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Total Prize Purse: R1 743 200

The Absa Cape Epic matched the Women's prize purse to the Men’s purse in 2014. The increase to R700 000 for the Women's category purse made it the biggest prize for women in cycling and took the race’s total prize purse for all categories to R1 600 000. The Absa African Women's special jersey was later introduced in 2018 for the first all-African Women's category team to cross the finish line, further increasing the prize purse by R100 000 to a total of R1 743 200. 

The trophies and special awards at the Absa Cape Epic also makes it the ultimate prize in Mountain Biking. 

UCI Status 

The Absa Cape Epic was awarded Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) status in 2005 - the first-ever team mountain bike stage race to achieve this. At the time it was the only mountain bike race in Africa to appear on the UCI calendar. Since then the race was classified as SHC (stage hors categorie) by the UCI for the Men's and Women's categories, which is the highest classification awarded by the UCI. There are only 5 HC bike stage races in the world, the other four HC classified races being the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Cyprus Sunshine Cup.

The Men's and Women's category winners receive 320 UCI points per team (160 per rider). This can have a huge impact on the racing season, and compares favourably to the UCI awarding 300 points to the individual winner of a Mountain Bike World Championship

The following UCI points are awarded to each rider in a team according to the following GC / overall results, with no UCI points are awarded for stage results.

Men and Women

160 150 140 130 120 110 100 90 80 70 65 60 55 50 45 40 38 36 34  32 30
28 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Prize Money

Men's and Women's UCI Licensed Teams

Each year professional mountain bikers from around the globe come together at the Absa Cape Epic start line to race for the ultimate title in mountain biking.

PositionOverall ResultsStage Results
1 R200 000 R5 000
2 R120 000 R3 000
3 R80 000 R2 200
4 R50 000 R1 800
5 R40 000 R1 500
6 R30 000 R1 300
7 R20 000 R1 200
8 R15 000 R1 000
9 R12 000 R  900
10 R10 000 R  800


Hotspot prizes are awarded to the first Men's and Women's team to pass a pre selected part of the route.

StageCategoryPrize Money
Stage 3 Men's and Women's  R15 000
Stage 4 Men's and Women's  R15 000
Stage 7 Men's and Women's  R15 000



Special Ranking Absa African Men's and Women's Jersey

Prize money is awarded for both the Men’s and Women’s Absa African jersey winners. To be eligible for this prize money, teams must finish within 15% of the GC winning times in their respective category.

Any prize money not awarded at the Absa Cape Epic will be used to support riders who are chosen to represent South Africa at the cross country or marathon World Championships.

PositionPrize Money
1st R50 000
2nd R30 000
3rd R20 000


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