The 2018 Absa Cape Epic route will see eight days of grueling racing over 658 kilometers around the Western Cape. 1 300 riders are competing from 53 countries.

Behind the scenes, staff is working long hours to make sure everything is clinically executed.

Organising the race takes up to two years of planning. 31 towns have been visited since 2004, bringing in lots of employment and revenue to these towns.

There are in total 2 000 tents for the rider village, the media village, the crew village, as well as for the catering staff. 2 000 breakfasts and dinners are served each day.

The riders need energy and one ton of pasta is used 2 700 litres of milk, 138 kilograms of butter and 112 litres of honey.

Besides the amateurs, the race has seen 12 Olympic medallists, 27 world champions and a Tour de France winner take part.

The race offers a full race hospital. There are roughly 2 000 consultations over the 8 days – 80 riders a day are treated daily for saddle sores. The Mediclinic team consists of 7 doctors and 7 professional nurses.

Other services required are the bike park, the mechanics and all together 8 400 bags of laundry are washed during the event.

It is a grueling race not only for the cyclists, but also for all the people working long hours behind the scenes.