Ride the Cape Epic with Zwift

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Race the world's most famous mountain bike race, digitally (Photo: Zwift)
Race the world's most famous mountain bike race, digitally (Photo: Zwift)
  • The 2021 Cape Epic has been postponed to October but riders can race virtually during March.
  • Riders who complete all four stages stand a chance to win a Scott Spark RC 900 Team issue bike worth R200 000.
  • Entry to the virtual Cape Epic is free to all riders who have access to Zwift and a smart trainer.

For the last 16 years, March has been Cape Epic month. But with the 2020 Absa Cape Epic cancelled completely and the 2021 event postponed until October, that routine continues with a virtual Cape Epic hosted on Zwift.

From 7-14 March riders across the world will be able to flex their racing muscles on four stages of the virtual Cape Epic, hosted in Zwift’s Watopia

Entry is free to all riders who have access to Zwift and a smart trainer. All competitors who complete the four stages stand a chance to win a Scott Spark RC 900 mountain bike and the opportunity to race the best in the world during the virtual Cape Epic Zwift Pro-Am event on 17 March.

The four stages will include three mass start events and a time trial. In total, riders will cover 73.4km and 788m of climbing during the virtual Cape Epic. Come October, those attempting the real Cape Epic will need to conquer 655km and 15 550m of climbing across the Western Cape’s wildest trails.

Stage one comprises 16.9km and 190m of climbing on Whole Lotta Lava, stage two is an 8km all-out sprint on the Bologna TT route. Stage three covers 22km and 164m of climbing on the Jungle Loop while stage four comprises 26.5km and 205m of climbing on the Serpentine 8 segment.

All riders who complete the first two stages will unlock a branded in-game Assos Cape Epic kit that will be loaded to their Zwift garage. Riders who finish stage three and four will unlock the virtual Cape Epic Scott Spark paint job.

Mountain bike
Zebra stripes for this custom Cape Epic Scott Spark RC (Photo: Geoff Waugh)

You could get a great new bike, by participating 

All riders who complete all four stages will be entered into a lucky draw to win a Scott Spark RC 900 Team issue bike custom painted by Fat Creations and kitted out with SRAM’s electronic AXS drivetrain. This carbon-fibre dual-suspension mountain bike is worth R200 000.

Riders who finish the four stages will also be invited to race the pros in the virtual Cape Epic Pro-Am style race on 17 March.

The Pro-Am race will see the world’s best endurance mountain bikers battle each other on the brand-new Serpentine 8 Loop on Zwift. Featuring 204m of climbing over 26.6km, racing is sure to be blisteringly fast. 

The action from this finale will be broadcast live to the world on the Cape Epic and Zwift social media channels with Paul Kaye and Hannah Walker behind the microphones.

Professional riders will also be sharing their knowledge in a series of Cape Epic podcasts. Host Payson McElveen will chat with legends of the event as they share personal stories, preparation tips and more. Guests include Swiss mountain bike world champion, Nino Schurter, and five-time Danish Cape Epic winner, Annika Langvad. 

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