Phil & Matthys finish well on the shortened stage, due to the extreme heat and high drop out rate of riders the previous day.
Team Pyga Euro Steel made their presence felt and took the racing to the leaders on a daily basis. Managing their efforts and controlling the pace was a sensible tactic, given the extreme heat.
Tight on the turns, hard on the gas - the racing was full on from the gun.
Riders could not consume enough water to negate the losses due to the heat. Keeping core body temperatures down was key.
Early morning and the riders climb the first climb out of Hermanus. The efforts were put in from the start of each stage and there was no let up the entire stage.
The picturesque wine farms of landscape was decorated by the enthusiastic followers and supporters of this great stage race. Even the dams were decorated with cyclists!
Another brutally hot day of dry and dusty conditions, 102km with 2350m of climbing.
This day was a transition stage to a new finish venue via Shaw's Pass and The Ridge, to reach the outskirts of Greyton, a small town with significant history.
Stage 4 - 112km with2150m of climbing. Start in Elandskloof finishing in Oak Valley, Elgin.
Traversing the dry farm regions including district and farm roads, the riders come across some spectacular historical and significant memories from the past.
The best of the best - World & Olympic Champions, SA Champions, All Africa Champions, 5 x winners of the Epic (Sauser & Platt) - all the best of the best were here to contest this race.
The contrasting lines of the recently burnt scrub at the Houw Hoek Inn created a framework for this shot once the riders had just summited the brutal climb.
The finish line - a delight to see, recognition of an amazing achievement completed.
Racing out of Oak Valley and through awesome single track, a network of mountain bike trails, the riders enjoyed a shorter stage in mountain biking heaven.
One moment, frozen in time, immortalized for ever - almost impossible to re-stage this moment, Team Pyga Euro Steel chase the leaders after a puncture at a very bad time. The image came together after careful consideration of what was wanted in the picture - the helicopter so close was a huge bonus.
The run into the finish, "only" 85km, but with the goal in mind of crossing the final finish line of this year's event.
Early tension, but deep down huge relief at getting through this iconic stage race.
Tracked by the word's media, the leaders are mindful of the need to represent the brands that they carry to the best of their ability.
The Pyga Stage was the bike of choice of the team and it proved it's worth without a single mechanical issue or hiccup along the 691km.
The joy, the elation - the finish line. Val de Vie hosted the ever popular finish for the first time, and did a great job at bring home each and every rider.
The world loves to hear the views of the winners.
The rides embrace the moment and realize the magnitude of their success.
Look at the reflection in Phil's glasses to the see the mass of media trying to get a comment or photo.
`That's a wrap until 2018'