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Come and see the world’s greatest mountain bikers begin their eight days of courage. A wonderful prologue race village allows you experience everything the race has to offer and more.  Be a part of the pre-race nerves and see your favourite riders up close and personal as they stand on the start line at the University of Cape Town.  

Spend the day with us, cheering on the riders as they roll down the start stage and begin their first kilometers of their untamed journey around Table Mountain National Park. You won’t be left to wait as there are plenty of great activities and buzz to keep you busy. Take a walk around and experience the various food offerings or do a little shopping in the logo store for your favourite Absa Cape Epic merchandise. Let the little one’s engage in some active play in the Virgin Active Club V zone or let them have a go around the kiddies pump track while you enjoy a cold one in the infamous Edge Chill Zone on the finish line. If you want to get close to the action, take a walk to the amazing spectator points along the prologue route and cheer for your favourite riders as they tear along the trails. 

The first riders head off onto the iconic slopes of Table Mountain from 06:40.
The UCI Women begin their racing from 10:40.
The UCI Men begin their racing from 11:45.



Virgin Active Club V and Pump track

Kids of all ages can have tons of fun in the Virgin Active's kids-only offering, Club-V which is designed to inspire, educate and make it fun for kids to get active. Supporters can safely leave their children between the ages of 3 and 13 in the hands of the capable Club-V team. Children will have loads of activities to choose from, including Swing Ball, Soccer, Cricket, Active Play, Skills and Drills, Free Play a Mini Obstacle Courses and more.

The facility has its own toilets and plenty of areas to keep the little ones occupied and happy. Simply bring a form of ID to check in your young supporters and feel safe in the knowledge they are being cared for by highly trained facilitators while you enjoy the offerings of the race village. Many of the young fans will be inspired to emulate their heroes. We have just the forum for them to do so; there will be a kids’ bike fun race and a pump track to expend some energy. 





Absa Cape Epic Merchandise Store

Browse and purchase all of the Absa Cape Epic merchandise within the store at the prologue event. A range of items including lifestyle, on-the-bike items and a range of accessories will be available for purchase at the pop-up store within the race village.  Make sure to get your favourite piece of the race.  An innovative click and collect option will be available should you wish to make your purchase on the online store prior to the event and then collect it on registration day. Any orders placed after the 13 March 2019 can be collected at Grand Finale at Val de Vie on the 24 March 2019.  



Chill zone

Relax and enjoy a drink in the shaded Edge Chill Zone while watching the action live on television or the big screen.  With finish line views you won’t miss your favourite riders coming into the finish line and what better way to celebrate the end of the first stage with the riders than with a cold one. 



Vantage points within walking distance

In 2019 Cape Town’s most iconic landmark plays host, for the fifth time, to the inaugural stage of the Absa Cape Epic. The Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) is rich in floral biodiversity and is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site. The most common vegetation type in the TMNP is fynbos (meaning fine bush). 

Fynbos is an ancient yet unique vegetation type and has developed over millions of years .It has a high level of endemism (when a specific plant occurs nowhere else on earth) often with a species being endemic to an area of a few kilometres only. It is this high level of endemism combined with the high rate of development and environmental degradation that has resulted in the Cape Floral Kingdom being declared a biodiversity hot spot.

For this and many other reasons, we encourage all visitors to the mountain to please be sensitive to the environment you are descending on. We encourage all visitors to adhere to the rules of Sanparks when visiting the vantage points along the prologue route. Important things to remember include : no littering, remain on dedicated paths and pathways, do not remove any flora or fauna and please be sensitive to the fire hazards within the park. 

 

Vantage Point A: UCT XC Track            

Two kilometres into the 2019 Absa Cape Epic riders will reach the first singletrack of the race, on the UCT XC Track. Fans can gather here to marvel at the skills of the elite riders and cheer on their friends or family members embarking on the challenge ahead. Walk up from the UCT rugby fields, where the Prologue starts and finishes, after absorbing the nervous atmosphere created by 650 teams eagerly anticipating the start of their epic journey. 

GPS Co-ordinates: S33° 56.848' E18° 25.257'

Kilometres into the stage: 2km

Distance from race village: 1km

 

Vantage Point B: Deer Park        

A new addition to 2019 race is the vantage point, alongside the Deer Park Pump Track 10 kilometres into the Prologue route. In the shade of the pine forest the Deer Park vantage point is a great spot to bring the family to watch the race. Out of the sun and just a short drive or cycle from the City centre it is the most readily accessible vantage point of the entire race. 

GPS Co-ordinates: S33° 56.894' E18° 25.255'

Kilometres into the stage: 10km

Distance from race village: 10km

 

Vantage Point C: Dead Man’s Tree

Probably the most iconic of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic spectator points Dead Man’s Tree provides a natural amphitheatre from which to view the race. Located 11.6 kilometres into the stage, where the riders crest the steep dual track climb from Deer Park and turn onto Table Mountain Road, it provides an excellent view over the Cape Town City Centre and the riders grinding their way slowly up the mountain. Pack cow bells, vuvuzelas, sun screen and refreshments, along with a wide brimmed hat. It is sure to be festive. 

GPS Co-ordinates: S33° 57.343' E18° 25.130'

Kilometres into the stage: 11.6km

Distance from race village: 12km

 

Vantage Point D: Newland Forest

If you do not want to drive from UCT but want to catch the riders in a couple of locations you can walk across from the UCT XC Track or the race village to the Newlands Forest vantage point. It provides the chance to watch riders descend through the Prologue’s final singletrack at close quarters. 

GPS: S33° 96.367, E18° 45.453

Kilometres into the stage: 19.5km

Distance from race village: 2km



Food & Drink 

Don’t worry about refuelling throughout the day. A large selection of food and drink establishments will be available within the race village to ensure you don’t go hungry or thirsty. Every taste is catered for and the whole family will enjoy the offerings available. 



Travel & Directions

Come early to enjoy the day with us. Please follow directions from the marshals and volunteers. Safe parking is available close to the venue.  

Directions to the University of Cape Town from the N1

Head towards Cape Town on the N1

 

Take the M5 Exit towards Maitland

4km

Take Exit 9B to merge onto Settlers Way

2,5km

Take Exit 6 for M3/Rhodes Drive towards Muizenberg

900m

Take Exit 7 towards Woolsack Drive

200m

Continue STRAIGHT onto Cross Campus Road

 

Follow signs to Public Parking 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Directions to the University of Cape Town from the N2

Head towards Cape Town on the N2

 

Take Exit 6 for M3/Rhodes Drive towards Muizenberg

900m 

Take Exit 7 onto Woolsack Drive 

200m 

Continue STRAIGHT onto Cross Campus Road 

 

Follow signs for Public Parking  

 

 

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