MTB routes sure to impress at Fedhealth MTB Challenge

Fedhealth MTB Challenge
Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg

Mountain bikers taking part in the 4th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge at the picturesque Boschendal Wine Estate (The Retreat) on 15 -16 September 2018 can look forward to a MTB experience like no other.

The action will kick off with the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events on the Saturday, 15 September 2018.

“The source of much excitement, the Kids Race is a definite calendar highlight,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “The events cater for junior MTB enthusiasts between 0 – 13 years of age. Entrants can choose between a 500m, 1.5km and 5km adventure. At times it’s difficult to tell who is enjoying the event more, the children or the parents. With short, fun routes, the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events are the perfect introduction to the sport of mountain biking.”

The MTB action continues on Sunday, 16 September when the more senior mountain bikers can choose between a +-15km, +-30km or +-60km route.

According to Pieter du Plessis, Fedhealth MTB Challenge Race Director, the 15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge is perfect for parents who would like to enjoy a MTB experience with their children.

“This route is easy, fast and will feature vineyard roads and single track. There will be one water point at approximately the 10km mark. Riders can look forward to experiencing exclusive routes on the Boschendal Farm Estate.”

The +-30km Fedhealth MTB Challenge features a nice combination of vineyard and gravel road. “There will be two water points, one at the 12km mark and one at the 22km mark,” says Du Plessis. “This year our objective was to avoid tough climbs. Although there will be a few climbs, they are all rideable. Running in an anti-clockwise direction through Banhoek, riders will start towards Simonsberg, go through the culvert to Kylemore before turning back into the Banhoek Conservancy. Riders can look forward to experiencing routes that are usually not accessible to the public. Whether a beginner or advance rider, you are sure to enjoy this event.”

“If you like a lot of single track, the +-60km Fedhealth MTB Challenge is ideal for you,” continues Du Plessis. “This event features pristine single track, general vineyard roads and open farmland. The four water points will be located at the 20km, 30km, 46km and 52km mark. This year we focussed on creating an enjoyable route that featured as much single track as possible. Expect beautiful trails with challenging climbs.”

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