Absa 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 Absa Cape Epic


About Absa 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 be eligible for the opportunity to purchase one of ten guaranteed Absa Cape Epic 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.

A $10 NZD fee to register your interest will be charged which will be donated to Qhubeka Charity - one of the Absa Cape Epic's official charity partners.

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


Qualification Guidelines

Performance Allocation

The Performance Allocation provides the highest ranked teams in their category, who register their interest, the opportunity to purchase one of five guaranteed Absa Cape Epic entries in either the 2020 or 2021 Absa Cape Epic event. Categories are Open Men, Open Women, Open Mixed, Masters Men 40+, Grandmasters Men 50+. (Note: stated categories align with Absa Cape Epic categories, riders will be placed in relevant category for allocation purposes)

  • Riders must register their interest during the online registration process or from your MyEvents account in active.com at a later date. A $10 NZD fee to register your interest will be charged which will be donated to Qhubeka one of the Absa Cape Epic official charity partners
  • It is sufficient for only one rider in a team to register his/her interest however, we recommend that both riders register their interest to stand a chance via the draw allocation 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
  • Teams must confirm if they are accepting a 2020 or 2021 entry when paying the deposit, this cannot be changed once deposit is paid
  • An immediate non-refundable deposit of $1000 USD per guaranteed entry must be made on Friday 6 December 2019. Deposit will be taken in NZD at the current conversion rate that day. Credit card only, no cash will be accepted
  • The remaining balance of the 2020 Absa Cape Epic team entry fee is due by Friday 13 December 2019. 2020 Absa Cape Epic total entry fee is $6290 USD (VAT inc). Entry fee for the 2021 Absa Cape Epic will be announced in March 2020. Payment to be made online via credit card payment

 

Draw Allocation

The Draw Allocation provides the opportunity to purchase one of five guaranteed 2020 or 2021 Absa Cape Epic entries. These will be drawn at The Pioneer’s final awards presentation.

  • The Draw Allocation slots are per individual within a 2-person team. The individual is free to choose any partner, i.e. it is not necessary that his/her partner participated in The Pioneer
  • Riders must register their interest during the online registration process or from your MyEvents account in active.com at a later date. A $10 NZD fee to register your interest will be charged which will be donated to Qhubeka one of the Absa Cape Epic official charity partners
  • Only official finishers of The Pioneer are eligible for the Draw Allocation which is an opportunity to purchase an Absa Cape Epic entry
  • Riders who officially finish but their team mate does not are still eligible for the draw
  • Riders whose team already qualified by Performance Allocation 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
  • Riders must confirm if they are accepting a 2020 or 2021 entry when paying the deposit, this cannot be changed once deposit is paid
  • An immediate non-refundable deposit of $1000 USD per guaranteed entry must be made on Friday 6 December 2019. Deposit will be taken in NZD at the current conversion rate that day. Credit card only, no cash will be accepted
  • The remaining balance of the 2020 Absa Cape Epic team entry fee is due by Friday 13 December 2019. 2020 Absa Cape Epic total entry fee is $6290 USD (VAT inc). Entry fee for the 2021 Absa Cape Epic will be announced in March 2020. Payment to be made online via credit card payment

All entries regardless under which allocation are for either the 2020 or 2021 Absa Cape Epic and cannot be transferred to another year once the team or rider has nominated their preferred year at time of deposit payment. Once payment has been received, the standard Absa Cape Epic cancellation policy applies.