Stellenbosch MTB Challenge & Farm Run
Enter early for the STELLENBOSCH MTB CHALLENGE
The 14th edition of the Stellenbosch MTB Challenge on the 28th of July 2019, for the second year we take a break from the annual 6 route format and focuses on fun and family with 2 route options launching from Spier Wine Estate!
Early bird entries get 10% off if entrants use the code “Stellenboschmtb” online by 27 April. Make use of this offer now, as entries are also limited per distance 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 the theme of having fun outside with friends & family.
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. Excellent waterpoints are planned with food and drinks and even Bubbly and chocolate! As well as tech zones, to support riders that are having any mechanicals.
Trail runners also get to enjoy this beautiful area on the Saturday with three distances to suit all fitness levels. Join in on the festive winter outdoor weekend in the Winelands with lots on offer at the start/finish for the whole family. Early bird special till 27 April! Use the code: runstellenbosch when checking out.
Well-known route designer, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, has been involved in mountain bike routes & events at Spier since the late nineties and knows the area well.
“The 2018 event was such a success for riders that we want to keep the focus on the fun family aspect for mountain bikers. Even beginners and the younger crowd can enjoy this stunning area of Stellenbosch. There are lots to improve on since the event was held for the first time at Spier in 2018, therefor it makes sense to keep the event at this popular & beautiful estate” says Botha.
The 22km is the perfect beginner’s route with under 300m of climbing on mostly open dirt roads and tracks. You’ll ride through vineyards orchards and large stretches of fynbos and can expect beautiful views of the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains.
The 50km mirrors the 2017 route with of course the exclusion of the town-based route sections. To make up for these excluded sections we are adding routing on the south western side of the course, including more riding in the Vlaeberg area. To the best of our knowledge, these additional routes have never been used in a mountain event before.
Riders can expect well stocked refreshment stations, technical support on route and of course all finishers get a special commemorative medal. At the finish carnival there will be kid’s entertainment, live music, food & drink, and a lucky draw with loads of prizes, including a Giant Bicycles mountain bike to be won!
Entries will close 24th of July or as soon as the entry limit is reached. Note that each route has an entry cap. Order a unique once off event long sleeve t-shirt or hoody with your entry.