Start Procedure

Cape to Cape 2019 welcomes the introduction of pairs racing along with our traditional solo categories, however we understand seeding is an important system be able to maximise enjoyment on the course for all riders in all categories.

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 Epic Series event (Cape to Cape, Port to Port, Reef to Reef, The Pioneer, Cape Epic). If you feel you qualify for wave 1 (black dot), please submit the request form below for consideration. All requests are required to be placed prior to 11.59pm, 13 Sept 2020. 

Black Dot Request

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.


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

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
8:25AM PAIRS/SOlO Green
8:35AM PAIRS/SOLO Orange
8:40AM PAIRS/SOLO Yellow

On Course Info

Please use the 2018 information below as a guide. Your 2019 information will be available shortly. 

Water Points

There will be two water points on each stage, check out the course info pages for these locations.


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.


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.

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