Tenth MTB Challenge in Stellenbosch on a Sunday and at a new finish venue

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Die Burger MTB Challenge will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year in Stellenbosch and will once again have more than 4500 riders taking part. The event will take place on Sunday 2 August and start from Eikestad Primary School, but will finish at the Van Der Stel Sportsgrounds.

One of South Africa’s largest one-day mountain bike events, it is renowned for its challenging and picturesque Wineland routes and will once again be held in association with the Simonsberg Conservancy with six scenic mountain bike routes to cater for all levels of riding.

For the second year riders will have the option to participate in the 50km route which leads to the south-eastern part of this scenic Boland town.  This route will be an extension of the popular 30km route and although it is only 8km longer than the 42km it is a much easier route! Riders should not be fooled by the distances.

Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, who has been designing and maintaining mountain bike trails for over fifteen years says that the routes will pass through more than 50 farms in the area, giving riders the opportunity to tackle some of the best and most beautiful trails in the country. At the finish line there will be kid’s entertainment, food & drink, medals to all finishers and make sure you stay for prize giving & the lucky draw where a bike can be won!

DATE: Sunday 2 August 2015
VENUE: Stellenbosch: start @ Eikestad Primary school and finish at van der Stel Sportgrounds
TIME: First start at 08h05, last at 10h20 (provisional)

DISTANCES:
•    15km funride for children & novices.
•    30km funride for beginner riders
•    50km funride for intermediate

•    42km challenge for intermediate riders, but fitter riders
•    60km challenge for advanced riders
•    75km invitation race for top riders

Some Stellenbosch guesthouses and restaurants have special rates for riders that would like to spend the weekend in this well known winelands town.

Die Burger is also celebrating 100 years of the paper with a big drive to contribute to Die Kersfonds charity with the MTB Challenge entries this year. Late entries will only be available for these special charity 15km & 30km groups at registration on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. No registration on raceday. Entries for all the long distances closed on Tuesday, 21 July.

For further information email  info@dirtopia.co.za or call Dirtopia Trail Centre on 021 884 4752 or check out the website http://www.dieburgermtbchallenge.co.za/

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