South AfricaAfrica

8 days

647 km


15 550m


The UntamedAfricanMTB Race


The Absa Cape Epic is a physically grueling and mentally demanding mountain bike multi- stage race. It is hosted in South Africa’s Western Cape region amidst arguably some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in Africa. Every year the race follows a different route that takes riders through rugged terrain, up rocky climbs and down thrilling technical descents. It is an eight-day journey that has, over the years, become a rite of passage for mountain bikers the world over.

The race attracts professional and serious amateur entrants from across the planet that participate in two-person teams. It’s a test of skill, fitness, partnership, equipment and mettle and provides a rider experience that is a benchmark for world mountain biking.

“Winning the Absa Cape Epic was the base for the perfect season. It really spiced up the soup.  It is the biggest stage race to win and something I’m super proud of.”

Nino Schurter
Multiple World Champion and 2019 Absa Cape Epic Winner

Sunday, March 21, 2021 Prologue 20km 600m
Monday, March 22, 2021 Stage 1 98km 1800m
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Stage 2 94km 2050m
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Stage 3 88km 2100m
Thursday, March 25, 2021 Stage 4 101km 1950m
Friday, March 26, 2021 Stage 5 85km 2900m
Saturday, March 27, 2021 Stage 6 95km 2300m
Sunday, March 28, 2021 Stage 7 66km 1850m
    647km 15550m