Good news for the riders of the ABSA Cape Epic is the Plum Pudding Descent on the prologue route has had some work done on it — just yesterday — so you don’t need to stress too much about this section.
Local trail builder Trailtroops has been up there and the trail is running sweet. Yes, it’s still the same trail with around a 33% gradient, 75m elevation drop and is about 200m long — the trail has not changed — it’s just been repaired and flows well.
Now, remember, you can’t win the Cape Epic here – but you certainly can lose it. On this section it’s important to stay calm, relax the shoulders, drop the outside pedal around the turns, look through the turns, pull your navel towards your spine on the steep section and don’t over brake.
Remember this trail only represents 1% of the prologue route and it’s not worth riding above your skill level down here — no matter what the crowd says! Have a jol.