Ride Guide

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Please use the 2018 Rider Guide as your guide to 2019. The 2019 Rider Guide will be available one month prior to the event.

This is the ultimate guide! Outlining everything you need to know for the event and the logistics.

Download the Ride Guide

Epic Series App

The Epic Series App is now live! It has everything Cape to Cape riders and spectators need to know…

Event info, results, course and spectator spot maps, videos and the event schedule.

If you’re not riding Cape to Cape you can follow all the action in the event feed and drool a bit over daily highlights videos. 

And when you have a spare moment, over a quiet beer, you can check out the other awesome Global Epic Series mountain bike stage races.

Search for ‘Epic Series’ in the Apple or Google Play App stores.

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Race Village Services

The Cape to Cape Race Village is located at the finish line of each stage and will contain everything you need post ride each day including food, cold beers, the Bike Dr mechanic and bike wash. You can just relax, soak up the atmosphere, refuel and hang out with fellow riders.

The daily awards will also be held at the finish line each day – so you don’t have to go too far to collect your leaders jersey.

Massage and Strapping

After a big day on the bike you’ll be loving the sight of the amazing Professional Event Massage team from Rural Fitness who will be at the finish line each day to get those weary muscles recovered and ready for the next stage, the team can also offer professional strapping if required.  Sessions are on a user pays basis charged at $20/ 15 minutes or $40/ 30 minutes. Strapping is charged at $20 per application. Bookings can be made at the massage tent during opening hours or pre-booked by emailing Paula on ruralfitness@westnet.com.au

Bike Dr Wash & Lube Service

Bike Dr are back as charity partner to make sure that your C2C experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. They'll be set up at the beginning and end of each stage to give your bike the bath and lube it so deserves. If you like the sounds of this, your job is simple. Drop off your bike after you complete the stage, go and grab your well earned beer and we'll have your bike ready to rock and roll for the next day's stage. 

Start Procedure

Cape to Cape 2019 welcomes the introduction of teams 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 200 grid made up of Elite riders both teams 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 this please email the race director for consideration.

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 200 riders per wave, a mix of teams and solos, however the grid will prioritise teams at the front of each wave.

Stage 1

Time Details

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


First wave of elite riders teams & solos with teams 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 TEAMS Black
8.02AM SOLOS Black
8.05AM TEAMS Blue
8.07AM SOLOS Blue
8.10AM TEAMS Red
8.12AM SOLOS Red
8.15AM TEAMS Green
8.17AM SOLOS Green
8.20AM TEAMS Pink
8.22AM SOLOS Pink
8.25AM TEAMS Light Blue
8.27AM SOLOS Light Blue
8.30AM TEAMS Yellow
8.32AM SOLOS 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.

Spectator Points

Each stage will have at least two spectator points that will be the best spots on course to cheer on your mates. Check out these maps for the best spectator locations:


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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Wave Starts

For stage one each rider will be asked to seed themselves based on ability and expected ride time. Elites and top 200 finishers of past Epic Series Races will be given priority entry at the front.

At the stage one finish line riders will be allocated a coloured dot representing the waves they are allocated to begin the following day’s stage.

The first 200 riders in the elite rider’s group will be followed by waves of 100 -150 riders each. Each zone will This system will be used for stages 2 - 4.

If at any time you believe you should be in a faster or slower start zone (due to mechanical or other reasons) please visit Race HQ at the finish line discuss with our Race Manager.

Start zones for the start of stages 2 - 4 are as follows:

8:00am – Black Dot
8:05am – Blue Dot
8:10am – Red Dot
8:15am – Green Dot
8:20am – Pink Dot
8:25am – Orange Dot
8:28am – Purple Dot
8:30am – Gold Dot

If you have any further questions please email us at: capetocape@ironman.com

Diversions and Time Penalties

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.

  • Diversions – 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.

Training Program

Get the most out of your Cape to Cape thanks to the coaching team at FTP Training. The coaching team at FTP Training are back on board to offer you their excellent 12 week training program for Cape to Cape. Whether you’re keen to climb onto the podium or will be proud to roll over the finish line, it’s designed to help you conquer the course.

Enter Cape to Cape before midnight Sunday 28 July 2019 to receive a 12-week FTP program worth $79 for free or to redeem a $79 discount off their Bronze and Silver training programs. 

Either opt-in during the registration process or see your confirmation email on how to sign up. All riders who opt-in, your training program will begin on Monday 29 July 2019.

While Cape to Cape is achievable for anyone with a decent level of fitness, the better you prepare, the more you’ll enjoy the journey. As a rider you want to be able to back it up fresh each day and the FTP Training 12-week programs are designed to help you do just that! Great for newbies, master and elites.


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