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Watch the 2018 Prologue

The 2018 Absa Cape Epic Prologue is set to entertain and delight on, with a fast-paced cross-country style course around the front face of the famous landmark, Table Mountain and back to the University of Cape Town.

There are three vantage points - both of which are in the Table Mountain National Park – for spectators to watch the action unfold.

The Race Village at UCT, which will also host registration for the riders, will provide entertainment for the whole family with a kiddies pump track and the Virgin Active Club-V Kids Zone to keep the little ones busy, while adults can enjoy the Castle Free Chill Zone providing shade, refreshing drinks and big screen TVs to keep track of the action. Absa Cape Epic merchandise will be on sale at the Epic Logo store for that take-home memento of a special day.

Bring the family and join us to celebrate 1 300 riders as they begin their untamed journey of eight days, 658km and 13 530m of climbing. 

Start: 06:40
UCI Women start: 10:39
UCI Men start: 11:46 

Parking and entrance is free! 


Directions to the University of Cape Town from the N1

Head towards Cape Town on the N1  
Take the M5 Exit towards Maitland 4km
Take Exit 9B to merge onto Settlers Way 2,5km
Take Exit 6 for M3/Rhodes Drive towards Muizenberg 900m
Take Exit 7 towards Woolsack Drive 200m
Continue STRAIGHT onto Cross Campus Road


Follow signs to Public Parking   

Directions to the University of Cape Town from the N2

Head towards Cape Town on the N2  
Take Exit 6 for M3/Rhodes Drive towards Muizenberg 900m 
Take Exit 7 onto Woolsack Drive  200m 
Continue STRAIGHT onto Cross Campus Road   
Follow signs for Public Parking    


Watch the Racing

World Champions, Olympic medallists and courageous amateurs will begin their 2018 Absa Cape Epic journey on the 18th of March on the slopes of Table Mountain at the University of Cape Town. 

Watch from the comfort of the Castle Free Chill Zone, the big screen in the race village or at Vantage Points along the route.

The first riders roll over the start line at 6:40am with the UCI Women starting from 10:30am and UCI Men starting from 11:45am



Club-V Kids Zone and Pump Track

Kids of all ages can have tons of fun in the Virgin Active's kids-only offering, Club-V which is designed to inspire, educate and make it fun for kids to get active.

Supporters can safely leave their children between the ages of 3 and 13 in the hands of the capable Club-V teamChildren will have loads of activities to choose from, including Swing Ball, Soccer, Cricket, Active Play, Skills and Drills, Free Play a Mini Obstacle Courses and more.

Many of the little ones will be inspired to emulate their heroes. We have just the forum for them to do so: there will be a kids’ bike fun race and a pump track to expend some energy.



Food and Refreshments

Relax and enjoy a drink in the shaded Castle Free Chill Zone while watching the action live on television or the big screen.

There will also be a range of food trucks in the race village, so all tastes will be accommodated for: grab a bite before you settle down to enjoy the drama of the Prologue finish line.