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Mountain Bike Races

Mountain bike races in South Africa are very common and one of the best ways to really experience the sport is to enter an MTB race. Competing is good fun and a challenge for all who participate but for some it means real competition and racing for some good MTB race results. These MTB events are almost always out in the country in some beautiful locations with routes that often are only rideable for the event. Staying over and seeing more of South Africa, meeting other riders and generally just hanging out is what makes it all so attractive. These events may be called races but for most they are really just personal challenges and a way to get out and ride.

Every year the race calendar seems to get longer and offer more options to mountain bikers. Not only are the number of events increasing, but the number of different types of events have also increased in the last few years. Traditional club, provincial and national mountain bike cross country race was the cornerstone of racing. Then there were also some classic endurance mountain bike races and marathon events like the Sabie Classic, Rhodes challenge, Giants Castle Challenge and Karoo to Coast. But as more and more people started entering races the classic distances of 60-80km were a bit long for new comers. This led to half marathons in the 30-40km range, making mountain bike racing more accessible to more people. 

But at the same time the longer endurance multi-day mountain biking events have also become very popular. With the inaugural Cape Epic 2004 a multi day stage race covering over 800km in 8 days, a new benchmark was set. Now there are several multi- day mountain bike races around, including the Sabie Experience and the Sani2C. 24hour mtb races have also gained more prominence. They had been around for a while, but recently sponsors and organisers have put together a 24 hour mtb series that takes place around the country. Night riding and racing is another new area which has become popular. With the use of special bright night lights, mountain biking at night has brought another whole dimension to riding your everyday trail.

The more extreme types of riding like trails riding, freeriding and downhill mountain biking are gaining popularity in South Africa. Traditional downhill racing has gained more publicity through the achievements of South African and World Champion racer Greg Minaar and more recently Andrew Neetling. 

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MTB Race Reviews

Sani2C Race Review 2009
Argus MTB Challenge - Boschendal 2008
Herald MTB Race - Addo 2008
Lourensford 2007

Karoo to Coast 2007
Trans Baviaans 24hr MTB 2007

Stellenbosch MTB Challenge 2007
Knysna MTB Challenge 2007
Imvelo MTB Classic 2007

Magalies Monster 2007
Dirty Harry 2007
Big Induna 2006
Forest to Falls 2006
Sabie Subaru Classic 2006 
Haenertsburg Magoebaskloof 2006 
Crater Cruise 2005 

MTB Race Results and Entries

Mountain Bike races and results for MTN national series marathon and cross country mountain bike series races.
Race entries and results for a series of mountain bike races in Gauteng with a mix of fast gravel roads, technical single track, rocky descents, water crossings, and spectacular ridgeline views.
Entries and results for mountain bike races nationally

Race Organisers Admin Group is an event administration system. ROAG's primary objective is to simplify and streamline the administration of minority sport events in South Africa. ROAG provides both sports people and events with a unified admin portal.

Cycle Lab Races
Online entries and results for cycle races

Champion Chip
ChampionChip offers the most professional results service in South Africa and has the power to more than satify athletes' natural hunger for results.

The other timing chip company handling many of the major events

A dedicated race calender site with many events including mtb races.

Mountain Bike Races - Classic challenges

Sabie Classic 
One of the most challenging and oldest mountain bike events in South Africa. Staged as early as 1999 this event takes place in Sabie Mpumalanga.

Ride Crater Cruise
Home of Ride magazine’s annual Crater Cruise™, a mountain bike ride through the largest meteorite impact crater in the world - the newly proclaimed world heritage site, the Vredefort Dome, Free State, South Africa.

Karkloof Classic Mountain Bike Marathon
One of the must-do events on the calendar. This event attracts over 1,500 riders every year. Come and enjoy this event in the beautiful Karkloof area, Karkloof Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal. 

Vigne a Vigne
The Vigne à Vigne is an annual one day mountain bike race that coincides with the final leg of the legendary Epic. Just like the last day of the 8-stage Epic it leads riders from vineyard to vineyard through the beautiful Winelands of the Western Cape.

Hill to Hill MTB Marathon
Billed the Hill2Hill this Kwa Zulu Natal race takes place in September and starts in Hilton near Pietermaritzburg and finishes at the Songweni Polo Grounds in Hillcrest Durban. This is a tough event with a great course by all accounts

Stellenbosch MTB Challenge
Stellenbosch Mountain Bike Challenge is held in conjuction with the wine festival in August. The route traverses several local mountains and is not for the faint hearted as it circles Stellenbosch with some amazing views and routes through the vinyards.
Stellenbosch MTB challenge 2007 review

Induna MTB Classic
The Big Induna Mountain Bike Race in Hazyview Mpumalanga is an opportunity to ride in a unique and spectacular environment. The race includes hand cut trails snaking through indigenous forest, a mix of short sharp climbs, rock shelves, rooty drops and fast bermed switchbacks, throw into this a few shallow water crossings and even some single tracks beaten flat by hippos and you will not regret taking up the challenge!

Giants Castle Mountain Bike Challenge
In April 2006 we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the greatest mountain biking event in South Africa!  The one and only 75km test of endurance in the Giant's Castle Game Reserve in Kwa Zulu Natal. The Challenge takes place in one of the most beautiful parts of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park; part of a spectacular World Heritage Site.

Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge
Uniondale to Knysna via the Prince Alfred's Pass 100 km offroad Race - Not for the faint-hearted
Karoo to Coast 2007 Review

Trans Baviaans - Mountain Bike Challenge
A team race over the distance of 230 km from Willowmore to Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, must be completed in 24 hours to qualify for a medal & certificate.
Trans Baviaans 2007 Review

Knysna Pick 'n Pay Rotary  MTB Challenge
The Mountain Bike Challenge has been the biggest in South Africa since 1997 and includes outstanding cycling routes through the Knysna Forest.

Akkedis Soutpansberg Mountain Bike Challenge 
This is a new mountain bike race that takes place through previously restricted areas on the Western side of the majestic Soutpansberg Mountains, an area rich in pioneer history and archaeological interest. The venue is the Schoemansdal Environmental Education Centre with three race options - a 70km, 35km and a 10km fun ride.

Asishove Mountain Bike Events
The organisers of the popular Amashovashova have introduced two mountain bike races the day before the big Amashova road race. They will be held at the all new Giba Gorge mountain bike park park just outside Shongweni.

Magoebaskloof Mountain Bike Classic
Starting and finishing at the Magoebaskloof Hotel the 75km route takes riders along logging roads, fire breaks, jeep tracks, single track and a bit of portage. Spectacular down hills and an awesome 23km climb up to the highest point at 1735m. Great scenery and venue and takes place in November.

Mountain Bike Stage Race

The Cape Epic - The Magical + Untamed African MTB Race
The CAPE EPIC is the largest full-service mountain bike stage race in the world. Starting in Knysna riders will have to ride more than 900 grueling kilometres and climb some 16000 vertical metres during their adventurous eight-day journey which will end Spier Wine Estate near Cape Town.

Imana Wild Ride - Imana Wild Coast Mountain Bike Challenge
A 4 day adventure taking you, your partner and MTBs along 200+ km of arguably one of the most spectacular and beautiful coastlines in the world, namely the Transkei Wild Coast from Kei River Mouth to Port St Johns.

Sani2c is a three day mountain bike event to be held off road between the mountains of Sani Pass and beaches of Scottburgh in Southern KZN.
Sani2C Race Review 2009

Freedom Challenge
Mountain biking 2200 kms across South Africa

KKKCycle Tour
An 8 day mountain bike tour/race from Knysna into the Klein Karoo via Prince Albert, Oudtshoorn, Uniondale, De Rust and then Uniondale to Knysna on the Karoo to Coast Race.


The Sabie Experience
Four days of picturesque riding in the challenging and beautiful Sabie area lie ahead for mountain bikers wishing to test their endurance and pit themselves against a new challenge.

Tour de Tuli
These cycle tours provide cyclists with an incredible opportunity to ride through amazing wild areas and scenic National Parks while at the same time raising funds for – Children in the Wilderness, a rural children's environmental and life skills programme. These tours visit Tuli, Kruger and Zambesi.

Tour d'Afrique - Cairo to Cape Town mountain bike race in 100 days
An 11,900-kilometer (7,438-mile) bicycle race/expedition across the world's most exotic and alluring continent.

Rhodes Extreme
The Rhodes Extreme (formerly the Rhodes Challenge) is a extreme multiday high-altitude team MTB stage race based on a ‘clover leaf’ out of Rhodes Village in the Eastern Cape Drakensberg Highlands.

New Mountain Bike Stage Races 2009
Wines to Whales
Cape Pioneer Trek
3 Towers

MTB Festivals & Other Events

Crater Cruise
The Crater Cruise started as just a 100km race on dirt roads but has turned into a full weekend of activities. It now includes a bike expo, kids rides, fun events, a half marathon as well as a decent 100km marathon mtb race.

Eselfontein Mountain Bike Festival 
The Ceres MTB Festival has become a must do on every serious mountain biker's calendar.  Even though an array of disciplines and distances cater for all levels of riders, the true magic of the Eselfontein Experience lies in the, variety and quality of single-track incorporated in the event.


Dirtopia is a mountain bike event and trail construction company, focusing its activities in the Western Cape region of South Africa. They are well known for organising the long running Dirtopia mountain bike festival, the Argus MTB challenge, 24h mountain bike races and other mountain biking events.

Greytown MTB Festival
The Greytown Mountain Bike Festival held in May organised by Greytown Mountain Bike Club celebrated its 11th annual event in 2007. There is something for everyone with, adventure race, downhill, night race, classic, intermediate, fun rides, Playgrounds and Stalls. The also hosted on of the Dirty Double Series.


Pro Racers and MTB Race Team Websites 

Greg Minnaar Racing
South Africa's world champion downhill racing legend, UCI ranked no. 1 in 2006 and all round nice guy Greg Minnaar.

Andrew Neethling
After dominating the local downhill scence Andrew is now busy making a name for himself on the international downhill race circuits.
The official website of 2004 and 2005 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Champion Christoph Sauser

Roel Paulissen
Top ranked UCI rider and Cape Epic Winner

Gunn Rita Dahle
Womans mountain bike racing champion

Ned Overend's Official Home Page
One of the mountain bike pioneers that still features prominently on US racing schedules.

Burry Stander
Follow Burry Stander during his overseas campaign with the GR racing team. Burry will update the site on a regular basis with results and news.
Burrys i-am-specialized blog
Burry Stander Interview

Mr African - Manie Heymans
Manie Heymans the Nambian mountain biker who has made a name for himself in Europe as well as dominating many of the local south African races.

XLB Racing
Roan Exelby's racing blog.

Phillip Buys
Phil is an African continental champ and Olympian. He runs a cool blog with regular updates of this travels on the World Cup XCO circuit.

Candice Neethling
South African junior pro riding on the international circuit and 2012 Olympian

Major Cycling Races 

Argus Cycle Tour
The biggest road race in Cape Town South Africa is a must do even for mountain bikers.

The biggest road race in Kwa-Zulu Natal and one of the biggest cycle events in South Africa

The 94.7 Cycle Challenge
The second biggest road race in South Africa. Get the freedom of the streets in Johannesburg, its a great opportunity to ride the freeways on your bike.

International Mountain Bike Races 

MTB Marathon Series
Mountain bike marathons in the UK. This website will provides regular updates, useful tips on diet, training and technical questions, information about the various events of the 2006 series and the chance to enter the events via the entry form page.

Multistage mountain bike race across the Alps

TransRockies Challenge
In its short existence, the TransRockies Challenge has quickly earned the reputation as being the wildest and most rugged of the epic multi-day mountain bike races.


Crocodile Trophy
The worlds longest and hardest MTB adventure for professionals and amateurs takes place in the Australian outback, rainforests and mountainous areas. Is a 13 stage 1400km race..

La Ruta de los Conquistadores Costa Rica
A 3 day hard-core mountain bike race in Costa Rica covering the same gruelling terrain that original Spanish conquistadores endured during the first expedition ever to cross the continent from coast to coast. 

BC Bike Race
The BC bike race is claimed to be the ultimate singletrack experience. The race is a mountain bike stage race that runs from Vancouver to Whistler in British Columbia Canada.


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