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6th Stage: Stellenbosch – Stellenbosch. Distance: 76 km. Climbing: 2700 m
Boasting more singletrack per kilometre of racing than in any other 2022 Absa Cape Epic stage, Stage 6 is one for the mountain biking purists, as it explores the famed Banhoek, Idas Valley, StellenboschTrail Fund and Jonkershoek valleys. The route departs Stellenbosch by climbing Botmaskop, mixing dual- and singletrack, before dropping into the Banhoek Valley along a series of tightly twisting switchbacks. In the valley itself rocky trails await before the climb back out, via Tokara and the lower slopes of Botmaskop. The route to Jonkershoek traverses high, above a castle in the sky, then snakes up and down, climbing Irish, descending Armageddon and Red Phoenix, then up Bosluis and Firehut before a last descent. Racing home to Stellenbosch, the trail follows the Eerste River and includes a trying final ascent before the finish line on the Coetzenburg fields beckons.
Tune in tomorrow for live coverage of Stage 7
|Date||Stage||Live Broadcast Window (local time (GMT+2))|
|20-Mar-22||Prologue||11:00 – 15:30||Lourensford Wine Estate|
|21-Mar-22||Stage 1||08:30 – 12:00||Lourensford Wine Estate|
|22-Mar-22||Stage 2||08:30 – 12:40||Lourensford Wine Estate|
|23-Mar-22||Stage 3||08:30 – 11:45||Greyton|
|24-Mar-22||Stage 4||08:30 – 11:00||Greyton|
|25-Mar-22||Stage 5||08:30 – 12:20||Greyton|
|26-Mar-22||Stage 6||08:30 – 12:00||Stellenbosch|
|27-Mar-22||Grand Finale||08:30 – 12:00||Val de Vie|
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