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This page is a summary of the many changes at the Absa Cape Epic since COVID-19.

Last updated May 11, 2020

Despite the measures taken by our team, based on the assurances and guidelines from health officials and authorities, the 2020 Absa Cape Epic was cancelled on Friday 13 March 2020. The races villages were fully erected and set to go for the race week, and over 1 300 riders were already in Cape Town. It was, therefore, bitterly disappointing when the advice was received from the Western Cape Government to cancel the event.

The past few months have been incredibly challenging for people and economies across the world, but uncertain times often present opportunities to extend a helping hand to those in need.

Over 5.5 tonnes of food that would have been eaten at the race were donated to the communities in Ceres, Tulbagh and Wellington. Read the full story here. on Sunday, 26 April ex Springbok Captain and Rugby World Cup winner, John Smit, led a virtual group ride on Zwift and raised R277 128 for communities in Ceres. Read the full story here. This opens the door for more virtual charity rides to take place, and ways for us all to connect within the cycling community.

2021 Absa Cape Epic (21 – 28 March)

Online Registration

Entries to the 2021 Absa Cape Epic opened on 19 May 2020 at 15:00 GMT+2 and featured a new entry process.

Registered 2020 teams received a coupon, the approximate value which is 50% of their 2020 registration fee, to apply to the entry fee for the 2021, 2022 or 2023 entry fees. The standard entry fee for 2021 is discounted by 25% for all teams that register and pay before 15 June 2020, meaning that 2020 riders can effectively receive 75% off the 2021 fee.

The 2021 Race

The 2021 Absa Cape Epic will visit the same towns and follow, largely, the same route that was laid out for 2020; riders can, however, look forward to a few never-before-seen introductions that are sure to excite even the most seasoned mountain bikers. We are incredibly grateful to the more than 100 landowners and our host towns and venues that have already confirmed their support for next year.

The health and safety of riders, volunteers and staff and host communities will always be a priority in the execution of delivering the event. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions on mass participation events, the race will implement onsite event safety and precautionary measures and guidelines for event staff and volunteers at all race venue locations.

Absa Cape Epic Office

Our full time team are working from home and the office remains closed. The team are working at 80% capacity on reduced hours and are available from Mondays to Thursdays.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or queries regarding the process and we’ll be happy to assist.