Mountain bikers excited to take on the Fedhealth MTB Challenge

Jamie Penfold Photo credit: Jetline Action Photo

Taking place at the majestic Boschendal Farm Estate (The Retreat) on Saturday 07 September 2019 (Kids Event) and Sunday 08 September 2019 (Main Event), the 5th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge has attracted the attention of a number of SA’s leading sports enthusiasts including the likes of Jamie Penfold (defending champion in the Half Marathon), Michael Lord and Robyn Williams.

Jamie Penfold (Durbanville) will be gunning for his hat-trick victory in the Fedhealth MTB Challenge Half Marathon (+-30km).  “I’m attracted by the world class single track,” says Penfold.  “It is not often that the half marathon riders are treated to the amount and quality of single tracks that we get at the Fedhealth MTB Challenge.  If you are looking for a well-organized event with an amazing route this one is for you.  The single tracks are beautiful, the views of the valley are amazing and the route markings are good.  My goal on event day is to win of course.”

For mountain biker/triathlete, Michael Lord (Somerset West), the raw landscape and crazy amount of single track are what make the Fedhealth MTB Challenge iconic.  “Now that I am working and am not as fit, I wouldn’t be able to ride as much single track in one-go without the support (water stations) and added motivation that a race like this gives.  I am just looking forward to enjoying the trails while giving my all.”

“I just love the route,” says Robyn Williams (Stellenbosch).  “It is incredibly challenging, but also a lot of fun. You’ll definitely deserve that post-race beer and pizza when you’re done!  I am heading off to the Himalayas soon to do an eight day MTB stage race and will be using the Fedhealth MTB Challenge as a gauge as to where my fitness is as well as to practice riding with my race partner under race conditions.  I’d definitely recommend this event to other mountain bikers as the route is absolutely amazing and the vibe at the finish line is awesome. Bring the whole family as there is something for everyone.”

EVENT INFORMATION:  2019 Fedhealth MTB Challenge

Saturday, 07 September 2019

A highlight on the SA mountain bike calendar, the kids event caters for ages 0 – 13 with junior MTB enthusiasts choosing between a:  500m (0-5 years), 1.5km (6-9 years) and a 5km (10 – 13 years) event.

Event & Time:    Fedhealth MTB Challenge Kids Event:  not timed

  • 500m / 0 – 5 years of age / 10:30
  • 1.5km / 6 – 9 years of age / 11:00
  • 5km / 10 – 13 years of age / 11:30

Entry Fee:           R100

 

Sunday, 08 September 2019

Time:     08:00

Event:   +- 60km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Marathon)

Entry Fee:   R375 per rider (excludes CSA License)

Time:     09:00

 

Event:   +-30km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Half Marathon)

Entry Fee:  R275 per rider (excludes CSA License)

Time:     10:00

Event:   15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Fun Ride)

Entry Fee:  R175 per rider

E-BIKE CATEGORY:  The 2019 Fedhealth MTB Challenge welcomes E-Bike riders.  Enter the Fedhealth MTB Challenge Marathon or Half Marathon E-Bike Category and be part of the action.

SPECIALIZED GIVEAWAYS:  Specialized South Africa will be giving away a stunning Kids Bicycle to the value of R6000 as well as a whopping R10 000 voucher at the 5th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge.  To qualify for the Kids Bicycle junior mountain bikers must enter the Fedhealth MTB Challenge Kids Event and their parents must sign up to the Specialized Bicycles SA newsletter via http://bit.ly/2ZzTx1L .  To qualify for the R10 000 voucher senior mountain bikers must enter the Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Marathon, Half Marathon or Fun Ride) and sign up to the Specialized Bicycles SA newsletter via http://bit.ly/2MIrkU8.

FREE ENTRY: Fedhealth members can enter free of charge – simply by typing in their membership number when entering online!

CHARITY SUPPORT:  When entering online mountain bikers can choose to support one or both of the event’s charities:  1. The Aitsa! Aftercare Centre and/or 2. The Stellenbosch Trail Fund.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:  Local folk band, Newton & Co will entertain mountain bikers on Sunday 08 September 2019.

EXCITING NEWS:  All entrants will receive an exclusive event t-shirt (Fedhealth MTB Challenge Kids Event included) while medals will be awarded to all finishers!

SPONSOR OFFERINGS:  All entrants are invited to visit the Falke Foot Zone once they’ve crossed the finish line for a free Falke leg and foot massage.   The team from EPT Recovery will be on hand offering free massages to all riders, while exciting prizes from Specialized and THULE will be up for grabs.

For more information visit www.stillwatersports.com