The 3rd annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge will boast a route experience like no other at the picturesque Boschendal Wine Estate on Sunday, 17 September 2017.
“Boschendal is the ideal venue for an exciting weekend of mountain biking,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “Saturday is dedicated to the junior mountain bikers, with the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events catering for ages 0 – 13 and featuring a 500m, 1.5km and 5km event. On Sunday the more serious mountain bikers will be able to test their mountain biking prowess by either taking on a Marathon (+- 60km), a Half Marathon (+- 28km) or a Fun Race (+-15km). Although the distances vary, each event will feature spectacular trails and magnificent views.”
EVENT INFORMATION: Saturday, 16 September 2017 / Fedhealth Kids MTB Events
|Event:||· 500m / 0 – 5 years of age / 11:00
· 1.5km / 6 – 9 years of age / 11:15
· 5km / 10 – 13 years of age / 11:30
Junior MTB enthusiasts are also invited to ‘test their balance’ with YBIKE on Saturday from 09:00 – 14:00 and on Sunday from 08:00 – 14:00. YBIKE will have a fun and challenging Balance Bike Obstacle Course designed to replicate what you would find out on the MTB trails.
EVENT INFORMATION: Sunday, 17 September 2017 / Fedhealth MTB Challenge
Event: Marathon (+- 60km)
Start Time: 08:00
Entry Fee: R350 per rider (excludes CSA License)
Terrain: Starting off with Jeep Track the route heads towards Simonsberg and includes the excellent single tracks on offer at Boschendal before crossing over into the Banhoek Valley. This includes a fair bit of climbing, but the trails are an awesome reward. After the long and short routes split, the long route will feature more climbing in the direction of Helshoogte. This time the reward will include trails like Skyfall, NikNaks and some new sections.
According to Race Director, Hendrico Burger, a variety of trails and magnificent scenery are highlights of the Marathon. “The trails aren’t too technical however mountain bikers taking on the 60km route will need to have some trail riding experience. If you have not trained during the winter months, opt for the Half Marathon (28km) instead. Bring your climbing legs and enjoy some of the best trails on offer in the region.”
Event: Half Marathon (+- 28km)
Start Time: 08:30
Entry Fee: R250 per rider (excludes CSA License)
Terrain: Relatively flat dual tracks to warm up the legs before the climb to the single tracks.
“The Half Marathon will feature amazing single tracks and spectacular views,” says Burger. “This route is suited to mountain bikers that possess a reasonable level of fitness. Although not too technical, this should not be your maiden MTB ride. I advise that you start easy. Enjoy the scenery, concentrate on the single tracks, be courteous to other riders, but most of all enjoy the route.”
Event: Fun Race (15km)
Start Time: 09:00
Entry Fee: R150 per rider
Terrain: Relatively flat, featuring a combination of dual tracks and some fun trails
“The Fun Race will also treat riders to a variety of trails and amazing views,” assures Burger. “This route is ideal for all levels of riders. Be sure to ride within your limit and remember the 15km is a fun event.”
The 2017 Fedhealth MTB Challenge is sanctioned by Cycling SA.
EXCITING NEWS: Fedhealth members can enter free of charge – simply by typing in their membership number when entering online! Fedhealth members will also have access to the Fedhealth VIP Zone where complimentary drinks and snacks will be on offer.
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