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Know the Rules

It is important that every Absa Cape Epic rider fully understands the rules.

We encourage all riders to carefully read through these before starting their training, refer back to them during training and have a last read-through before rolling up to the start line.

Ignorance of the rules will not be considered as a mitigating factor.

Top 10 Rules for Amateur Riders

1. You will need to present your ID or passport as well as your CSA (Cycling South Africa) or national federation license at registration. If you do not have one, a temporary license can be purchased at registration.  The medical form refers to the online medical questionnaire you need to complete through your rider profile as part of your compulsory actions. (Rule 3.1.2)

2. Ensure you are registered in the correct category - you cannot change your category after race start. (Rule 3.3)

3. Riders must ride within 2 minutes of their team partner at all times. (Rule 8)

4. Each day has staggered start times and riders are seeded according to their overall position in the field. (Rule 11)

5. No rider may trespass on land that is not open to the public for mountain biking. (Rule 12.5)

6. Maximum stage times and cut-off points during the stage are strictly enforced. (Rule 15)

7. If you do not finish a stage, you may continue riding the next day, but will not be considered an official finisher. If you do not finish a second stage, you may not continue riding. (Rule 16)

8. If your partner did not finish a stage but you did, you still qualify as a finisher. (Rule 16)

9. Your supporters may not assist you out on the course. (Rule 23)

10. Notify the race office if you withdraw from the race. (Rules 24)

Zero Tolerance Policy

The Absa Cape Epic conforms to the World Anti-Doping Code as laid out by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and works with the UCI and the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) to ensure the Code is properly implemented at the race and amongst cyclists in South Africa. Stringent and comprehensive anti-doping control is conducted at the race by the UCI and SAIDS.

Any person who is under provisional or final sanction by an Anti-Doping Organisation with jurisdiction under the WADA Code (a “person under sanction”) is prohibited from participating or being involved in the race, whether as a rider, team manager or official or in any other capacity whatsoever. 

As is stipulated in the race rules, the organisers reserve the right to test all participants and therefore, per the WADA Code, the onus is on the athlete to check that any substances or methods used do not appear on WADA's current List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

Rider and Crew Commitment

We believe that every person should play a role in keeping other riders, staff, and crew safe at the races. There are four pillars that should guide personal behaviour and we ask all riders and crew to pledge their agreement to the below:

  1. Be responsible
  • Notify the Event Management immediately if you have been in contact with any person who has tested positive for Covid-19 three days prior to the start of the event or during the event. 
  • Be Alert! Read all event communication and signage, as it could contain important information on any new procedures and policies. 
  • Follow safety instructions from Event Management, race announcers and race officials. 
  • Follow Covid-19 protocols for traveling in a vehicle with others. (<70% Capacity, wearing a mask and open windows.)
  • Utilize proper health and hygiene methods for handwashing, hand sanitizing, sneezing, and coughing.
  • Wear a face mask at all times within race villages, venues, at support locations on the race route or any occasion when in close contact (<1,5m) from other people.
  • Download the Epic Series App.
  1. Observe Rider and Crew Etiquette
  • Consider the safety of others. Adhere to best practices and Event Covid-19 protocols to protect others.
  • Celebrations are to take place with no physical contact and in accordance with the event Covid-19 protocols for prize giving’s and celebrations.
  • Arrive according to your assigned time for activities such as registration and start chute check-in.
  • No littering! Properly dispose all rubbish.
  1. Respect others
  • Refrain from spitting or expelling any other bodily fluids while near other riders and crew.
  • Give yourself and others space! Keep a distance of >1.5 m from others.
  • Utilize water points in accordance with the Event Covid-19 protocols and follow the instruction of the water point crew at all times. Minimize time spent and touchpoints at each water point and ensure proper social distancing when having to interact with water point crew or riders.
  • Let others know when passing to ensure distancing as is practical at the time.
  1. Adhere to the Event Covid-19 policies and protocols along with any local/national government regulations relating to the management of Covid-19.

Return To The Trails


We look forward to welcoming you to the immaculate trails of Western Cape. In order to deliver you the safest race experience possible in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be implementing best practice guideline measures at the Absa Cape Epic.

5 Guiding Principles:

1. Enhanced Hygiene and Sanitizing

  • Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will be readily available around the race villages and venues.
  • Cleaning of common venue areas will be increased.
  • Staff and crew wear face masks at all times while in rider-facing, public spaces or working areas.
  • Riders will be provided with an additional face mask at registration.
  • All persons to wear a face mask while in the race villages, venues and on the race route and to maintain a minimum distance of not less than 1.5m between each other at all times.
  • Implement a sanitizing regime in areas used by riders and crew i.e, dining marquee’s, showers, mixing zones.

2. Screening and education 

  • Appropriate personal health, personal hygiene and safe support education and training will be provided for staff and crew in necessary functional areas.
  • Riders and Crew must present a valid (negative) PCR test result, not older than 72 hours or a valid (negative) Antigen test result not older than 48 hours, prior to the start of the event in order to participate regardless of their vaccination status. For Riders the start of the event will mean Race Registration and for Crew, the start is defined as their first day of work.
  • All Riders and Crew will be required to undergo an Antigen test on day 4 of the event.
  • Daily symptom screening and temperature testing

3. Density reduction 

  • Instituting measures to increase space for persons throughout the race villages and venues.
  • Enable appropriate physical distancing (>1.5 m) whenever possible.

4. Touchpoint minimisation 

  • Reducing or removing touchpoints and points of interaction between riders, staff and crew without compromising event safety or security and the practical operational delivery of the event.

5. Rider personal responsibility 

  • All persons are empowered to determine their individual level of personal responsibility to further minimize interaction and touchpoints with crew and fellow riders.
  • All persons will be required review and accept the Event Covid-19 policy protocols alongside the rider and crew commitment.