Spier Wine Estate – new venue for Stellenbosch MTB Challenge 2018

Stellenbosch MTB Challenge
Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock

The 13th edition of the Stellenbosch MTB Challenge on 29 July 2018, takes a break from the annual 6 route format and focuses on fun and family with 2 route options launching from the new venue at the Spier Wine Estate!

As one of the premier venues in South Africa, Spier Wine Estate needs no introduction and has loads on offer for riders and spectators alike with wonderful food, wine, and beautiful scenery to wow the senses. The two routes chosen for this year’s challenge compliments the venue and offering perfectly. To add to the fun, a new trail run will be hosted on Saturday, 28 July to create the perfect winelands outdoor weekend.

Entries are open for the mountain bike event with a 22km and a 50km distance. As there are fewer distance options, entries will be limited to 2000 riders, to give outdoor enthusiasts the ultimate experience. The picturesque routes will cater for beginners and intermediate riders in keeping with this year’s theme of having fun outside with friends and family.

Well-known route designer, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, was involved in mountain bike routes and events at Spier since the late nineties and knows the area well.  “This year we’ll focus on the fun take for mountain bikers and even beginners and the younger crowd can enjoy this stunning area of Stellenbosch. The Spier venue and route offerings are sure to be very popular and we’re sure that it has the potential to grow into a stand-alone weekend. ” says Botha.

Riders can expect well stocked refreshment stations, technical support on route and of course all finishers get a special commemorative medal. At the finish carnival there will be kids entertainment, food and drink, and a lucky draw with loads of prizes, including a Giant Bicycles mountain bike, to be won!

Stellenbosch MTB Challenge is a Cycling South Africa (CSA) sanctioned event and CSA membership is required to start in the first starting group per distance.

For more information visit www.stellenboschmtbchallenge.co.za

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