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The Cape Epic was awarded Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) status in 2005 - the first-ever team mountain bike stage race to achieve this. At the time it was the only mountain bike race in Africa to appear on the UCI calendar. Since then, the Absa Cape Epic has qualified as a Hors Catégorie (beyond categorisation) event for both professional men and women contenders.

The Absa Cape Epic Men's and Women's category winners get 320 UCI points per team (160 per rider). This can have a huge impact on the racing season, and compares favourably to the UCI awarding 300 points to the individual winner of a Mountain Bike World Championship

 

UCI Points

The Absa Cape Epic is classified SHC (stage hors categorie) by the UCI, which is the highest classification awarded by the UCI. There are only 5 HC bike stage races in the world, the other four HC classified races are: Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Cyprus Sunshine Cup.

The following UCI points are awarded to each rider in a team according to the following GC / overall results. No UCI points are awarded for stage results

Men and Women

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160 150 140 130 120 110 100 90 80 70 65 60 55 50 45 40 38 36 34  32 30
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28 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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