Let’s play dirty

Entries for the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge 2018 open today. Previously held over two days, the 2018 event merges into one day of dirt and adrenaline highs on the challenging trails designed by Dirtopia’s Meurant Botha.

Entries for the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge 2018 open today. Previously held over two days, the 2018 event merges into one day of dirt and adrenaline highs on the challenging trails designed by Dirtopia’s Meurant Botha.

On Saturday, 3 March 2018, the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge, previously held over two days, merges into one day of dirt and adrenaline highs on the challenging trails designed by Dirtopia’s Meurant Botha.

Now in its 17th year, the popular event will once again offer something for all keen mountain bikers. “Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a racing snake, you’ll love the new routes,” says David Bellairs, Marketing, Media and Sponsorship Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, organisers of the event. “Meurant has included more single-track stretches for next year’s challenge and of course the scenery is spectacular.”

The 20km route is perfect for those looking for an enjoyable ride with family and friends. The ride starts out fast and flowing on wide farm roads and jeep tracks, with the first single-track section at the 8km mark. From here, riders enter the vineyards of the southern Klapmutskop with several fun single-tracks and descents to follow.

The 40km heads up to Delvera, where riders will cross over to the Simonsberg section where some demanding mountain biking awaits. The climbs can be pretty intense and this route is certainly geared towards the more experienced riders.

“The Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge 60km route is a proper test with extended single-track runs and big climbs,” says Bellairs. “We have increased the distance from last year’s 55km to make sure that this medal is one that is well-deserved.”

At Muratie Estate, the 60km riders will veer off to take on the trails at Quoin Rock, Knorhoek and Delheim Estates before heading back to Uitkyk where they will rejoin the 40km route to the finish.
“The fields for each distance are limited,” warns Bellairs. “So be ready to secure your entry from 1pm today (12 October), when entries open. The entry process is hosted on the Cycle Tour website: www.capetowncycletour.com.”

Please see below entry fees and other details for each distance:

Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge 2018

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.