The 100 early bird entries for the 2016 Absa Cape Epic sold out in nine seconds on Monday.
“A lot of people were ready and counting the seconds until they opened at 3pm,” said race founder Kevin Vermaak. “Nine seconds later they were all gone.”
There were more than 500 hopefuls who completed the early bird form, but they clicked the ‘submit’ button a fraction too late.
Those who missed out on an early bird entry can apply through the lottery system, which opened as the early bird process closed and runs until May 30, 2015.
Professional riders can apply for a wildcard entry if they hold a valid UCI racing license and have appropriate racing qualifications. Those riders wishing to support one of the official charities, can buy a charity entry and thereby support a good cause. Entries are also available for media on request, but are limited. Lastly, Absa Cape Epic volunteers receive a guaranteed entry to the following year’s race.
Successful lottery entrants will be notified at the beginning of June, and can start their training programmes in anticipation of next year’s race. The cost is R59 600 per team.
Those interested can register for the lottery on the website.
“International demand to ride the Absa Cape Epic is growing year on year and the lottery system is the most unbiased way of managing the demand,” said Vermaak. “In this way, we allow new riders from around South Africa and the world to participate annually. Next year’s event will take place from 13 to 20 March and we look forward to welcoming all participants to the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race”.
Entries for the first ever Cape Epic in 2004 sold out in three days. The next year they were all snapped up in four hours and 51 minutes. In 2010 the early bird system was introduced – selling out in less time each year until Monday’s lightning sale.