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Ride the Prologue

We encourage all participants to test-ride this year’s Absa Cape Epic Prologue on Table Mountain – one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Not only are you guaranteed to be blown away by the stunning vistas, flora and fauna of this majestic playground, the indigenous trails and singletracks are sure to challenge you and help sharpen your skills for the start of your journey on 18 March.

All riders however, are required to carry either a day pass (available at the Tokai Plantation Office) or a Level 3 My Activity Permit, which can be purchased at tourism outlets across the Western Cape – this is the Table Mountain National Park after all and it’s your duty to respect it and abide by the rules at all times.

To further enhance your Absa Cape Epic experience we have made the Prologue GPX file available for download at your convenience. The Prologue course can be accessed via the boom on the road to Rhodes Memorial (see map here) and ridden at any time, granted the aforementioned permit has been acquired. Parking is available at the Rhodes Memorial and the map can be seen here. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and go play! Just remember to be vigilant and ride in groups where possible, especially during non-peak hours.





Ride the Stage 5 Time Trial

Get a head start on your 2018 Absa Cape Epic! 

A section of the Stage 5 time trial is now available for the public to ride. The section includes the Seven Peaks Climb and the Cool Runnings decent. 

The route will remain unmarked and riders will be required to have a GPS unit should they wish to ride it, using the downloaded GPX file. Download the route here!

The route starts and ends at the Hawequas Scout Camp and is open 7 days a week. Parking is available at the scout camp, access to which is through the Hawequas Scout Camp main gate. Riders must please ensure they close the gate when entering or exiting.

There will be an honesty box at the start of the route and, as requested by the scout camp, riders are to please place the R50 trail fee in an envelope, with their name on it, into the box provided.

Please stay on route marked on the GPS and not detour onto private land; rogue riding can face a lifetime ban.

Click the below links for directions:
Hawequas Scout Camp from Cape Town
Hawequas Scout Camp from Huguenot Schools in Wellington


Sharpen your skills

There are some additional areas that the 2018 Absa Cape Epic route traverses which are available for the public to test their Epic skills! 

Please remember that rouge riding is not condoned and will not be tolerated. Please ensure you keep to the demarcated mountain bike trails.

Stage 2 

Name Van Loveren Trails
Contact Number +27 23 615 1505
Permit Purchased at Van Loveren Family Wines                            

Stage 3

Name Rooiberg Winery Trails
Contact Number

+27 23 626 1663


Purchased at Rooiberg Winery or Saggy Stone Brewery


Name Nuy Winery Trails
Contact Number

 +27 23 347 0272


Purchased at Nuy Winery                                                      

Please note: a small portion of the Nuy Winery trails are included in the 2018 route.  

Stage 4

Name Slanghoek Trails
Contact Number +27 23 344 3026 
Permit Purchased at Slanghoek and DuToitskloof Cellars

Please note: there is a section of singletrack from Goudini Spa until the end of the Stage 4 Land Rover Technical Terrain which is closed to the public.

Stage 6 and the Grand Finale

Name Welvenpas Trails 
Contact Number +27 21 864 1239 
Permit Purchased at Welvenpas Family Farm                      

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