The ‘Epic’ Bike Race That Never Was

This is two riders’ story of Cape Epic — a grueling 8-day challenge of endurance, technical skill, and, above all, teamwork.

In 2019, global education company Education First (EF) teamed up with cycling brand Rapha to establish the Alternative Calendar. Devised to disrupt the status quo in cycling, the Alternative Calendar takes teams of riders across the world, where they participate in everything from mountain excursions to weeklong ultras.

Think Dirty Kanza, GBDuro, Leadville 100, and Cape Epic. In EF’s Gone Racing series, we get a glimpse of the action.

In this 2020 series premiere, we hear the race story of two riders, Lachlan Morton and Alex Howe. Held in the Western Cape region, Cape Epic pits participants against 8 days of rough terrain, constant climbing, and searing temperatures.

Riders compete in teams of two with no outside assistance — meaning before, during, and after each stage, it’s all about the teamwork.

“It’s just him and me out there,” said Howes. And it’s evident from this film that it’s not about being the most capable rider. It’s about having fun on a bike with a friend.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. She has a degree in English and Journalism, and been writing professionally for over five years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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