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To make sure you have an amazing experience ensure that all outstanding actions in your online profile are completed before you arrive in Cape Town.

Once riders have made all of their arrangements for the race they are free to focus on the training and lead up to this phenomenal experience. It is vital that the riders are prepared early to avoid disappointments and difficulties.

Properly preparing for your arrival will ensure that you make the most of your experience of not only the race but also of all that Cape Town and the Western Cape has to offer you.


What to Pack

Much has been written about stage-race packing and theories range from fanatical scout-like check-listing to ‘throw as much as you can into the bag, until it’s full.’   

The trick, says seven-time Absa Cape Epic finisher, Craig Kolesky, is to pack by compartments. “Invest in smaller (I find lightweight mesh ideal) bags for each of these sub sections,” says Craig. Now, Craig is well known as a fanatically methodical packer in the adventure sports fraternity in which he works as professional photographer. But, and trust us on this, he’s on to something… 

Check out the video and take some time to read through the below packing list to make sure you know the best items to pack, and the best way to pack them. 

Your rider bag 
At registration in Cape Town you will receive a SCICON rider bag with your personal race number on it. This bag is the only bag that we transport between stage locations and, if you are staying in the tents and rely on us to transport your kit, everything you need during the race (including your sleeping bag and pillow)must fit in here.


Oh, it’s big enough, there’s no need to worry about that. The trick lies in how to pack it so that it becomes the most conveniently possible ‘race cupboard’ to live out of during the event.

The specially designed SCICON riders bag itself comes with various compartments so keeping your ‘sub sections’ separate shouldn’t be too much of a problem and hopefully not lead to a bottomless pit through which you need to rummage each morning just to find your Chamois cream. 

All of that being said, don’t let the packing stress you out. There are enough other pre-race elements that could add stress, this need not be another. You have the basic checklist now and no-doubt have add-ons of your own and through advice from other riders. Happy camping!

Here is what a basic packing list might look like:

Riding gear
Tip: Sign up for the rider laundry service here and you’re good to go. 

Clothing (off the bike)
Tip: Dont pack outfits; take items that work well with a variety of things. Also, pack items that can roll rather than need folding (less creasing).

Tip: Pack your daily nutrition into ziplock bags (please recycle these)as tubs can take a up a lot of space. Work out exactly how much you will need per stage and separate this beforehand. This goes for the amount of scoops you use per day for your drinks and recovery; for the gels, and bars too.



Bike Maintenance

The Absa Cape Epic does not offer bike maintenance packages as an optional extra but we have have a few bike shops that set up in our Support Village and can assist with bike maintenance packages.

Please see details below of bike shops that you can contact directly:

Bike ShopContact PersonEmail AddressContact Number
Midstream Cycles


 +27 12 942 1158
Cycleworx Sedgefield Eugene

 +27 44 343 1710
Trail and Tar Grant   +27 21 712 1781
Manic Cycles Francois  +27 23 347 1985
East City Cycles Jarryd  +27 21 426 6000





Cape Town and the Western Cape

Absa Cape Epic riders enjoy a rare opportunity to explore some of the most remote and spectacular parts of Cape Town and the Western Cape during the race. For riders and their supporters wishing to experience more of the unrivaled natural beauty this area has on offer the Absa Cape Epic makes for an ideal launchpad. Whether they arrive before the race to familiarise themselves with the climate and terrain, or decide to stay after the event to relax and unwind.

Cape Town is the tourism capital of South Africa and the city is famous for its incredible beauty, set amongst towering mountains, historic vineyards, turquoise waters and white beaches. The wider Western Cape is picturesque and caters for all travelers, be it five-star luxury or wild adventures they seek. The weather is very enjoyable over the months of March and April with an average high of 25 degrees Celsius and an average low of 14 degrees Celsius. Rain is unusual but not unheard of.

For more tourist information on Cape Town and the Western Cape:


International Travel

Visa Requirements
Every rider (and every supporter) must be in possession of a valid passport in order to enter South Africa. For some countries, you may also need to apply for and be in possession of a visa.

Please be sure to contact your embassy and confirm whether or not you require a visa to enter South Africa and make sure that your passport is valid over the duration of your stay. It is vital that you check and confirm these details prior to your departure as you will not be allowed to enter the country without the necessary documentation. You can visit the website of The South African Department of Home Affairs for more information on visa applications.

If you require a letter for your visa application stating that you will be attending the Absa Cape Epic, please send us an email at and we will gladly assist.

Travel Insurance, Bike Insurance, Medical Aid/Insurance 
Travel insurance is there to assist travelers by covering any medical expenses and/or other losses incurred whilst on their travels.  Travelling always involves some form of risk and it is important to note that you will be taking part in a high-risk sport during your stay here.  Therefore, it is recommended that riders take out travel insurance (that includes medical aid/health insurance) for the duration of your trip here that will cover both you and your bike in the unfortunate event of injury/illness or damage to equipment.  

Customs Restrictions 
South Africa has specific customs requirements regarding items that need to be declared.  Be sure to familiarize yourself with these rules and items so that your arrival into South Africa is seamless.

Currency and Typical Exchange Rates 
In South Africa, the South African Rand (ZAR) is used. Be sure to check the exchange rates prior to your departure.  All major credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) can be used in South Africa. Make sure you notify your bank that you will be travelling and using your card in a foreign country.

All major South African banks have branches in Cape Town and you will find ATM’s in many locations around the city (airports, shopping malls, etc.). If you want to exchange your currency for Rands at a bank or foreign exchange dealer, make sure you have your valid passport with you. There are kiosks available for you to exchange foreign currency at all of our international airports and most shopping centres/malls.

Please note that you cannot use foreign currency in the Absa Cape Epic race villages. ATM’s will only be available at the Prologue and Grand Finale. We will be travelling to remote areas so please ensure you are prepared with enough cash in Rands as well as your credit card in case there is no ATM available in the immediate vicinity.


Safety & Security

We recommend that the below tips are taken into account when it comes to safety and security in Cape Town:


ServiceContact Number
ER24 084 124
Police 10111
Fire 10111
Ambulance 10117
Arrive Alive Call Centre 0861 400 800
Netcare 911 082 911

Communication & Connectivity

Phoning Overseas From South Africa 
The access code for making international calls from South Africa is 00. To make a call, you must first dial 00, then the country code, then the area code and then the number you wish to call. 

South Africa’s country code: +27

Should you wish to buy a sim card or enquire about cellphone service providers available in South Africa, the following service providers are the most popular in SA:

These service providers have multiple shops and info desks in Cape Town, including branches in the malls listed above. 

WIFI Connection
Most restaurants, shopping malls and accommodation have wifi available. Cape Town also has multiple public wifi zones which are free, you will see signs around Cape Town where this service is available. Should you require wifi during your stay before/after the race, be sure to confirm with your accommodation beforehand if they have this facility available for you.

Wifi will be available at each race village during the event compliments of Official Technology Partner, Dimension Data.


Car Rentals, Taxis and Transfers

Sport24Hrs Taxis & Shuttle     
Sport24Hrs Taxis are the official taxi and transfer partner of the Absa Cape Epic.  

With 30 years’ experience ferrying passengers to various Cape Town destinations, Sport24Hrs has proved itself a taxi-industry leader with staying power.

Sport24Hrs Taxis will be based at all the Absa Cape Epic race villages, including the Prologue and the Grand Finale.

Contact them to assist you with your travel arrangements: Please note that there will be a limited number of taxis available at each race village, so there may be a delay in availability.

Avis Rentals
When planning a trip around Cape Town for the Absa Cape Epic, book a rental car and point-to-point transfer directly through Avis!

As a special service to riders, rental cars can be conveniently dropped off at either the start of the Prologue or at the start of Stage 1. There will also be a pick up and drop-off location at the Grand Finale venue at the end of Stage 7.

For Avis Car Rental, please go to the dedicated Absa Cape Epic - Avis booking page to book at specially discounted rates. Please follow the specific instructions on the booking page to ensure you collect or drop off your car at the correct location.


Shopping & Restaurants

Bike Shops
There are many bicycle shops around Cape Town that can be found with a simple Google search. If you are a part of our pre-accommodation package, Manic Cycles will be based in the hotel and available to you for all of your bike’s needs before the event.

Cape Town hosts some of the best shopping experiences in the country and there is no doubt you will be able to find everything you need.

A few of these include: 

Stores like WoolworthsPick n Pay & Checkers are popular supermarkets where you can buy a wide variety of goods such as food, clothing, electronics, tools, and various other supplies.

Cape Town is well known for its variety of restaurants which catering to all taste buds. Whether it’s a quick bite to eat or a fine dining meal, the following directories will be able to help you find what Cape Town has to offer.

Tipping your waitron/bartender at restaurants is customary in South Africa. 10% gratuity on your bill in restaurants is accepted.  


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