Cape Town - The 100 Early Bird
entries for the 2017 Absa Cape Epic sold out in nine seconds on Monday.
“People around the
world were obviously ready to press the ‘submit’ button when they opened at 15:00,” said race CEO Lynn Naudé.
“Seconds later they had all been taken.”
Those who missed
out on an early bird entry can apply through the lottery system, which
opened as the early bird process closed and runs until May 30,
2016. There will be two separate lottery process - one for international
riders and another for South African residents.
can apply for a wildcard entry if they hold a valid UCI racing licence and have
appropriate racing qualifications. Those riders wishing to support one of the
official charities, can buy a charity entry and thereby support a good cause.
Entries are also available for media on request, but are limited. Lastly, Absa
Cape Epic volunteers receive a guaranteed entry to the following year’s race.
entrants will be notified at the beginning of June, and can start their
training programmes in anticipation of next year’s race. The cost is R67 900
per team for local entrants and $5 490 for internationals.
can register for the lottery on the website.
Entries for the
first ever Cape Epic in 2004 sold out in three days. The next year they were
all snapped up in four hours and 51 minutes. In 2010 the early bird system was
introduced - selling out in quicker time each year.
The 2017 event will
take place from March 19-26.
The South African
lottery is available to South African residents with a valid SA ID number. The
lottery opens immediately after the Early Bird entries sell out, and closes on May 30. South Africans will pay the SA Rand entry fee.
International lottery for all riders without an SA ID number also opens
immediately after the Early Bird entries are sold out, and closes on