2017 Absa Cape Epic: 19 - 26 March
South African Riders
ZAR 67 900 per team
USD 5 490 per team
The first step to completing the Absa Cape Epic is to secure an entry. The Absa Cape Epic is extremely popular and has been oversubscribed every year since inception. The Early Bird entries and the South African and international lotteries are by far the most common methods to secure an entry.
Historically, Early Bird entries have sold out within minutes while the lotteries are many times oversubscribed.
There are, however, a few ways to guarantee a spot in the race if you miss out on the Early Bird or lottery process. Simply enter via one of our charities (at a premium) or join the volunteer programme to get a feel for the event and guarantee an entry for the following year.
The full list of entry types is:
|Early Bird||100 slots are available to anyone, South African or international, on a first-come-first-served basis, the day after the previous year's race finishes. The advantage is that your entry is secured immediately and you have a full year of training available. The team price is ZAR 67 900 irrespective of whether you are a South African or an international rider.|
|SA Lottery||Only available to South African residents with a valid SA ID number. The lottery opens immediately after the Early Bird entries sell out, and closes on 30 May.|
|International Lottery||The international team entry fee applies to all riders without a SA ID number. The lottery opens immediately after the Early Bird entries sell out, and closes on 30 May.|
|Media||Available on request, but these are limited. The earlier you apply the better your chances of success.|
|Volunteer||Absa Cape Epic volunteers receive a guaranteed entry to the following year's race.|
|Charity||Charity entries allow you to support a good cause and ride the Absa Cape Epic. Each of our partner charities is allocated a limited number of entries which they sell through their channels at their discretion.|
|UCI||Reserved for top UCI registered riders and allocated to riders at our discretion via the UCI rider application process.|
|Exxaro Bursaries||Our official Development Academy Partner, Exxaro, offers a limited number of complimentary entries, at their discretion, to teams where both riders are Historically Disadvantaged South Africans under the age of 26 years.|
Once you have secured one of the 650 team entries, you will need to decide in which racing category your team will ride. The categories are: Men, Women, Mixed, Masters or Grand Masters. (Please see our race rules for the definitions of the age related categories.)
Early Bird entries and Lottery tickets are sold to individuals - hence you don't need to know your prospective partner's details at the time of registration. Only after you have secured your entry will we request your partner's details. Click on the links below to find out more about each type of entry.