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Mountain Bikers Brave Rugged Terrain in Cape Town Race

Mountain bikers compete during the 83-mile long Stage 3 of the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race near Cape Town, South Africa.
Image: Competitors ride through a dry river bed during the longest stage of the annual Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race near Cape Town, South Africa
Competitors ride through a dry river bed during the longest stage of the annual Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race near Cape Town, South Africa, on March 26. Stage 3 was just over 83 miles long and had a cutoff time of ten hours. The multi-day stage race is known as the 'Tour de France' of mountain biking and sees 1,200 competitors riding nearly 450 miles in seven days. The competition draws the worlds leading professional racers as well as amateur cyclists. KIM LUDBROOK / EPA

Competitors ride through a dry river bed during the longest stage of the annual Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race near Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday. Stage 3 was just over 83 miles long and had a cutoff time of ten hours. The multi-day stage race is known as the 'Tour de France' of mountain biking and sees 1,200 competitors riding nearly 450 miles in seven days. The competition draws the worlds leading professional racers as well as amateur cyclists.

Mountain bikers ride through a drop-off during the longest stage of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race near Cape Town, South Africa, on March 26.KIM LUDBROOK / EPA