Absa Cape Epic Race Week

We’re bringing the Absa Cape Epic experience to Zwift! Get ready for some Cape Epic-inspired events throughout the week.  And we’ve got a great rig for these rides: the Scott Spark. Just join any of these rides, and we’ll automatically put you on this XC speed machine.  

A lot of riders believe that the Absa Cape Epic is the toughest mountain bike stage race on earth. So get ready to put in some work.  

The week kicks off with the Cape Epic Zwift Prologue. This utilizes the TT mode function. All riders’ start times will be staggered to give you the prologue experience. After that, we’ll mix it up with both shorter fast-paced off-road jaunts and long mountain climbs, before finishing off the week with a long pedal over a diverse mix of terrain. 

Sign up for all of the events you want to experience. Rule of thumb? The more you ride this week, the faster you’ll be on the dirt this year.


Complete any of the events to unlock the zebra-inspired Cape Epic kit.


Nope. This is all about celebrating the Cape Epic with the Zwift community. But be warned: some will go full tilt. If you’re into a challenge, you may find yourself riding just as hard as you would in a race. In the end, the choice is yours. 


Absa Cape Epic Zwift Prologue - Tempus Fugit TT

  • Date: March 15 +16
  • TT mode
  • Route: Tempus Fugit
    • Distance: 17.3km (10.7 miles)
    • Elevation Gain: 16m (52′)
  • Bike: Scott Spark

Absa Cape Epic Race Week Ride - Jungle Circuit

  • Date: March 17 + 19
  • Route: Jungle Circuit
    • Laps: 2 + lead-in
    • Total Miles: 13.3 miles (21.4km)
    • Elevation: 542’ (165m)
  • Bike: Scott Spark

Absa Cape Epic Race Week Ride - Road to Sky

  • Date: March 18 + 20
  • Route: Road to Sky
    • Distance: 17.3 km (10.7 miles)
    • Elevation Gain: 1,045m (3430′)
  • Bike: Scott Spark

 Absa Cape Epic Race Week Ride - Dust in the Wind

  • Date: March 21 + 22
  • Route: Dust in the Wind
    • Distance: 47.3km (29.4 miles) + 5km (3.1 miles) lead-in
    • Elevation Gain: 413m (1354′)
  • Bike: Scott Spark


The Absa Cape Epic, often dubbed “untameable,” is a 600+ km beast of a mountain bike race. Comprised of eight stages over eight days, the competition includes more than 16,000 meters of climbing around the Western Cape of South Africa.

The Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike race in the world and the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classified as hors catégorie  — a French term that means "beyond categorization" — by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

For more info on the stage race, check out Cape-Epic.com.

See more about MTB at Zwift.com/offroad