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Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge 1 - Ewald Sadie_preview

Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge. Photo Credit: Ewald Sadie

The Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge takes place on Saturday, 3 March 2018. Use your last few training weekends wisely by exploring some of SANParks best MTB trails, and start the MTB Challenge strong and skilled.

SANParks has been investing heavily in trail access and maintenance in recent years, and now offer some of the most beautiful riding in the country. The more we use the trails on offer, the easier it is to lobby for more… thankfully, this is not a difficult task: try some of the following spots, and you will not want to go home.

The jewel in the crown has always been the fabulous Harkerville Red Route, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 22 kilometers long, the bulk of the route is ridden under a forest canopy, with a dramatic pop out onto a cliff path followed by some long climbs and exhilarating descents before you return to the start, and the temptation to go again.

Harkerville has been on the trail map for 25 years, but our next Park ride is just a year old: the traverse from Newlands Forest to Constantia Nek, in Cape Town, crosses Kirstenbosch and offers a knee-popping number of meters-gained-per-kilometre. Don’t be deceived by the relatively short distance, a there-and-back ride is proper, but do ride it if you are in Cape Town; the views across the Peninsula are usually reserved for the multi-million-rand houses you ride above.

Feeling a bit braver? How about a ride in the Kruger National Park? The mountain biking routes from the Olifants Rest Camp are guided, front and rear, by armed rangers so beasties won’t bother you too much. This will not be ideal training for a big event, more a tourist trip, but an experience that is unrivalled as you hear, smell, see and feel real Africa.

The other SANParks properties that offer mountain bike trails are Augrabies Falls National Park, Bontebok National Park, more of the Table Mountain National Park and the West Coast National Park. For more information about SANParks and its MTB trails, visit https://www.sanparks.org/tourism/activities/mountain_biking.php.

Entries for the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge are open and available here:

https://www.capetowncycletour.com/lifecycle-week/mtb-challenge/entries/

Distance   Vertical Ascent Entry Fee   Start Time Age
20km   430m R185 (non PPA)

R165 (PPA)

  08h30 8 years & older
40km   960m R265 (non PPA)

R245 (PPA)

  07h50 15 years & older
60km   1350m R320 (non PPA)

R300 (PPA)

  07h00 15 years & older

Keep informed of developments of the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge by liking their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cycletour or by following them on Twitter or Instagram: @ctcyletour. For more information on the 2018 event, visit www.capetowncycletour.com.