New MTB two-day stage race open to everyone

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The inaugural Varsity MTB Challenge takes place in Franschhoek, Western Cape on 1-2 October 2016. What makes the Varsity MTB Challenge unique is that it brings together alumni, current students and general public in a two-day stage race with a unique university twist.

Riders will have the option of racing in three divisions while representing their alma mater or any South African university of their choice. The three divisions include general public, alumni and students. Riders will be required to enter into teams of two while nominating their university of choice. Each individual rider’s performance counts towards his or her university’s overall standing. The university with the most points wins the Varsity MTB Challenge.

“There is a lot more than just the thrill of watching riders going at each other over 100km for two days,” says Trent Key of Advent Sport Entertainment and Media (ASEM), organisers of Varsity MTB Challenge. “While riders battle it out for their alma mater, supporters will be entertained at the university-styled race village. Get ready for an intervarsity-style atmosphere and to reconnect with old friends and rivals. We’re preparing a beer garden, live entertainment, varsity cheerleaders and a couple of surprises which will certainly take everyone back to their varsity days.”

Entries are now open for the first Varsity MTB Challenge. Included in the entry fee is:

  • University-specific bike numbers and a race goodie bag.
  • Welcome dinner on the Friday evening with music and live entertainment.
  • Lunch on Saturday with music and live entertainment.
  • Lunch and prize-giving on Sunday.
  • A Varsity MTB Challenge race jersey worth R800.
  • Bike wash each day.

A simple entry process is available on the Varsity MTB Challenge website at An early-bird discount is available for the first 50 alumni and general public teams to enter. Entry fee thus:

  • Alumni and general public – R4 000 per team of two
  • Students – R2 520 per team of two

FNB and RMB Private Bank cardholders will receive an additional 10% discount. Terms and Conditions apply*.

Regular entry fees:

  • Alumni and general public – R5 000 per team of two
  • Students – R2 520 per team of two

For more Varsity MTB Challenge information:


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