South Africa

8 days

647 km


15 550m


The Untamed
MTB 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 17, 2019 Prologue 21km 600m
Monday, March 18, 2019 Stage 1 112km 2700m
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Stage 2 86km 2250m
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Stage 3 103km 2800m
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Stage 4 43km 1000m
Friday, March 22, 2019 Stage 5 100km 2850m
Saturday, March 23, 2019 Stage 6 89km 2650m
Sunday, March 24, 2019 Stage 7 70km 1800m
    624km 16650m