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Absa Cape Epic MTB Training Camp

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29th January - 4th February 2016
Come and join the only official European training camp for the magical and untamed African mountain bike race, the Absa Cape Epic. Every year in the end of March South Africa hosts a well known stage race held over 8 days of approximately 800km and 16.000m of climbing for amateurs and professionals from around the world (



Lanzarote is the ideal location to train for such an adventurous and extreme event with similar road and track conditions and the same warm and sunny climate. This camp is not only for Absa Cape Epic (future) participants, but for all experienced mountain bike riders with a passion for stage racing (you should be able to ride 4-5 hours on the mountain bike daily).

We will have different lectures on stage race nutrition, “Epic experience”, Absa Cape Epic 2016 race/practical information.

The routes will vary both in length and difficulty, taking you to the far south, through the fascinating Fire Mountains and up to the north with the view over the nearby island La Graciosa. The dramatic landscape of the island and the wind will challenge you on the lava fields, gravel and sandy roads, single tracks, jeep tracks and rocky descents. The daily rides will be between 3 and 6 hours, organized in different group levels. Karl Platt and Sally Bigham, together with the hosts and Green Team bike guides, will offer you plenty of challenges, guidance and many unforgettable off road experiences. On top of that you will get the chance to challenge yourself and experience the race adrenaline in the Club La Santa 4 stage Mountain Bike Race taking place on the 30th of January - 2nd February 2016. Please remember to register for the race as well as the camp, if you wish to join both.

Provisional Programme


10.00 Departure Day ride: 2-3 hours
          (recon Saturday stage of MTB race)
15.00 Welcome meeting
16.00 Registration MTB 4 stage MTB race


10.30 Start of 30K MTB race
11.30 Recovery ride (1-2 hours), optional


09.00 Start of 60k MTB race


09.00 Start of 25k MTB ITT race
18.30 Movie: Absa Cape Epic


09.00 Start of 80K MTB race
19.00 Talk - Questions & Answers


09.00 Departure Day ride: 2 hour
19.30 Dinner


09.45 Departure Day ride: 4-5 hours


Karl Platt, has won the Absa Cape Epic 4 times and the Transalp 7 times and also the Transrookies, Transgermany and other World Cup races. Thsi will be the 4th time Karl will be helping out with this camp.

Sally Bigham, 4 times finisher and 2 times winner of the Absa Cape Epic, Topeak-Ergon Racing Team rider, Silver Medal UCI World Marathon Championships 2013, 4 x Silver Medal UEC European Marathon Championships, 3 x Transalp Winner,  5 times British Marathon Champion. Over the last few years Sally has acquired lots of experience of marathon and stage races and she will be on hand to offer help and advice throughout the camp.

Book your place now!

The price is 130€ for the week, including all activities in the programme, entrance to the 4 Stage MTB Race, a t-shirt and the celebratory dinner.

Places are limited, early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment. Please note that the camp is restricted to guests staying at Club La Santa.

If you would like to rent a Cannondale Mountain bike for the week, please contact with your name and the size that you need for prices and availability.

From time to time, there are not enough participants in an event to ensure that everyone can enjoy a good experience, in which case we reserve the right to cancel. This happens rarely and should this occur you would be refunded the full amount.