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Asba Cape Epic MTB week - Club La Santa

25th January to 2nd February 2013

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 2013 race/ practical information. The week will end with a dinner where companions can join in for the price of €26 for a 3 course menu and ½ bottle of wine.

Training rides:
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. Four times Absa Cape Epic finisher Laurent Sillon, together with the hosts and Green Team bike guides, will offer you plenty of challenges, guidance and many unforgettable off road experiences.

Camp Registration and travel arrangements:
The camp is restricted to guests staying at Club La Santa during the event. Pre-registration is required as we have a limited number of participants. The price for the Absa Cape Epic Training Camp is 130 Euros for 1 week or 150 Euros for the full 10 days, including all activities on the programme, sandwiches and refreshments on long rides, a service car, event t-shirt, dinner and free entry to the Club La Santa 4 Stage Mountain Bike Race. The full payment for the camp will take place in the welcome meeting upon arrival in Club La Santa, register for the camp now at www.clublasanta.com

Laurent Sillon
, 4 times Absa Cape Epic finisher will be the leader of this camp. He has been working at Club La Santa since 1994. From March 2006 he has been organizing all the popular Club La Santa Bike Weeks in co-operation with the Event Week Coordinator. Laurent has 30 years experience of cycling and MTB including some years of A-Level/advanced amateur level cycling in both Lanzarote and his home country, France.

Sally Bigham, Topeak-Ergon Racing Team rider, will be a guest on this camp. The 3 times British Marathon Champion, currently ranked 2nd in the UCI Marathon World Rankings, finished 3rd in the Cape Epic mixed pairs in 2010. Over the last few years Sally has acquired lots of experience of marathon and stage races and she will be onhand to offer help and advice throughout the Club La Santa Cape Epic training camp.

Karl Platt, has won the Absa Cape Epic 4 times and the Transalp 6 times and also the Transrookies, Transgermany and other World Cup races. Karl helped out on the camp in 2012 and enjoyed it so much, that he will be with us again in 2013.

Provisional Programme – subject to alteration:

10.00 Welcome meeting
11.00 Departure Day ride: 2-3 hours (recon Saturday stage of MTB race)
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
13.00 Very short recovery ride (1 hour max.), optional
18.00 Lecture “Absa Cape Epic 2013”

09.00 Start of 25k MTB ITT race
18.30 Movie: Absa Cape Epic 2012

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

09.00 Departure Day ride: 2 hour
19.30 Dinner in restaurant ”La Casa”

09.45 Departure Day ride: 4-5 hours

09.45 Departure Day ride: 3-4 hours

09.45 Departure Day ride: 2-3 hours

Accommodation can be booked with Club La Santa, for prices and information on booking please visit www.clublasanta.co.uk or contact our reservations team on +44 161 790 9890

**Please note Club La Santa reserves the right to change or cancel any event**

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