Cape Town - Quick fingers won the day as 100 Early Bird entries for the 2019 Absa Cape Epic sold out instantly on Monday, March 26 - a day after the highly successful 15th edition.
Of the thousands of hopefuls who logged on to the Absa Cape Epic website at 15:00 on Monday, only 100 were lucky enough to secure a slot in next year's race.
Those who missed out on an Early Bird entry can still potentially secure a guaranteed slot through the Lottery Application system, which opened on the Cape Epic website - www.cape-epic.com - immediately after the Early Bird entries sold out.
Successful lottery entrants will be notified at the beginning of June, giving them ample time to start their preparation for next year’s race - the cost is R82 900 per team.
As a Cape Epic volunteer one can guarantee oneself an entry into the following year’s race. Riders can also enter by supporting one of the official charities or by registering for one of the Epic Series Qualifier races (Perskindol Swiss Epic or The Pioneer in New Zealand) for a chance at a slot.
The Epic Series is a new and growing global series of mountain bike stage races. Each event captures the essence of mountain biking in its region. At the Perskindol Swiss Epic and The Pioneer, riders have the chance to qualify for a slot at the pinnacle of mountain bike stage racing - the Cape Epic.
The success of having the Epic World Cup, Cape Town Cycle Tour and Cape Epic taking place in the Western Cape in the last two weeks, has seen South Africa become the epicentre of world cycling in March. To capitalise on what has been shown to be a winning recipe the Cape Epic will be held from March 17-24 next year.
This year’s race was full of surprises, but it was Investec Songo Specialized’s Jaroslav Kulhavy and Howard Grotts who, through consistency and experience, asserted their dominance and cruised to victory unchallenged. The Czech Express guided his partner in the early stages of the race before Grotts came to the party in a big way to become the first American to win the men’s category.
The women’s category, won by Annika Langvad and Kate Courtney, made it a clean sweep for Investec Songo Specialized. Denmark's Langvad would claim her fourth win from as many attempts while Courtney notched up her first becoming the first American to win the women’s race in the process.