A firm favourite on any mountain biker’s bucket list of places to ride in South Africa will surely be the forestry haven of Grabouw in the Western Cape. With endless top-notch trails through forestry plantations and gravel roads, the area is synonymous with major mountain biking events. Oak Valley will be the venue for the third round of the Nissan TrailSeeker Mountain Bike Series and will also play host to the 2018 South African Mountain Bike Marathon Championships on Saturday 14 July.
With panoramic views of vineyards surrounded by majestic mountains on the foot of Groenlandberg, the Oak Valley routes have provided many a challenge from the Wines to Whales and the Cape Epic and need no further introduction.
While the MTB Marathon Champs will attract South Africa’s dedicated endurance athletes, the event is guaranteed to be family-friendly and caters for all levels of skill and fitness. To meet the expectations of our top riders and to crown a worthy Marathon Champion, the longer routes in the UCI categories will be challenging to say the least.
Elite Men and Women will be required to compete over the 87-kilometre Ultra Marathon distance, while Marathon competitors will race along a 70km distance. The Half Marathon is 40km, and there will be a fun race (20km) and Fun Ride (10km) to encompass a wide variety of riding skills and fitness. The MTB Marathon Championships will crown National Champions in the age categories from Youth and upwards i.e.: there will be no Championships awarded to the age categories younger than Youth.
For spectators and supporters of the Elite Championships, the route offers ample spectator points and feed zones.
2018 SA MTB Marathon Championships categories and distances:
87km Elite Ultra Marathon
Elite Men 19+ (UCI Category)
Elite Women 19+ (UCI Category)
Sub Vet Women (30-39)
Sub Vet Men (30-39)
Vet Women (40-49)
Vet Men (40-49)
Master Men (50-59)
40km Half Marathon
Junior Men (17-18 yrs) (UCI Category)
Junior Women (17-18 yrs) (UCI Category)
Youth Men (15-16 yrs)
Youth Women (15-16 yrs)
Master Women (50-59)
Grand Master Women (60+)
Grand Master Men (60+)
Online entries for the 2018 SA MTB Marathon Championships – which doubles up as the third round of the Nissan TrailSeeker MTB Series Grabouw – are open. Click here to enter: Grabouw – SA Champs
For more information, detailed route descriptions, maps and profiles, visit: Nissan TrailSeeker Mountain Bike Series #3 Grabouw – SA Champs
Source: Cycling South Africa