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The Absa Cape Epic is open to professional and amateur mountain bikers alike and has seen amateurs from all walks of life compete alongside decorated professional mountain bikers, including both Olympic medalists and World Champions. It is every rider's responsibility to ensure that they arrive at the start with the necessary fitness level to complete a multi-stage mountain bike race.

To be eligible to enter, participants must:

There are five different race categories:

CategoryDescription
Men Both riders are male.
Women Both riders are female.
Virgin Active Mixed One rider is male and one rider is female.
Dimension Data Masters Both riders are 40 years or older on 31 December of the year of the race.
 Grand Masters Both riders are 50 years or older on 31 December of the year of the race.
 

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