Cape Town - The Absa Cape Epic Prologue will be moving from its planned
venue at the University of Cape Town to Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.
follows consultation between the race management and the police over recent
protests at UCT and the potential for further instability.
The Prologue takes
place on March 13 and was scheduled to start and finish on the UCT
unfortunate to make the move at this late stage, but we have to prioritise the
safety of all of our stakeholders and heed the advice that we have received,”
said Absa Cape Epic Chief Executive Officer Lynn Naudé.
The event on the day
would be attended by riders, spectators, sponsor representatives, media, staff
previously hosted the Absa Cape Epic Prologue in 2013 and 2014 and contains a
network of mountain bike trails and other suitable facilities.
very grateful to Meerendal owner Herman Coertze for agreeing to host us,” said
“All preparations were already in place to host the Grand Finale at
Meerendal on March 20 and our team is currently adjusting our
plans to also stage a world class Prologue on the wine estate on March 13.”Other than the Prologue change, the rest of the
Absa Cape Epic route will stay the same and takes the race to Tulbagh,
Wellington and Stellenbosch.