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2019 Absa Cape Epic: 17 - 24 March

Each standard entry includes:


Tented Accommodation

The standard team entry includes tented accommodation in each Absa Cape Epic race village for seven nights (i.e. Sunday to Saturday night, inclusive). Each rider will have access to:



Each rider will receive:

Each official finisher will also receive:


Luggage Transport

Each rider’s Absa Cape Epic rider bag is transported between Race Villages. Riders need to make arrangements for transportation from the location of the first day’s riding to the first Race Village, unless they have purchased an upgraded package or optional extras that cover this transport.

Riders can check in a bike box or bag at registration in Cape Town. These bike boxes and bags will be securely stored for the duration of the event and available at the Grand Finale.

At Grand Finale all luggage must be collected by 16:00, including the luggage checked in for storage before the race.

Note: Riders who haven't purchased accommodation packages or a premium upgrade before the event need to make transport arrangements to get from the Prologue to the first Race Village.


Bike Wash and Security

At the finish line of each stage bikes are taken from riders by the Bike Wash crew. Bikes are washed and transferred to the secure bike park. Bio-degradable cleaning agents keep the bikes clean and shining throughout the race.

The Bike Wash crew are specially trained to operate the high pressure hoses used for bike cleaning and do not spray directly into the bike's bearings or seals.

Once cleaned the bikes are stored in a 24-hour manned security bike park in rider number sequence. Only riders are allowed access to the bike park and will be responsible for collecting their own bikes should they require maintenance or repair. While the bike parks are extremely secure, they are generally uncovered, so bikes are not protected from rain.

Note: Only riders are allowed access to the bike park. No other person will be allowed to retrieve a rider's bike, even if a bike service package has been purchased.


The Strip Stop and Woolworths Chute Bag

The Absa Cape Epic and Woolworths offer a handy service for riders. This service is simple: riders can discard any unwanted kit (leg warmers, arm warmers, gloves, riding jackets etc.) at the start chute and at Water Point 1 of each stage, so that they don’t have to carry it for the remainder of the stage. Ideal for cold mornings that turn into baking middays. Each rider will receive a WW Chute Bag at registration day to use during the event.

How it works:

If you’re racing a snake and every second is precious, you’re more than welcome to provide your own bag at Water Point 1, provided you carry it with you from the start. However, they must be sealable and clearly pre-labelled with your team race number. Please note that we can take no responsibility for any items that are not placed in clearly labeled, sealed bags. 

The Strip Stop promises to take good care of your kit, however the service is used at rider’s own risk.

Note: Any uncollected items at the end of the event will be donated to charity.


Medical Service

Mediclinic, a leading provider of professional medical support at major sporting events, has been involved with the Absa Cape Epic since the race's inception.

Services provided:

Basic services are free, however, medication for pre-existing chronic illnesses and ailments will be charged at cost. Consumables for repeated daily strapping of repetitive stress related injuries will be available at cost throughout the race. Riders that require daily strapping are welcome to bring their own consumables (rigid strapping tape).




Food and Nutrition

The Rider Dining Marquee in the Race Village provides breakfasts and dinners for each and every rider, starting with dinner on Sunday night after the Prologue and ending with breakfast on Sunday before the Grand Finale. A wide selection of food is served buffet-style at each meal. The Absa Cape Epic caterers are certified Halaal, and vegetarian options will be provided for riders who have indicated this preference before the race. Water is provided in the race village as well as during dinner in the dining marquee. All other beverages (alcoholic and soft) can be purchased from the bars in the Hunters Edge Chill Zone, as well as outside the dining marquee.


Water Points

Full service water points include: 
Sweets, protein/cereal bar, fresh fruit, marmite or Cheese sandwiches, fresh fruit or mini muffin, fruit cake or dates, baby potatoes and savoury snack e.g. rice crackers, pretzels
(Courtesy of Woolworths)

Hydro water points include:
Limited non-perishables, USN bars, USN drink, coke and water

Please note: there will only be one full service water point and no hydro water point on Stage 5 (Time Trial)

Please see the 2018 water point schedule alongside for your preparation.


Stage 1 Hydro Full Service Full Service Full Service
Stage 2 Full Service Full Service Hydro Full Service
Stage 3 Hydro Full Service Full Service Full Service
Stage 4  Hydro  Full Service  Full Service Full Service 
Stage 5 (TT)  Full Service      
Stage 6  Full Service  Full Service  Hydro Full Service 
Stage 7  Full Service  Full Service  Full Service  Hydro 

Post Race Nutrition 

After riding each day Woolworths greets every rider on the finish line with a complimentary hamper of nutritious Woolworths food to start the recovery process. The race finish area is typically in the centre of each stage town or on large sports fields. Food stalls will be operating in the finish areas from which riders and supporters can buy take-away food should they wish to. Riders are responsible for their own nutrition between race finish and the evening meal provided in the Race Village. 

Example of recovery meal: 

Example of top-up meal:



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