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THE TOUGHEST 
MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE
IN THE WORLD
1300 RIDERS
700 UNTAMED KILOMETRES OF UNSPOILT SCENERY
13 530M OF ACCUMULATED CLIMBING
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SPOT Gen3

The Absa Cape Epic is an eight day physically gruelling and mentally demanding mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. The race covers approximately 700km of untamed, unspoilt scenery through some of the most beautiful regions with approximately 14 000m of accumulated climbing over the distance. The Absa Cape Epic is limited to 680 teams and must be completed by both members of a two-person team. The route changes every year, attracting aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world.

In 2018, with rider safety being paramount to the Absa Cape Epic, the organisation made the switch from GSM based tracking solutions to SPOT satellite tracking solutions, as many section of the race route are out of cellular range. SPOT Gen3 devices provide an S.O.S. function that allows race organisers to know where all their riders are out on the route and dispatch help effectively should an emergency occur.

“Rider safety is of paramount importance to the event
and by having a satellite solution we are substantially improving our ability to track teams and react to emergencies out on each stage. In addition to this, the SPOT solution allows us to effectively track and move event assets during the course of each stage including vehicles, personnel and medical support. Given the remoteness of the stages using the SPOT devices provides a whole new level of support that can be given to various elements of the event.”

Karen Clements
Race Director
Absa Cape Epic

“We are proud to be providing emergency messaging and tracking to the Absa Cape Epic. The rugged and off-the-grid nature of this race coupled with the lack of GSM cellular connectivity in the race vicinity, requires a device like SPOT. Our satellite tracking and emergency messaging will increase rider safety, provide peace-of-mind for those tracking their loved ones from home as well as increase the efficiency of the race organiser’s safety systems.”

Deborah Fourie
Marketing Communications Manager
Globalstar Satellite Africa