Prize money is awarded to the professional racing teams in the UCI Men and Women Categories, as well as to the top All-African teams in these categories. Further prize money is awarded to the Exxaro Jersey winner, who is the top placed historically disadvantaged South African team.
The trophies and special awards at the Absa Cape Epic also makes it the ultimate prize in Mountain Biking.
The Absa Cape Epic was awarded Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) status in 2005 - the first-ever team mountain bike stage race to achieve this. At the time it was the only mountain bike race in Africa to appear on the UCI calendar. Since then the race was classified as SHC (stage hors categorie) by the UCI for the Men's and Women's categories, which is the highest classification awarded by the UCI. There are only 5 HC bike stage races in the world, the other four HC classified races being the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Cyprus Sunshine Cup.
The Men's and Women's category winners receive 500 UCI XCM points per team (250 per rider). This can have a huge impact on the racing season, and compares favourably to the UCI awarding 300 points to the individual winner of a Mountain Bike World Championship
The following UCI XCM points are awarded to each rider in a team according to the following GC / overall results, with no UCI points are awarded for stage results.
Each year professional mountain bikers from around the globe come together at the Absa Cape Epic start line to race for the ultimate title in mountain biking.
|Position||Overall Results||Stage Results|
|1||R300 000||R5 000|
|2||R200 000||R3 000|
|3||R120 000||R2 200|
|4||R70 000||R1 800|
|5||R60 000||R1 500|
|6||R40 000||R1 300|
|7||R30 000||R1 200|
|8||R20 000||R1 000|
|9||R15 000||R 900|
|10||R12 000||R 800|
Prize money is awarded for both the Men’s and Women’s Absa African jersey winners. To be eligible for this prize money, teams must finish within 15% of the GC winning times in their respective category.
Any prize money not awarded at the Absa Cape Epic will be used to support riders who are chosen to represent South Africa at the cross country or marathon World Championships.
Prize money is also awarded for the Exxaro jersey winners. The Exxaro Jersey is awarded to the top historically disadvantaged South African team where both riders are under the age of 26.