Four, three, two, one – It’s time for the Cape Duo Challenge

Photo credit: JV Photography SA

In a calendar filled with same-same events, the Cape Duo Challenge offers a unique opportunity to settle the roadies vs. mountain bikers arguments, once and for all.

Bring both your road and your mountain bikes to Wellington from 4-6 October for the third edition of the Cape Duo, which challenges individuals or two-person teams to complete – together, not in a relay – roughly 207km over three days, on a variety of terrain.

Friday’s 106km (1 300m ascent) takes the riders from the Bosman Family Vineyards race venue over Bainskloof for a loop around the gorgeous Slanghoek Valley before scaling Bains again, to return.

The skinny wheels are then set aside as Saturday’s stage is a 49km mountain bikers’ delight through the famous Wild Boar Trails, with a heady mix of lung-busting climbs, sublime single track descents and just enough open road to keep watered and fed.
With a shade over 1 200m of ascent, this is not the wildest the Boars could have found, yet it will remain a good test for hardened off-roaders and trembling roadies alike. The latter needn’t panic – both MTB routes have been designed as fun, yet fair physical tests, without being frightening.

Then the pièce de résistance, Sunday’s double-header: A 26.8km road time trial (there are not that many TTs on the amateur calendar) on the Lady Loch circuit that has hosted provincial and national championships runs straight into the final 25km MTB stage, on a different section of the Wild Boar network.

Four stages, three days, two bikes, one Challenge: enter SA’s most novel bike race at