It is important that every Absa Cape Epic rider fully understands the rules. We encourage all riders to carefully read through these before starting their training, refer back to them during training and have a last read through before coming to the event.
Ignorance of the rules will not be considered as a mitigating factor.
Top 10 Rules for Amateur Riders
1. RULE 4.1: All South African residents participating in the race will be required to produce a valid Cycling South Africa (CSA) licence at race registration, or will be charged the applicable fee levied by CSA. All international riders will be required to produce a valid license from their national federation or pay the applicable fee levied by CSA. (You will need a racing license if you are participating in the UCI categories, if not you will only need a CSA membership. Please contact CSA directly for more info via www.cyclingsa.com.)
2. RULE 4.4: To start in (i) the masters category, both riders must be 40 years or older and (ii) the grandmasters category, both riders must be 50 years or older, respectively, on 31 December of the year in which the race takes place. (It is the responsibility of the riders to ensure that they are registered in the correct category.)
3. RULE 6.1: Riders will only have their entries confirmed after the race organisers receive a signed Absa Cape Epic medical certificate from a medical doctor verifying the rider’s health status to compete in an endurance race of this nature. (No medical form = No ride)
4. RULE 9.1: Riders must ride with their team partner at all times, and must remain within the maximum allowable separation time, namely 2 minutes. (You must ride with your partner.)
5. RULE 11.9: The organisers may make provision for a course practice. No riders are allowed on the course outside the official practice times (if applicable) or on race day before their allocated start time. (No training is allowed on the official route.)
6. RULE 13.7: No rider shall trespass at any time of the year on land which is not open to the public for mountain biking and which forms part of the race route of any edition of the race, nor will any rider distribute any GPS co-ordinates in respect of the route at any time, including but not limited to, uploads onto online platforms such as Strava.
7. Not completing a stage of the race
- RULE 15.8:Any rider who does not start a stage at all will automatically be qualified as a blue board rider. (“blue board rider” means members of a team who have failed to complete any stage within the maximum stage time, but are allowed to continue the race in terms of rule 17)
- RULE 17.1: Any rider who does not complete a stage within the maximum stage time for the first time will be classified as a blue board rider.
- RULE 17.2: Blue board riders will be entitled to continue the race (i.e. they may start the following stage), but will not be classified as official race finishers.
- RULE 17.3: Should any blue board rider again fail to finish a stage within the maximum stage time or fail to start a stage in compliance with RULE 15.8, he or she will not be allowed to continue the race (i.e. he/she will not be allowed to start the next stage)
(Miss one stage cut off and you may continue riding but won’t be an official finisher. Miss two stage cut offs and you won’t be allowed to continue.)
- RULE 23.1: No seconding or outside assistance is permitted under any circumstances. For purposes hereof, “outside assistance” includes physical assistance (as defined in rule 9.4) by any person other than a fellow competitor or accredited water point staff at official water points on the route.
- RULE 24.2: Technical assistance may be provided for riders at neutral tech support zones along the route, and riders will be informed on the race website should this be available during any edition of the race. Riders will be required to carry credit cards with them in order to pay for any spare parts received. (Note: only official support zones may be used.)
(Assistance only from other riders in the race or official race designated support!)
9. RULE 25.3: Should any member of a team be incapable of finishing the race, his or her team partner will be entitled to continue riding in the race and may qualify as a finisher, but will not qualify for any rankings. Individual riders will be seeded according to their overall race time, but the highest obtainable seeding is start zone C. (If one of you pulls out of the race, the other rider may continue riding.)
10. READ ALL OF THE RULES!