Absa Cape Epic Qualification

Qualify For The Untamed African MTB Race

Five team entries for the 2023/2024 Absa Cape Epic have been set aside exclusively for amateur teams who race the Cymru MTB Classic

Absa Cape Epic

Held over 8 days in March every year, attracting the world’s top mountain bikers, the Absa Cape Epic covers 700km and climbs 16000m in South Africa’s Western Cape. It’s known as “The Tour de France of mountain biking” and every year, the early bird entries sell out faster than you can say ‘Indwa’ (the Zulu name for South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane). But, as an entrant into the Cymru MTB Classic, you have the unique possibility of qualifying and guaranteeing a team entry for yourself and your partner.

How do I qualify?

To qualify for one of the five team entries, you will need to register your interest in racing the 2024 Absa Cape Epic during the Cymru MTB Classic online registration process. This includes a nominal registration fee, which is then donated to an official charity partner of the Absa Cape Epic.

Qualification Guidelines

Performance Allocation

Two (2) guaranteed team entries have been allocated based on performance. One will be available to the highest ranked team in the Men’s and the Women’s category respectively.

  • Performance Entries are allocated per team. It is sufficient if one rider in a team registered his/her interest. However, we recommend that both riders register their interest to increase their chances in the draw should the team not qualify by performance.
  • Both team members must be present at the final awards ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, June 19th 2022.
  • Should a team decide not to take up their entry or not be present at the final awards ceremony, the entry will pass on to the next highest ranked team who registered their interest.
  • The team entry fee for the 2024 Absa Cape Epic will be announced in February 2023.
  • A non-refundable deposit of US$ 100 per guaranteed entry must be made to secure the entry. This deposit will be deducted from the entry fee.
  • Teams are required to complete the online registration process and pay the full entry fee by 30 April 2023.

Draw Allocation

The Draw Allocation provides the opportunity to purchase one of three (3) guaranteed 2024 Absa Cape Epic entries. These entries will be randomly selected from all official finishers who have registered their interest in the 2024 Absa Cape Epic during the Cymru MTB Classic online registration process.

  • Draw entries are drawn and awarded at the final award ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, June 19th 2022.
  • Draw entries are allocated per individual.
  • Riders must have previously registered their interest. The individual is free to choose any partner, i.e. it is not necessary that his/her partner participated in the event.
  • Only official finishers of the race are eligible for the draw.
  • Should a rider decide not to take up the draw entry or not be present, the draw entry will be re-drawn and announced after the event.
  • The team entry fee for the 2024 Absa Cape Epic will be announced in February 2023.
  • A non-refundable deposit of US$ 100 per guaranteed entry must be made. This deposit will be deducted from the entry fee.
  • Teams are required to complete the online registration process and pay the full entry fee by 30 April 2023.