Held over 8 days in March every year, the Absa Cape Epic covers 700km, climbs 15 000m and traverses South Africa’s spectacular Western Cape. Known as “the Tour de France of mountain biking”, the untamed African mountain bike race brings together top professionals and serious amateurs from around the world to race a new route every year. The ruggedly beautiful terrain, rocky climbs, thrilling descents, breath-taking scenery and premier full-service race comforts are now legendary in mountain biking circles – as is the unpredictability of the African elements, ensuring the challenge is nothing short of epic in anyone’s language.

Tough to finish,
Even tougher to start

Each year, entries sell out in seconds. Slots are in high demand, and those who miss out have to wait another year, hoping for the chance to ride the untamed African mountain bike race. Until now! Epic Series Qualifier Races offer riders the opportunity secure their spot. Register your interest and you could guarantee your start at next year’s Absa Cape Epic, either with a stellar performance, or via the Lottery Draw, held at the end of each race for all successful finishers.

How to qualify

Register your interest in the following ways:

  • During the online registration process.
  • At the Epic Series Help Desk at race pack collection

A nominal fee applies, with the proceeds going to one of the official Absa Cape Epic Charity Partners.