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As part of the Absa Cape Epic experience, riders will be given the opportunity to attend exclusive Absa Cape Epic Rider functions including the Around the World Party as well as Gear Down.

Riders are encouraged to take part in events before the race to enhance their experiences - and you never know when you might need an extra tube at the race!


Route Launch Gala Dinner

Join us as we reveal the 2020 route at the annual Absa Cape Epic Route Launch Gala Dinner and find out where the Untamed African MTB Race will take the 2020 riders. 

Date: 5 September 2019
Time: 18:00 for 18:30 
Venue: Southern Sun Cape Sun 
Dress Code: Formal 

Please contact our hospitality team should you wish to book a table of 10.


Rider Information Evening

The Rider Info Evening is an opportunity to interact with experienced staff, riders and cycling experts to assist you with your planning for the Absa Cape Epic. 

For the first time, the route will be announced in time for the Rider Info Evening! Join us at our offices for a social and informative evening, where you will meet fellow riders, and get a taste for what the Absa Cape Epic is truly about. We highly recommend this for first time riders, and welcome returning riders to ask any specific information about next years route.

Date: 12 September 2019
Venue: Absa Cape Epic offices, Cape Town, CBD
Time: 17:30 for 18:00

We cannot wait to share our excitement around the 2020 Absa Cape Epic with you!


Around the World Party

The Absa Cape Epic attracts participants from over 50 countries around the world, and to celebrate this Tsogo Sun is hosting the  "Around the World" party on Friday before the start of the race.  Tsogo Sun is our official accommodation partner and will be dazzling you with an incredible setting and an international culinary experience. 

In order to welcome all the international participants and to celebrate each country’s individuality, we ask all attendees to dress up in traditional clothes or colours representing their country. There will be a prize for the best dressed person or team and spot prizes throughout the party.

This exciting event is going to be a sensation of flavours, colours and culture.

Date: Friday, 13 March 2020
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Venue: Southern Sun The Cullinan 
Dress code: Dress to represent your country

*Please note this event is included in the 2-night, 3-night and 4-night pre-accommodation packages only.


Amabubesi Breakfast

The annual Amabubesi breakfast is hosted in Cape Town on the day before the start of the race. It is a time to come together with fellow members of the prestigious club and swap Absa Cape Epic war stories and encourage those taking on the challenge once again. The Amabubesi breakfast is open to all club members, including those not participating in the current year's race.

Date: 14 March 2020
Time: 08:00 for 08:30 to 10:00

Venue: Chill Zone, UCT


Gear Down

After accomplishing 8 days of Epic riding and months of hard training it is time to relax. So gear down and enjoy some drinks and snacks with fellow riders around the Pool Deck at Southern Sun The Cullinan.

Date: Sunday, 22 March 2020
Time: 19:00 
Venue: Southern Sun The Cullinan – Pool Deck
Address:  1 Cullinan St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001



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