Besides being a great place to watch the racing unfold, the Absa Cape Epic race village is an impressive site for anyone visiting. Come and experience the action first hand on our Media Programme.
You are welcome to join from one day to the full duration of the event and capture the race from your own, unique, perspective.
Experience life in the race village and get up close to the professional riders, aspiring amateurs and celebrities who come from all corners of the globe to compete in the Untamed African MTB Race. Life in the race village is an experience on its own, hosting 5000 people including riders, crew, volunteers, sponsors and supporters following the race.
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Besides the racing this is an ideal opportunity for you to see what the top competitors are riding and where the tech trends are going. Did you know that 98% of all participants ride the race with tubeless tyres? The Absa Cape Epic has long been used as a testing ground for the world’s premier mountain bike and apparel brands. Due to the unforgiving nature of the terrain that the race passes through the race mechanics are put through their paces to ensure 1300 bikes are race-ready each morning.
There are multiple media-exclusive events prior to and during the race for you to enjoy and network at. The Media Village offers some respite from the busy race village and provides a tranquil space for media to unwind at the end of a long day but the more energetic can head to the Chill Zone for a cold beverage at the end of each day and socialize with riders and supporters.
The Absa Cape Epic is the biggest full-service mountain bike stage race in the world and will ensure your stay is memorable and insightful. You will be provided with media services of international standard and readily available information for a worthwhile trip and fantastic experience.
What’s included (2017)
•Official press and rider events
•Tented accommodation, meals and amenities at event
•Access to media centre
•Access to official photographs and press releases
•Access to route
•Access to event footage
•Media mixer party
What a journalist had to say:
"I’ve been to both WorldTour road events and mountain bike world cups, and the event village of the Absa Cape Epic is bigger again. With so many riders, the support crew that follows is surprising in its enormity.
Access to the elite riders is made easy, with plenty of time for relaxed chats between stages. As accredited media, it was made easy to gain access to the course and see the lead riders at numerous points along each stage.
It’s a real community spirit and the riders there just to finish are able to mingle with some of the world’s best.
The course and conditions the riders must conquer truly push the body and equipment to the absolute limit. With this, there’s plenty of new and rarely seen tech in testing to prove against such conditions. Likewise, every stage is filled with emotion and heart break when either body or bike fails to perform."
-David Rome, Australian editor – BikeRadar.com