick off afterwards.

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copperhead's Photo copperhead 27 Oct 2016

Depends on your goal. Just ride and have fun.

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Rowber's Photo Rowber 27 Oct 2016

First one for me as well. 

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Acerunner's Photo Acerunner 27 Oct 2016

Gonna be my 3rd one in a row, which I now realize is a bit silly cause im kind of gatvol of riding my bike... Good advice for 1st timers - train like a man!! If you superFIT and strong, it just makes the experience so much better...

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jcza's Photo jcza 27 Oct 2016

Missing out in 2017. (Hope to make a plan still)
Go climb...loads.
Ultras with partner.
Tankwa if possible.
Enjoy and have fun.
It's superb!
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Raemondo's Photo Raemondo 27 Oct 2016

First timer too, and cannot bloody wait!

 

Riding with my dad who will be 70 in Jan - sounds like it'll be a doddle but he and my oldest brother finished around the top half this year so I need to kick the training up big time!

 

Are guys into the full swing pf programs yet or too soon?

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RichA's Photo RichA 08 Nov 2016

Any recommendations for the best/best value options for mechanical support.

 

(Unfortunately I don't have the requisite skills).

 

Some events I have done (Transalp) have a level of general maintenance support open to all. Does CE have any PAYG mecganical support or is it all pre-booked packages.

 

Thanks,

Rich

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Acerunner's Photo Acerunner 08 Nov 2016

Any recommendations for the best/best value options for mechanical support.

(Unfortunately I don't have the requisite skills).

Some events I have done (Transalp) have a level of general maintenance support open to all. Does CE have any PAYG mecganical support or is it all pre-booked packages.

Thanks,
Rich


Not sure about all the packages, but I can tell u one thing, get yourself the best guy/shop thats fits your budget, also, make sure you pick a mechanic thats not overbooked with bikes...

Stakes are so high At the Epic cause of the time and financial commitments just to be there... so this part needs to be right
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Paulst12's Photo Paulst12 08 Nov 2016

First timer too, and cannot bloody wait!

 

Riding with my dad who will be 70 in Jan - sounds like it'll be a doddle but he and my oldest brother finished around the top half this year so I need to kick the training up big time!

 

Are guys into the full swing pf programs yet or too soon?

Sounds like your dad is a proper BEAST / MACHINE / SUPER STAR (in fact every good adjective known to cyclists) ... you should be proud!!

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Gnarly's Photo Gnarly 08 Nov 2016

First timer too, and cannot bloody wait!

 

Riding with my dad who will be 70 in Jan - sounds like it'll be a doddle but he and my oldest brother finished around the top half this year so I need to kick the training up big time!

 

Are guys into the full swing pf programs yet or too soon?

 

Good luck with the old man on Stages 4-7 ..... Yoh that diesel engine kicks in. And he's no slouch on the downhill's either.

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Dick's Photo Dick 08 Nov 2016

Not sure about all the packages, but I can tell u one thing, get yourself the best guy/shop thats fits your budget, also, make sure you pick a mechanic thats not overbooked with bikes...

Stakes are so high At the Epic cause of the time and financial commitments just to be there... so this part needs to be right

I Disagree,

 

If your bike is services and all ware parts replaced before the start you will be fine. for the rest (broken chain collapsed fork etc.) use the the service at the epic. Done 3 and wasted money on the 1st one doing the service route.

 

But hey the bike shops need to make enough to carry them through the year, so if you buy in good for them.

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Acerunner's Photo Acerunner 08 Nov 2016

I Disagree,

 

If your bike is services and all ware parts replaced before the start you will be fine. for the rest (broken chain collapsed fork etc.) use the the service at the epic. Done 3 and wasted money on the 1st one doing the service route.

 

But hey the bike shops need to make enough to carry them through the year, so if you buy in good for them.

Valid point, but im still sticking with my opinion, In life there are only two bills I pay with a smile, the one is for the lady who cleans the house, and the other is for the mechanic on the epic... Ive never had my bike with a shop, alwayz used a private guy... He keeps all our extra bags, nutrition, rides our bikes back to pta when we done ect ect.. .I even had a problem with my pillow on stage 2, after we finished the stage, the mechanic already got me a new one.. 

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Raemondo's Photo Raemondo 08 Nov 2016

Sounds like your dad is a proper BEAST / MACHINE / SUPER STAR (in fact every good adjective known to cyclists) ... you should be proud!!

Proud and inspired - starting now and aiming to be there at 70 too

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Raemondo's Photo Raemondo 08 Nov 2016

Good luck with the old man on Stages 4-7 ..... Yoh that diesel engine kicks in. And he's no slouch on the downhill's either.

I learnt that at Berg and Bush. Was very cocky on day one, waiting a bit for him. Day two he was back and day 3 he put the hurt into me. And trying to hold onto him down Spionkop was terrifying 

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varkie2's Photo varkie2 08 Nov 2016

I Disagree,

 

If your bike is services and all ware parts replaced before the start you will be fine. for the rest (broken chain collapsed fork etc.) use the the service at the epic. Done 3 and wasted money on the 1st one doing the service route.

 

But hey the bike shops need to make enough to carry them through the year, so if you buy in good for them.

I agree with ****.

 

We did it this year on fresh bikes. The only problem we had was a dented back rim on stage 4. Also note the guys that wash your bike after as part of the epic can cause serious k@k... I know of many guys including myself that had forks seized up (mine was 1 month old) because of waterjets going into the seals. Mine happened on stage 2. Had to come down ou wa pad in Tulbagh with a solid fork. Luckily Rock Shox were at hand to service it. Otherwise no problems.

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