If you’re one that likes to plan ahead, then block off Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September on your calendar. If you’re not one that plans that far ahead, block it off anyway, you’ll thank us later… What’s up on 16 and 17 September? It’s the third annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge, the Western Cape’s favourite mountain bike weekend festival.
But know this: The venue has changed. This year the Fedhealth MTB Challenge will be hosted at Boschendal in the Franschhoek Valley. It’s 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 huge Boschendal property and in the neighbouring Banhoek Conservancy.
But that’s all that will change. You can still expect a classy, high-quality experience as the event is organised by Stillwater Sports, one of the most respected mountain bike event companies in the country.
Once again, the Fedhealth MTB Challenge will offer a range of events to cater for all ages and fitness levels. There are kiddies events over 500 metres (0-5 years), 1.5km (6-9 years) and 5km (10-13 years), a 15km Fun Race, 28km Half-marathon and 60km Marathon. 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. You can book a picnic in advance to secure you post-ride spot under the generous shade of the magnificent Boschendal trees.
The first 1000 entrants will receive a complimentary commemorative event t-shirt and all entrants in the 15km, 28km and 60km events will get a goodie bag. There’s 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: Fedhealth MTB Challenge