ABSA Cape Epic goes Virtual for 2021 on Zwift

ABSA Cape Epic goes Virtual for 2021 on Zwift

Ride the greatest MTB stage race on earth from the comfort of your home and get a shot at winning a custom painted Scott Spark for IRL adventures.


The Absa Cape Epic is the most widely televised mountain bike race in the world. It’s as challenging as it is well-known for good reason. The Absa Cape Epic is the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classed as hors catégorie—literally, “beyond categorization—by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Go beyond this spring via the Absa Cape Epic Race Series. 

For many pros, competing in this punishing, grueling race is a highlight of their year. And it provides amateurs the chance to test themselves against the best.

Want a taste of this event from home? Check out the Absa Cape Epic Stage Race. Pulling no punches, the first stage includes one spicy attack up and over the Volcano Climb. Of course, your avatar will be on a mountain bike. When you complete all four stages, you will be entered for a chance to win a IRL custom painted Scott Spark RC 900 team issue AXS! See below for illustrative images.

For more info visit: http://virtual.cape-epic.com/


Stage 1 presented by Oakley 

  • Whole Lotta Lava
  • March 7th + 8th
  • 1 lap
  • Total Distance: 16.9km // 10.5mi
  • Total Elevation: 189.6m // 622’

Stage 2 Time Trial presented by Dimension Data 

  • Bologna Time Trial
  • March 9th + 10th 
  • 1 lap
  • Total Distance: 8km // 5 Mi
  • Total Elevation: 230m // 755’

Stage 3 presented by ABUS 

  • Jungle Circuit Reverse
  • March 11th + 12th
  • 2 laps 
  • Total Distance: 22km // 13.7mi 
  • Total Elevation: 164m // 538 ft

Stage 4 presented by Assos

  • Serpentine 8 loop
  • March 13th + 14th
  • 1 lap 
  • Total Distance: 26.5km // 16.5mi
  • Total Elevation: 204.7m // 675’


  • Finish Stage 1 or 2 to unlock the Absa Cape Epic kit.
  • Finish Stage 3 or 4 to unlock the Scott Spark Cape Epic custom paint job.
  • Complete all 4 stages and get an invite into the Absa Cape Epic Pro/Am Race on March 17.


Images by: Geoff Waugh. Bicycle pictured is for illustrative purposes only and may not be exactly the same bike design awarded.

Check out the Absa Cape Epic Podcast Rides with special guests starting March 2.

Absa Cape Epic Podcast Ride Series