Amazing support was shown by the participants who took part in the seventh annual Java MTB Challenge. Since its inception seven years ago the race has managed to pay out more than R660 000 to beneficiaries, and in doing so give back to the local community.
Beneficiaries include Robertson High School, Robertson Primary School, Robertson Preparatory School, Wakkerstroom-Wes Rural School, Jakes Gerwel Educational Trust, Herberg Children’s Home and Bonnievale Vryburgers. This year, development riders and runners, consisting of kids from disadvantaged areas in the community, were hosted at the event free of charge.
Entrants grew to 1209 from last year’s 918 with the 6km family/kiddies fun ride and the 10km Trail Run Turning attracting the largest number of entrants.
As per Java tradition, all participants were rewarded with medals and goodie-bags upon crossing the finish line, as well as standing a chance of winning awesome prizes in the Java lucky draw. The Coffee Snobs added to the excellent vibe again this year, with live music throughout the day.
Participants were pleasantly surprised when issued with a returnable JAVA specific race number for 2019’s event. ALL pre-entered participants were seeded according to their SA Seeding Index and all results will be submitted to SA Seeding to be incorporated with their national seeding profile.
Without the support of the sponsors the Java MTB Challenge would not be able to take place, and the organisers wish to give a heartfelt thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support: Van Loveren and Pick ‘n Pay (Robertson), with additional sponsorships from Bayer, Into Cycling Newspaper (primary media partner), Môreson Grondverskuiwers, APL Cartons, Ford Rola Motor Group, Bosman Adama, CTP Packaging, WESGRO, Cape Winelands and Spur.
In case you missed out on this year’s event, be sure to diarize Saturday, 10 October 2020 for the next Java MTB Challenge. Online entries will open in the New Year and close on 5 October 2020.