What is the Epic Cape?

The Cape Epic (currently sponsorsed by Absa) is the largest mountain bike staged race in the world and the most televised mountain bike race of all time.

Every year, teams of two riders compete over 8 stages through South Africa’s Western Cape. A new route is designed each year and the race is entirely off-road.

The Cape Epic was the first-ever team mountain bike stage race at which UCI points were awarded. Thus, the entrants include some of the best MTB Cross Country riders in the world like two time overall UCI World Cup winner, Olympic bronze medallist and World Cup champion Christoph Sauser, overall World Cup winner Bart Brentjens, the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World champion Ralph Naef and World Cup champion and Olympic silver medallist José Antonio Hermida.

But the Cape Epic is also open to amateur racers - and is growing in popularity with them. The number of participants are limited to 1,200 riders (600 teams) each year.