Cape Epic Qualification

10 team entries for the 2020 Absa Cape Epic have been set-aside exclusively for 2019 Pioneer riders. You can guarantee your entry either via performance, or through a draw.


About Cape Epic


About the Cape Epic

The Absa Cape Epic is held over 8 days in March every year, covering approximately 700 kilometres with 15,000m of climbing in South Africa’s Western Cape.

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 Pioneer, you have the unique possibility of guaranteeing a team entry for yourself and your partner.


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What You Have to Do

To qualify for one of the 10 entries, regardless whether via performance, or through the draw, you will need to register your interest during the online registration process, or from your MyEvents account at a later date. 

Need more time to consider the challenge? You can still sign up at event until the evening of stage 4. 


Qualification Guidelines

Performance Allocation

5 guaranteed entries will go to the highest ranked team in their category who registered their interest: Open Men, Open Women, Open Mixed, Masters Men 40+, Grandmasters Men 50+

  • 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 stand a chance via the draw should they not qualify by performance.
  • Both team members must be present at the final awards ceremony on Friday 6 December 2019, Queenstown.
  • Should a team decide not to take up their entry or not be present at the final awards, the entry will pass on to the next highest ranked team who registered their interest.
  • An immediate non-refundable deposit of $1000 USD per guaranteed entry must be made on Friday 6 December 2019. Credit Cards accepted.
  • The remaining balance of the 2020 Cape Epic team entry fee (announced by March 2019) is due by Friday 13 December 2019 via online credit card payment.

Draw Allocation

5 guaranteed entries will be drawn at The Pioneer’s final awards presentation.

  • Draw Entries are allocated per individual. Riders must have registered their interest. The individual is free to choose any partner, i.e. it is not necessary that his/her partner participated in The Pioneer.
  • Only official finishers of The Pioneer are eligible for the draw.
  • Riders whose teams already qualified via performance, will be removed from the draw.
  • Riders must be present at the final awards on Friday 6 December 2019, Queenstown.
  • Should a rider decide not to take up the entry or not be present at the final awards ceremony, the entry will be re-drawn.
  • An immediate non-refundable deposit of $1000 USD per guaranteed entry must be made on Friday 6 December 2019. Credit Cards accepted.
  • The remaining balance of the 2020 Cape Epic team entry fee (announced by March 2019) is due by Friday 13 December 2019 via online credit card payment.

All entries regardless under which allocation are for the 2020 Cape Epic and cannot be transferred to another year. Once payment has been received, the standard Cape Epic cancellation policy applies.