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Preparation

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Planning and Logistics

To make sure you have an amazing experience at the Absa Cape Epic, please ensure that all outstanding actions in your online profile are completed before you arrive in Cape Town.

Cape Town and the Western Cape has so much to offer you outside of the race, so thorough planning for before and after the event will help make your trip to the Western Cape that much more memorable.

What to Pack

Much has been written about stage-race packing and theories range from fanatical scout-like check-listing to ‘throw as much as you can into the bag, until it’s full.’   

The trick, says multiple Absa Cape Epic finisher, Craig Kolesky, is to pack by compartments. “Invest in smaller (I find lightweight mesh ideal) bags for each of these sub-sections,” says Craig. Now, Craig is well known as a fanatically methodical packer in the adventure sports fraternity in which he works as a professional photographer. But, and trust us on this, he’s on to something… 

Check out the video and take some time to read through the below packing list to make sure you know the best items to pack, and the best way to pack them. 

Your Rider Bag

At registration in Cape Town you will receive a SCICON rider bag with your personal race number on it. This bag is the only bag that we transport between stage locations and, if you are staying in the tents and rely on us to transport your kit, everything you need during the race (including your sleeping bag and pillow) must fit in here.

Oh, it’s big enough, there’s no need to worry about that. The trick lies in how to pack it so that it becomes the most conveniently possible ‘race cupboard’ to live out of during the event.

The specially designed SCICON riders bag itself comes with various compartments so keeping your ‘sub sections’ separate shouldn’t be too much of a problem and hopefully not lead to a bottomless pit through which you need to rummage each morning just to find your chamois cream. 

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Bike Maintenance

The Absa Cape Epic does not offer bike maintenance packages as an optional extra, but there are several bike shops that are set up in our race village and can assist with bike maintenance packages.

Please see details below of bike shops that you can contact directly: 

Olympic Cycles
Jason Lind
jason@olympiccycles.co.za
+27 83 500 3002

Manic Cycles
Francois Esterhuizen
francois@maniccycles.co.za
+27 82 413 8935


Taxis and Transfers

When booking any taxi or shuttle service, it is important to let them know that you will be traveling with your bike and specify if it will be in a bike bag/box or free standing.

Some suggested Taxi and Shuttle services:
Sport24hrs
Cape Town Shuttles
Unicab
Uber 


Car Rentals

Avis Rentals

When planning a trip around Cape Town for the Absa Cape Epic, book a rental car directly through Avis!

As a special service to riders, rental cars can be conveniently dropped off at either the start of the Prologue or at the start of Stage 1. There will also be a pick-up and drop-off location at the Grand Finale venue at the end of Stage 7.

For Avis Car Rentals, please go to the dedicated Absa Cape Epic - Avis booking page to book at specially discounted rates. Please follow the specific instructions on the booking page to ensure you collect or drop off your car at the correct location.

Special inclusions in the per day rate are the following:

  • 100 km per day free
  • Super Collision Damage Waiver
  • Super Theft Loss Waiver
  • Windscreen Tyre Damage Waiver
  • Additional Driver up to 3
  • VAT
  • Airport Surcharge and Tourism Levy

 

All Additional Charges are extras.