2023 ABSA Cape Epic

A number of entries for the 2023 Absa Cape Epic have been set-aside exclusively for 2022 Reef to Reef pairs.

You have an opportunity to purchase an entry through a draw.



About the 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 in the Reef to Reef, you have the unique opportunity to purchase an entry through a draw for yourself and your partner.

What you have to do

To qualify for one of the entry slots, you will need to register your interest on your Active registration form prior to the race (only available to pair riders).  If you forgot to tick that box and would like to register your interest you can email  us at reeftoreef@ironman.com or visit us at Information at the event. 

Need more time to consider the challenge? You can still sign up at the event by seeing the crew at Information until the completion of stage 3.

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Qualification Guidelines

View the Pair Race Rules here. To be eligible to race 2024 Absa Cape Epic you must be 18 years of age at 2023 Stage 1 date.

A number of entries will be allocated to the 2024 Absa Cape Epic through two ways; Wildcard Entry and Draw Allocation.

Overall Men & Overall Women - Wildcard Entry

The overall men’s and women’s winning pairs qualify for a guaranteed wildcard entry into the Absa Cape Epic. This must be requested via email to registration@cape-epic.com within 7 days of winning the Reef to Reef.

Any professional UCI registered rider may apply via the Absa Cape Epic wildcard system, but entries are offered at the sole discretion of the Absa Cape Epic organisers.


Draw Allocation

The Draw Allocation provides the opportunity to purchase one of the guaranteed 2024 Absa Cape Epic entries. These will be drawn at Stage 4 Reef to Reef final awards presentation.

  • Draw Allocation is eligible to Reef to Reef 4-day Pair riders only (i.e. excludes 4-day solo, Triple-R)
  • 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 Reef to Reef
  • Riders must register their interest during the online registration process or from your MyEvents account in active.com at a later date. 
  • Riders must be present at the final awards
  • 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 at the time of the awards ceremony
  • A non-refundable deposit of $100 USD per guaranteed entry must be made to secure the entry. This deposit will be deducted from the entry fee
  • The pairs entry fee for the 2024 Absa Cape Epic will be announced in March 2023. Riders will be emailed details on how to complete the payment.

All entries are for the 2024 Absa Cape Epic and cannot be transferred to another year. Once payment has been received, the standard Absa Cape Epic cancellation policy applies.