Absa Cape epic comes to Caledon – a major coup for the town says The Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa
On the back of the announcement of the highly-anticipated, official announcement of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic route, The Caledon Casino, Hotel & Spa has touted the inclusion of Caledon on the route for the first time is a major coup for the town.
“The Absa Cape Epic is the world’s largest, full service mountain bike stage race, attracting thousands of riders from across the country and around the world to South Africa’s Western Cape. Being on the route means great things for Caledon.”
“Aside from the direct positive economic impact of having the massive influx of participants, their supporters, media and spectators to our town, the event will put us on the map for mountain bike enthusiasts as well as local and foreign tourists who have never had the privilege of experiencing this exquisite part of the country before. This will undoubtedly have a positive spin-off for tourism in Caledon for many years to come.”
“This is an invaluable chance for us to entrench Caledon in the minds of everyone who passes through here during the Absa Cape Epic by making their experience with us an endearing one, with awesome hospitality, friendliness, great service and an energetic vibe,” says Paul Campbell, General Manager at The Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa, who adds that The Caledon Hotel is fully-booked for the “Epic period”.
Next year’s Absa Cape Epic takes place from the 25th of March to the 1st of April. Racers will engulf Caledon on Wednesday the 28th of March for the finish of Stage 3 of the race. On Thursday the 29th of March, Caledon will host the start and finish of Stage 4. The start of Stage 5 will kick off the following day (30 March) when the riders will move out of town.
The official race village, where riders, crew and media will stay while they’re in Caledon, will be hosted at Overberg High and Primary Schools.
The Absa Cape Epic takes place annually. The route changes every year, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers through about 800 kilometres of the unspoiled nature of the Western Cape.
Riders get 24-hour full service facilities during the race, including tented accommodation in race villages, carbo-loaded breakfasts and dinners, race nutrition, bike servicing, masseurs, and stage location specific entertainment every evening.
Over the years, host towns have welcomed riders amidst great fanfare, creating a festival-like atmosphere around the event with entertainment and activities on the fringe of the main spectacle. http://www.cape-epic.com/mediagallery.php
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Caledon to show the rest of the country and the world what we’re made of and what we have to offer,” concludes Campbell. For more information with regards to the Cape Epic please visit http://www.cape-epic.com.