Start Procedure

Stage 1 will see a top approx.200 grid made up of Elite riders both pairs and solos. This will be made up of riders who have finished in the top 200 at a past 12months Epic Series event (Cape to Cape, Port to Port, Reef to Reef, The Pioneer, Cape Epic). 

Stage 1 Black Dot Request

If you feel your name should be on the Black Dot list, please contact us at  

All other riders will then self-seed for the start of the race. On the completion of Stage 1 you will receive a coloured dot that will determine your start time for the remaining 3 stages.

Each wave (stages 2-4) will see approx.200 riders per wave, a mix of pairs and solos, however the grid will prioritise pairs at the front of each wave.

Stage 1

Time Details

First wave of elite riders pairs & solos with pairs at the front of the wave.


All other riders self seeded

On finishing Stage 1 riders will be seeded into the below via coloured dot system which will determine their start for subsequent stages.

Stage 2, Stage 3 & Stage 4

Time Category Colour Dot
8:00AM PAIRS Black
8:05AM SOLOS Black
8:10AM PAIRS Light Blue
8:15AM SOLOS Light Blue
8:35AM PAIRS/SOLO Orange
8:40AM PAIRS/SOLO Yellow

On Course Info

Water Points

A water point will be available at approximately the halfway point of each stage. You can either refill your bottle there or drop your bottle to the info tent at the start line and they will take it to the water point for you. (Bottles must be dropped by 7.30am each day and must be labeled with your name and race number).

The water points on course will have the following available:

  • Water
  • Bottle collection
  • KODA Electrolyte tabs
  • KODA gels
  • Radio communications to HQ

The water points will be found on the below KM markers:

  • Stage 1 – 21km
  • Stage 2 – 37km
  • Stage 3 – 40km
  • Stage 4 – 24km


The Cape to Cape uses an advanced electronic timing system that provides all competitors with an accurate race time based on when they cross that Start and Finish lines. The seat post sticker contains a low frequency chip so it is important that this is applied and maintained as per the instructions in your race pack and race guide.



The Cape to Cape has been designed for riders of all abilities that are looking to challenge themselves. As a result our objective is to keep all riders in the event for as long as it is possible but without compromising the safety of other riders or members of the event team.

The Race Manager will monitor the pace of each group with an expectation that all riders can maintain a minimum speed of 10 – 12 kmh so that they can complete the course within the allotted time limit. Failure to do so will mean that riders, at the discretion of the Race Director, can be diverted onto a shorter route to the finish.

Time Penalties – the Race Director has the ability to apply a time penalty to any rider that is found to have not complied with any of the following rules;

  • Failing to dismount at a marked dismount point or comply with the road rules.
  • Littering or careless disposal of ties on course.
  • Offensive language or antisocial behaviour that negatively impacts the ride experience of another competitor.

Stage 1
Riders who have not reached the Telstra Tower Loop (26.5km marker on course) by 11.45am sharp will be redirected cutting off 3.5km off the course and be penalised by 30 mins (this will be added to their finish time).

Handcyclists - No Redirection

Stage 2
Riders who have not reached Donovan Road (37.3km marker on course) by 11.30am will be redirected cutting off 12km off the course and be penalised by 1 hour (this will be added to their finish time).

Handcyclists - By-pass Vincent, Left @ Donovan x Boranup (If cyslists don’t make 11.30am redirection)

Stage 3
Riders who have not reached the 30km mark within Middle Earth 11.30am will be redirected cutting off 9km off the course and be penalised by 1 hour (this will be added to their finish time).

Handcyclists- Boundary Road to Farm

Stage 4
Riders who have not reached the 35.1km mark within Wharncliffe 12.30pm will be redirected cutting off 2.5km off the course and be penalised by 20 minutes (this will be added to their finish time).

Handcyclists - Up Big Climb Jig Rd – follow course around fire trail up to 30km – Cut out Wharncliffe Mill