Every year, the Absa Cape Epic early bird entries sell out faster than you can say ‘Indwa’ (the Zulu name for South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane). But, as an entrant into The Pioneer, you have the unique possibility of guaranteeing a team entry for yourself and your partner.

The Absa Cape Epic, the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race, brings together top professional mountain bikers and serious amateurs from around the globe to race a new route every year. The Absa Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike event in the world and the only eight-day stage race classed as hors catégorie (beyond categorisation) by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the same category as the iconic Grand Tours of road cycling.

The ruggedly beautiful terrain, breathtaking scenery and premier full-service race comforts are now legendary in mountain biking circles - as is the unpredictability of African weather conditions, ensuring the challenge is nothing short of epic in anyone’s language.


Absa Cape Epic Qualification

5 guaranteed team entries will be available by winning your category and 5 guaranteed team entries will be drawn at a special ceremony before the finisher’s party of The Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race in New Zealand.

To qualify for one of these entries please complete the form below to register your interest. 


Qualification Guidelines

  1. Open Men
  2. Open Women
  3. Open Mixed
  4. Masters 40+ 
  5. Grandmasters 50+