Java Mtb Challenge 2017 Adds New Territory To The Mix Of Family Fun

Van Loveren Java MTB Challenge
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The annual Van Loveren Java MTB Challenge offers some fresh challenges to adrenalin-seekers who sign up for the event taking place near Robertson on 14 October 2017.  A fun-filled sporting day for the whole family, the Van Loveren Java MTB Challenge includes not only MTB, but also a trail running competition across scenic farmland and mountains as well as food stalls, music and wine tasting.

The event has built up a loyal following over the years and regulars at the Java MTB Challenge use the race to train for the upcoming Wines2Whales, Cape Pioneer Trek, and To Hell and Back.

The 6km route is an easy, non-technical fun ride that’s suitable for children and perfect for families to do together. The 20km is ideal for beginners and lies mostly along a Jeep track with some single track. It’s not very technical and only covers 250m in elevation. The 45km is suitable for an intermediate level of experience, taking riders over elevation variance of 800m.

The 85km route however, is gruelling and should be attempted only by very experienced riders. It covers virgin territory following the commissioning of a new route last year, and custom-built single tracks. The 1600m elevation will challenge even the most seasoned riders. All riders with a Racetec chip will be timed.

The Java MTB Challenge is a fundraising platform for local schools and charitable organisations that assist with organising and logistics on the day.  All entrants will receive medals upon completion of their chosen activity, while there are prizes and lucky draws to the value of over R40 000 up for grabs.

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