SPOT Gen3 Device

The Absa Cape Epic, taking place from March 18 to March 25 2018, is an eight day physically gruelling and mentally demanding mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. The race covers 658km of untamed, unspoilt scenery through some of the most beautiful regions with 13 530m 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.


With rider safety being paramount to the Absa Cape Epic, this year the organisation is making the switch from GSM based tracking solutions to SPOT satellite tracking solutions as many section of the race route are out of cellular range. SPOTGen3 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.

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“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".
—Glyn Broomberg, Head of Race Operations
for the Absa Cape Epic
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“We are proud to be providing an effective tracking solution to the Absa Cape Epic from 2018. The rugged and off-the-grid nature of this race as well as the lack of GSM connectivity shouts out for a device like SPOT. Our satellite tracking will increase rider safety, increase the viewing experience for those at home as well as increase the efficiency of the race organiser’s systems”.
—Sean McCormick, Managing
Director of Globalstar Satellite Africa.

Globalstar Satellite Africa has committed to sponsoring the event for the next three years as Official Tracking Partner of the Absa Cape Epic which marks the SPOT family of products’ 10 years of lifesaving technology.