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Why You Need To Be Here on 10 March 2018

Free for all

Free entry. Free parking. Free Wi-Fi (compliments of Dimension Data). How does that sound? Thought so.

It’s all about the vibe. And cow bells

We encourage you, dear spectator, to make as much noise as you can by cheering on your favourite riders as they barrel down the slew of gut-wrenching technical sections that underscore the Epic World Cup course. Someone say cow bells? Yes sir. Absa will be giving away 1300 hand-crafted limited-edition Qhubeka bells to keep the atmosphere full of energy and guarantee an Epic experience like no other, a proudly African World Cup. Get there early to avoid disappointment.

Pure theatre. Pure XCO

The Epic World Cup will raise the bar as far as immersive and interactive experiences go. With no fewer than five technical sections spread throughout the infamous and utterly beautiful Coetzenberg XCO course, fans are guaranteed an up-close-and-personal slice of the action – sitting behind the television at home is a thing of the past. Three of these sections will feature dedicated spectator points while a big screen, stationed at both the rock garden and start/finish area, will broadcast all of the live action ensuring you don’t miss a thing. Also located at the start/finish area in the race village is the grandstand, which offers a panoramic view of the lower slopes of the course.

So you want to meet a rock(garden) superstar?

As far as mountain biking royalty goes the Epic World Cup is the place to be. Everyone from world champions and Olympic medalists to national champs and Absa Cape Epic legends will feature across all categories on the day. Fancy a selfie, a chat or maybe even an autograph from such superstars as Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja, Nino Schurter, Julien Absalon or Manuel Fumic? Get there early and track down your favourite riders in the spectator friendly Team Tech Zone before the action starts. No special passes, no accreditation needed.

Thanks for the memories

Apart from the comprehensive expo in which you’ll be able to ogle, interact with and buy some of the latest bike products and gadgets, there’ll also be an on-site Absa Cape Epic Logo Store where a selection of Absa Cape Epic and UCI World Cup merchandise will be available for purchase.

Let us entertain you

As a family friendly event the Epic World Cup guarantees something exciting for the whole family. From the Virgin Active Club-V Kids Activation and kiddie’s pump track to the plethora of fully kitted out chill zones, exclusive hospitality tents and VIP viewing points – the choice is yours.

Want to win a new bike? Well, you’ll have to beat Absa Cape Epic legend Christoph Sauser in a head-to-head bike battle at the Virgin Active trailer. Rumour has it he’s been training like a beast…

The Maties cheerleaders will also be performing outside the Hunters Extreme Cider Bar, showcasing their talent and synchronised routines to the crowds. Local is lekker.

Good Food and Wine. And Beer

Hungry? Thirsty? Or both? We’ve got you covered! Enjoy South African service and hospitality at its best with a host of bespoke food vendors, Woolworths TO GO Zones and coffee carts spread around the race village. Those located in the heart of the action near the Rock Garden and Khoi Spirit technical sections will be serviced by a selection of strategically located refreshment and food stations. Hospitality packages are available.