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As part of the Absa Cape Epic experience all Riders will be given the opportunity to attend exclusive Absa Cape Epic Rider parties including the Route Launch Gala Dinner, Around the World Party as well as Gear Down.

Riders are encouraged to take part in events before the race to enhance their experiences - and you never know when you might need an extra tube at the race!


Route Launch Gala Dinner

Each year riders around the world eagerly await the launch of our route which is a closely guarded secret until this point.

This year the 2018 Absa Cape Epic Route Launch Gala Dinner will be hosted in Sandton on the 19th of September.




Around the World Party

The Absa Cape Epic attracts participants from over 50 countries around the world, and to celebrate this Tsogo Sun is hosting the  "Around the World" party on Friday before the start of the race.  Tsogo Sun is our official accommodation partner and will be dazzling you with an incredible setting and an international culinary experience. 

In order to welcome all the international participants and to celebrate each country’s individuality, we ask all attendees to dress up in traditional clothes or colours representing their country. There will be a prize for the best dressed person or team and spot prizes throughout the party.

The evening will give our international riders a chance to proudly share with one another where they come from, while enjoying the company of fellow riders and volunteers from South Africa and around the world. This exciting event is going to be a sensation of flavours, colours and culture.

Date: 16 March 2018
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Venue: Southern Sun The Cullinan 
Dress code: Dress to represent your country

*Please note this event is included in the 2-night, 3-night and 4-night pre-accommodation packages only.



Gear Down

After accomplishing 8 days of Epic riding and months of hard training it is time to relax. So gear down and enjoy some drinks and snacks with fellow riders around the Pool Deck at Southern Sun The Cullinan.

Date: 25 March 2017
Time: 19:00 
Venue: Southern Sun The Cullinan – Pool Deck
Address:  1 Cullinan St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001




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