MTB Challenge

It all begins with some mountain bike racing; Saturday, 3 March sees the Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week kick off in a cloud of dust. In sixteen years, the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge has become the most desirable one-day event on the South African calendar. And for good reason. With 20km, 40km and 60km routes from Meurant Botha, the legendary Stellenbosch course designer, and the 40-year organisational experience of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, it offers top mountain biking for newbies and world champions alike, as well as the opportunity to earn kudos (and a special medal) for backing up the 60km ride here with the Cycle Tour the following weekend. The three route options, which offer easy, intermediate and technical trail conditions as they get longer, and are a perfect introduction to the rough stuff for all. Entries are limited, so don’t dither.


To avoid any confusion, the Race Village for the 2018 MTB Challenge is the last year’s start venue and is next to Le Bonheur.

MTB Challenge Rider Brief

Make sure you are 100% race day ready with our Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge Rider Brief.

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Race Pack and Number Collection

There will be two opportunities to collect your numbers and race packs: Thursday 1 March, between 10am and 6pm at Rondebosch Golf Club, and Friday 2 March, between 12pm and 7pm at Delvera Hall, outside Stellenbosch.

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Preparing For The MTB Challenge

Off-road cycling needn’t be scary, if you follow our advice.

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MTB Race Day

Where to go, what to do and what to bring on race day.

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Post-Race Information

The MTB Challenge has been conquered! Time for a deserved rest, a celebration and some serious story-swapping at the finish.

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Latest News Posts

The Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge events welcome over 3 000 off-road riders to the Simonsberg Conservancy to enjoy the best biking the world-famous Winelands can offer.

Round Up: 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge

(Stellenbosch) Sam Gaze (Specialized) out-sprinted defending champion Howard Grotts (Specialized) and Mathieu van der Poel(Corendon–Circus) to win the Cape Town

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What to expect at the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge 2018

(Cape Town) In keeping with tradition, the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s Lifecycle Week kicks off with the Mountain Bike (MTB)

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