Cape Town - The
100 Early Bird entries for the 2018 Absa Cape Epic sold out instantaneously on
Monday - one day after this year’s highly successful event.
took just seconds for them all to be snapped up this year,” said Absa Cape Epic
chief executive Lynn Naudé.
“I didn’t think it was possible for people to fill
in the forms and submit at this speed.”
were almost 1 000 hopefuls who completed the Early Bird entry form when the
process opened at 15:00 but they were beaten to the ‘submit’ button by the lucky
who missed out on an Early Bird entry can apply through the lottery system,
which opened on the Absa Cape Epic website - www.cape-epic.com - after the Early
Bird process was completed and runs until May 30, 2017.
riders can apply for a wildcard entry if they hold a valid UCI racing license
and have appropriate racing qualifications.
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.
Also, Absa Cape Epic volunteers receive a guaranteed
entry to the following year’s race.
a new innovation riders in Cape Epic MTB World Series events will be able to
qualify to take part in the Absa Cape Epic.
The series is being rolled out at
present and further announcements about these qualification opportunities will
be made in due course.
lottery entrants will be notified at the beginning of June, and can start their
training programmes in anticipation of next year’s
The cost is R74 900 per team for South Africans and $5 690 for
event will take place from March 18-25 and we look forward to welcoming all
participants to the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race,” said Naudé.
for the first ever Absa 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.
said the 2017 event had been “a great success and we were delighted to have so
many distinguished riders in the field and all performing well”
gold medallist and world champion Nino Schurter won the men’s category with
Swiss countryman Matthias Stirnemann, while Olympic women’s mountain biking
champion Jenny Rissveds of Sweden won the mixed category with
Thomas Frischknecht of Switzerland.
The women’s category was won by internationally-renowned Swiss/Swedish
combination Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag while former Tour de France
winner Cadel Evans, riding with George Hincapie, stormed through the second
half of the event to win the masters category.
“Mother Nature threw some challenges at us but
those were managed excellently by our team and we look forward to another great
event in 2018,” said Naudé.