Cape Epic Qualification

15 team entries for the 2019 Absa Cape Epic have been set-aside exclusively for 2018 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 15 entries, regardless whether via performance, or through the draw, you will need to register your interest during the online registration process. 

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


Qualification Guidelines

Performance Allocation

10 guaranteed entries will go to the two highest ranked teams in our official 5 Age Categories who registered their interest: Open Men, Open Women, Open Mixed, Masters 40+, Grandmasters 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 30 November 2018, 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 30 November 2018. Credit Cards accepted.
  • The remaining balance of the 2019 Cape Epic team entry fee (announced by March 2018) is due by Friday 7 December 2018 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 30 November 2018, 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 30 November 2018. Credit Cards accepted.
  • The remaining balance of the 2019 Cape Epic team entry fee (announced by March 2018) is due by Friday 7 December 2018 via online credit card payment.

All entries regardless under which allocation are for the 2019 Cape Epic and cannot be transferred to another year. Once payment has been received, the standard Cape Epic cancellation policy applies.