A chilly winter morning turned into a warm and sunny day for the 10th annual Die Burger MTB Challenge on Sunday 2 August. With more than 4600 entries, Stellenbosch was buzzing with mountain bikers. There were six distances to choose from and ages of entrants varied from 5 years to 74 years!
T he event started from Eikestad Primary School, and Van Der Stel Sportsgrounds was the new finish venue that provided more space for stalls and a Spur children area. One of South Africa’s largest one-day mountain bike events, this event is renowned for its challenging and picturesque Wineland routes. Only 43 patients were seen by the Mediclinic team and most of these were fairly minor complaints.
The 75km race was won by Waylon Woolcock and Ariane Kleinhans, while Matthew Lombardi & Jeanie de Villiers took the 60km. Top male in the 50km was James Durr and Famke Allen in the ladies. Youngsters Robert Hobson and Alison Morton took top honours for a more technical 42km course. Riaan van der Westhuizen was fast on the 30km with Carla Hollander winning the female category. The kids enjoyed the 15km funride with Luka Ruwiel in first and Anna Marks winning the girls.
The day was affected by a bike robbery on the 50km route and the organisers have released a statement regarding this issue. Overall the event was a big success. For full results, go to the event website http://www.dieburgermtbchallenge.co.za/
Die Burger is also celebrating 100 years of the paper and raised some for Die Kersfonds charity through the MTB Challenge entries.