The 13th edition of the Stellenbosch MTB Challenge takes a break from the annual 6 route format and focuses on fun and family with 2 route options launching from our new venue at Spier Wine Estate!

As one of the premier venues in South Africa, Spier Wine Estate needs no introduction and has loads on offer for riders and spectators alike with wonderful food, wine and beautiful scenery to wow the senses. The two routes chosen for this year’s challenge compliments the venue and offering perfectly. To add to the fun, a new trail run will be hosted on Saturday, 28 July to create the perfect winelands outdoor weekend.

Entries are open for the mountain bike event with a 22km and a 50km to start from 8am in various start groups. As there are fewer distance options, entries will be limited to 2000 riders, to give outdoor enthusiasts the ultimate experience. The picturesque routes will cater for beginner to intermediate riders in keeping with this year’s theme of having fun outside with friends & family.

Well-known route designer, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, was involved in mountain bike routes & events at Spier since the late nineties knows the area well. “This year we’ll focus on the fun take for mountain bikers and even beginners and the younger crowd can enjoy this stunning area of Stellenbosch. We wanted to take a break from the annual format to give us enough time to develop a new rider offering for 2019. That said, the Spier venue and route offerings are sure to be very popular and we’re sure that it has the potential to grow into a stand-alone weekend. ” says Botha.



DATE: Sunday, 29 July 2018
VENUE: Spier Wine Estate, R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
TIME: First start at 08h00, last at 08h50
Mountain Bike DISTANCES:
•    22km – for children, novices & beginner.
•    50km – for intermediate

Riders can expect well stocked refreshment stations, technical support on route, a bubbly point on the 50km route and of course all finishers get a special commemorative medal. At the finish carnival there will be kids entertainment, food & drink, and a lucky draw with loads of prizes, including a Giant Bicycles mountain bike to be won!

This is a CSA Sanctioned event for both distances. CSA membership is required in order to start in the first starting group per distance. If you do not have CSA membership and would like to start in the first group please contact CSA and get your membership before entering. Please note all CSA and UCI rules apply. Read here!

The non CSA distances and groups will be seeded by SA Seeding

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