Not since 2017 has the Absa Cape Epic Prologue unfolded at Meerendal Wine Estate, and in 2023 it will be a welcome return to the estate and its world-class trails. Meerendal has hosted the Absa Cape Epic on eight previous occasions, meaning that returning riders may be versed in what’s to come, but that’s before considering that the trail teams who carve and perfect the trails in the area have spent the last few years expanding the trail network across neighbouring farms and estates. There will be climbing from the off in the nineteenth edition of the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race, up the Stairway to Heaven all the way to the summit of the Dorstberg. Downhill skills will be required too, on trails traversing Fair Cape and Hoogekraal before a final climb leads back into Meerendal and the new singletracks on the estate’s lower slopes. For the fans lining the trails and those watching from home the iconic Cape Town landmarks, Table Mountain and Robben Island, provide a sublime backdrop to what is sure to be thrilling racing.