Anticipation is building for the Western Cape’s favourite mountain biking festival, the fourth Fedhealth MTB Challenge, which takes place at Boschendal on 15 and 16 September. In just three years, the two-day event has become the official welcome to spring as hundreds of mountain bikers accept the various challenges on offer.
After a highly successful venue change to Boschendal in 2017, the 2018 edition of the Fedhealth MTB Challenge will once again take place at the historic Franschhoek venue, fast becoming a South African mountain biking hotspot. The race village will move to The Retreat at Boschendal, but the routes will still traverse the same world-class trails.
Boschendal is not only one of the most scenic venues to ride a mountain bike, it’s also one of the most stimulating, with an established network of high quality trails both on the expansive Boschendal property and in the neighbouring Banhoek Conservancy.
Once again, the Fedhealth MTB Challenge will offer a range of events to cater for all ages and fitness levels. There are kiddie’s events over 500 metres (0-5 years), 1.5km (6-9 years) and 5km (10-13 years), a 15km Fun Race (300m ascent), 28km Half-marathon (800m ascent) and 60km Marathon (1 900m ascent). These take place over two days to ensure that all family members can enjoy the event, both on the bike and off it.
Boschendal’s culinary reputation is unmatched, so expect to enjoy access to fine wine, cold craft beer and sumptuous foods. Boschendal is famous for its picnics, which you can book in advance to secure your post-ride spot under the generous shade of the magnificent Boschendal trees.
All entrants in the 15km, 28km and 60km events will receive a goodie bag, including a branded Fedhealth gift. All finishers in all events receive a commemorative medal. There’s a free post-event massage for all entrants and a Fedhealth Kids Zone with child minders to ensure parents get time to enjoy the riding. Fedhealth members get a free event entry and access to the Fedhealth VIP Zone.
To enter, or for more information, head to http://www.stillwatersports.com/event/fedhealth-mtb-challenge/