Cycling

Final 55 Cape Epic entries snapped up in seconds

Entries to the 2021 Absa Cape Epic have sold out in a matter of seconds; after opening at 15:00, on Tuesday, 19 May.

With 90% of the 2021 entries taken up by those teams that had registered for 2020, space for new entries was highly limited and 55 team entries were made available, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Those limited entries were snapped up virtually instantaneously.

“We are delighted that so many mountain bikers have committed to embarking on the journey towards next year’s Absa Cape Epic with us” Kevin Vermaak, the race founder stated.

“Since its inception in 2004 the race has always been oversubscribed and I, as a two-time finisher myself, am aware of the amount of training that goes into preparing for an Absa Cape Epic. Known as 'The Race That Measures All', it’s mountain biking’s most aspirational and inspirational event. Having the race as a goal for 21-28 March next year is sure to keep the entrants on their bikes and motivated during these uncertain times.”

“Having been unable to showcase the 2020 route we are excited by the prospect of visiting Ceres, Tulbagh and Wellington in 2021,” Vermaak continued.

“The route is undoubtedly one of the most demanding yet incredible routes in the race’s history. Crossing the Grand Finale finish line at Val de Vie Estate next year will, undoubtedly, be even more emotional, after the upheaval of this year.”

The 2021 Cape Epic will take on the 647km route, which features 15 550 metres of climbing throughout its eight days of racing. Race villages will be hosted by Ceres, Tulbagh and Wellington. Each of the towns was looking forward to hosting the 2020 race, due to the massive boost to the local economies it brings. Local hotels, guest houses and AirBnBs expect to be fully booked during the 2021 Cape Epic’s stay in their towns, guaranteeing an income for the hard-hit tourism sector.

For those who missed out on an entry for the 2021 Cape Epic, this is not the end of the line. The race will still allow teams to register for the waiting list, allowing them the chance to enter at a later point should pre-registered teams withdraw from the event.

To add your name to the waiting list or to find out more about the 2021 Cape Epic, visit www.cape-epic.com

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