Events

Oct
25
Fri
2019
Wines2Whales Chardonnay @ Lourensford Wine Estate
Oct 25 @ 7:00 am – Oct 27 @ 7:00 am

Stage 1: 69km & 1 650m
Lourensford Wine Estate to Oak Valley Wine Estate

The elegant Lourensford Wine Estate marks the start of your three-day journey to Hermanus. The climbing starts almost immediately with a long and fairly steep gravel drag taking you up to the saddle, where you can enjoy spectacular views of Stellenbosch and Cape Town. From the saddle there’s a long and steep downhill so please take heed – it’s very fast with tight, blind corners and water humps. While you’re still on the Lourensford estate you’ll get to experience two new trails – Old Pine and JK’s Contour – and veterans of the W2W might notice that some trails from earlier years have been reintroduced, including Schoeman’s, Witboom and Canarie. Water Point 1 arrives at the 18km mark before the notoriously steep Vergelegen climb makes an appearance. It’s the toughest climb in the race but it’s not very long and the reward is a relatively easy passage to Water Point 2 (38km) at Idiom Vineyards, a superb spectator point. The iconic challenge of the day comes in the form of the historic Gantouw Pass – an old ox wagon trail and compulsory portage section where you can still see the grooves worn in the rocks by the Voortrekkers’ wagon wheels. The reward on the other side is some of the best singletrack in the country – the fabled A2Z network of Grabouw, which has been extensively rebuilt for this year’s event. A change from previous years sees Water Point 3 move to Grabouw Country Club,via the new Willie’s trail,  which now doubles up as a second spectator point and an excellent place to watch the racing or greet your favourite riders. The last 10km to the finish in Oak Valley offers a mix of singletracks and open vineyard roads. If you listen closely before you get to Oak Valley you’ll hear the race commentators welcoming riders home for a well-earned meal and recovery drink.

Stage 2: 66km & 1 350km
Oak Valley Wine Estate to Oak Valley Wine Estate
Dubbed ‘Play Day’, Stage 2 is one of the FNB Wines2Whales’s many drawcards, with sublime singletrack, manicured berms and mind-blowing descents. From the gun, riders will face a steep but short climb that will sort out positioning before entering the singletracks. The first 25km is fast and flowing with regular ups and downs. Riders will access Oak Valley via the signature contour experience – famous for its waterfall and gravity-defying cliff-face singletrack (JK’s Edge). Don’t look down! The real fun begins when you enter Paul Cluver via the new Rietvlei Roller and then on to the Witklippies contour trail, which culminates at the Amphitheatre with Water Point 2 (35km). From here the fun intensifies as the feature-laden rollercoasters of Raka, Swing, Ark, Cobra, Mamba, Boomslang, Pofadder, Jakkels and Pine Singles send your heart rate into overdrive. The infamous Red Climb towards Lebanon village has been replaced by the new Trunk Trail singletrack along with the new flowing Huppeland will take you to Water Point 3 at Thandi next to the Hickory Shack Restaurant. The Thandi switchbacks which appear just after Water Point 3 at the 52km mark are the proverbial last sting in the tail before the thrilling, purpose-built KROMCO-PERI Play Park – redesigned this year to commemorate the 10th anniversary. From there it’s a 10km dash to the finish.

Stage 3: 72km & 1 250m
Oak Valley Wine Estate to the Marine Hotel, Hermanus

The third and final day of the FNB Wines2Whales is a challenging affair – especially with nearly 150km of riding and 3000m of climbing in the legs. Don’t be fooled by the route profile and make sure not to get sucked into racing dynamics early on – most of the climbing comes in the last 30km so save something for the end. The trickiest section of this stage is the Kat Pas descent just after the Houw Hoek trails. Caution is advised as this is a particularly fast downhill with a rocky, loose and sometimes quite rutted surface. Water Point 1 (24km) is located at the Botrivier School, a highlight for many owing to the incredible support from the local school children and supporters. The next 20km, which takes in a large portion of the Wildekrans trails before rising to Water Point 2 (43km), is arguably the most important section on Stage 3. It’s important that you pace yourself correctly as a nasty series of ups and downs await – the breath-taking Gaf-se-Bos and Hemel en Aarde trails. Here you’ll confront as many climbs as you will descents before the new route home, which includes a climb towards Rotary Way and a trail through the Hermanus Golf Course. The last few kilometres drop you into Hermanus and the magnificent Marine Hotel, where you’ll hopefully be welcomed home by the very whales that inspired the event.

Tickets: https://wines2whales.com/riders/entry-information.

Oct
28
Mon
2019
Wines2Whales Pinotage @ Lourensford Wine Estate
Oct 28 @ 7:00 am – Oct 30 @ 7:00 am

Stage 1: 69km & 1 650m
Lourensford Wine Estate to Oak Valley Wine Estate

The elegant Lourensford Wine Estate marks the start of your three-day journey to Hermanus. The climbing starts almost immediately with a long and fairly steep gravel drag taking you up to the saddle, where you can enjoy spectacular views of Stellenbosch and Cape Town. From the saddle there’s a long and steep downhill so please take heed – it’s very fast with tight, blind corners and water humps. While you’re still on the Lourensford estate you’ll get to experience two new trails – Old Pine and JK’s Contour – and veterans of the W2W might notice that some trails from earlier years have been reintroduced, including Schoeman’s, Witboom and Canarie. Water Point 1 arrives at the 18km mark before the notoriously steep Vergelegen climb makes an appearance. It’s the toughest climb in the race but it’s not very long and the reward is a relatively easy passage to Water Point 2 (38km) at Idiom Vineyards, a superb spectator point. The iconic challenge of the day comes in the form of the historic Gantouw Pass – an old ox wagon trail and compulsory portage section where you can still see the grooves worn in the rocks by the Voortrekkers’ wagon wheels. The reward on the other side is some of the best singletrack in the country – the fabled A2Z network of Grabouw, which has been extensively rebuilt for this year’s event. A change from previous years sees Water Point 3 move to Grabouw Country Club,via the new Willie’s trail,  which now doubles up as a second spectator point and an excellent place to watch the racing or greet your favourite riders. The last 10km to the finish in Oak Valley offers a mix of singletracks and open vineyard roads. If you listen closely before you get to Oak Valley you’ll hear the race commentators welcoming riders home for a well-earned meal and recovery drink.

Stage 2: 66km & 1 350km
Oak Valley Wine Estate to Oak Valley Wine Estate
Dubbed ‘Play Day’, Stage 2 is one of the FNB Wines2Whales’s many drawcards, with sublime singletrack, manicured berms and mind-blowing descents. From the gun, riders will face a steep but short climb that will sort out positioning before entering the singletracks. The first 25km is fast and flowing with regular ups and downs. Riders will access Oak Valley via the signature contour experience – famous for its waterfall and gravity-defying cliff-face singletrack (JK’s Edge). Don’t look down! The real fun begins when you enter Paul Cluver via the new Rietvlei Roller and then on to the Witklippies contour trail, which culminates at the Amphitheatre with Water Point 2 (35km). From here the fun intensifies as the feature-laden rollercoasters of Raka, Swing, Ark, Cobra, Mamba, Boomslang, Pofadder, Jakkels and Pine Singles send your heart rate into overdrive. The infamous Red Climb towards Lebanon village has been replaced by the new Trunk Trail singletrack along with the new flowing Huppeland will take you to Water Point 3 at Thandi next to the Hickory Shack Restaurant. The Thandi switchbacks which appear just after Water Point 3 at the 52km mark are the proverbial last sting in the tail before the thrilling, purpose-built KROMCO-PERI Play Park – redesigned this year to commemorate the 10th anniversary. From there it’s a 10km dash to the finish.

Stage 3: 72km & 1 250m
Oak Valley Wine Estate to the Marine Hotel, Hermanus

The third and final day of the FNB Wines2Whales is a challenging affair – especially with nearly 150km of riding and 3000m of climbing in the legs. Don’t be fooled by the route profile and make sure not to get sucked into racing dynamics early on – most of the climbing comes in the last 30km so save something for the end. The trickiest section of this stage is the Kat Pas descent just after the Houw Hoek trails. Caution is advised as this is a particularly fast downhill with a rocky, loose and sometimes quite rutted surface. Water Point 1 (24km) is located at the Botrivier School, a highlight for many owing to the incredible support from the local school children and supporters. The next 20km, which takes in a large portion of the Wildekrans trails before rising to Water Point 2 (43km), is arguably the most important section on Stage 3. It’s important that you pace yourself correctly as a nasty series of ups and downs await – the breath-taking Gaf-se-Bos and Hemel en Aarde trails. Here you’ll confront as many climbs as you will descents before the new route home, which includes a climb towards Rotary Way and a trail through the Hermanus Golf Course. The last few kilometres drop you into Hermanus and the magnificent Marine Hotel, where you’ll hopefully be welcomed home by the very whales that inspired the event.

Tickets: https://wines2whales.com/riders/route.

Oct
31
Thu
2019
CrankChaos MTB Festival @ Afriski Mountain Resort, Oxbow - Mapholaneng Rd, Lesotho
Oct 31 @ 7:00 am – Nov 3 @ 8:00 am

The Festival will offer a variety of fun and competitive event options including 5 different downhill lines, enduro, downhill eliminator, dual slalom, whipp off, hillclimb and the strava challenge for the more social riders. For those who want to explore and make the most of their time at Afriski, there is a extensive trail network. Add to that the opportunity to test and ride the latest in mountain bike technology, awesome live evening entertainment and the traditional world class Afriski hospitality you can be sure that this is a weekend not to be missed.

The event kicks off on Thursday with Dual Slalom race and end off the weekend with a banger themed after party. With only 300 guaranteed spots available you don’t want to miss out.

 

Date: 31 October – 3 November 2019

Time: 12:00 pm first batch and ends at 12:00 pm on the final day.
Price: R3470 in the backpacker to R4925 in a luxury mountain chalet

Location:  Afriski Mountain Resort, Oxbow – Mapholaneng Rd, Lesotho

Website: https://www.crankchaos.com/
Entries: https://www.crankchaos.com/

Nov
1
Fri
2019
Somkhanda Challenge @ Somkhanda Community Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Nov 1 @ 7:00 am – Nov 3 @ 7:00 am

Distance: Day 1: 48km, Day 2: 42km and Day 3: 28km
Format: Mountain bike
Venue: Somkhanda Community Game Reserve
Province:  KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

ENTER Here

Option One: Tented Camp Accommodation – 30 Riders Only

R5 000 including:

  • Entry Fee (including all Meals): R3 500 (including VAT)
  • Minimum Donation: R1 500 (But the sky’s the limit should you wish to further show your support for the conservation efforts of the Somkhanda Community Game Reserve)

Option Two: Camping Accommodation (Bring your own Tent) – 70 Riders Only

R4 500 including:

  • Entry Fee (including all Meals): R3 000 (including VAT)
  • Minimum Donation: R1 500 (But the sky’s the limit should you wish to further show your support for the conservation efforts of the Somkhanda Community Game Reserve)

SUPPORTER FEES

  • Supporter Fee – Adult (including all Meals): R2 000 (including VAT)
  • Supporter Fee – Scholar (including all Meals): R1 000 (including VAT)

Please note the Somkhanda Challenge is only open to participants aged 18 years old and over.

Gates open at 05:00 am and close at 10:00 pm.

A list of all riders will be at the gate, and you will be required to show some form of identification to ensure that your name is ticked off the list.

Meals

All meals are included in the entry fee. Please indicate if you are vegetarian on the entry form.

Please indicate on your entry form how many supporters (adult and scholar) will be joining you.  All of their meals will be included in their Supporter Entry Fees.

A full bar and refreshments will be catered for by the reserve staff and a coffee station will be available with hot and cold drinks and cakes, chips, sweets and chocolates on offer for purchase.

Wines2Whales Shiraz @ Lourensford Wine Estate
Nov 1 @ 7:00 am – Nov 3 @ 7:00 am

Stage 1: 69km & 1 650m
Lourensford Wine Estate to Oak Valley Wine Estate

The elegant Lourensford Wine Estate marks the start of your three-day journey to Hermanus. The climbing starts almost immediately with a long and fairly steep gravel drag taking you up to the saddle, where you can enjoy spectacular views of Stellenbosch and Cape Town. From the saddle there’s a long and steep downhill so please take heed – it’s very fast with tight, blind corners and water humps. While you’re still on the Lourensford estate you’ll get to experience two new trails – Old Pine and JK’s Contour – and veterans of the W2W might notice that some trails from earlier years have been reintroduced, including Schoeman’s, Witboom and Canarie. Water Point 1 arrives at the 18km mark before the notoriously steep Vergelegen climb makes an appearance. It’s the toughest climb in the race but it’s not very long and the reward is a relatively easy passage to Water Point 2 (38km) at Idiom Vineyards, a superb spectator point. The iconic challenge of the day comes in the form of the historic Gantouw Pass – an old ox wagon trail and compulsory portage section where you can still see the grooves worn in the rocks by the Voortrekkers’ wagon wheels. The reward on the other side is some of the best singletrack in the country – the fabled A2Z network of Grabouw, which has been extensively rebuilt for this year’s event. A change from previous years sees Water Point 3 move to Grabouw Country Club,via the new Willie’s trail,  which now doubles up as a second spectator point and an excellent place to watch the racing or greet your favourite riders. The last 10km to the finish in Oak Valley offers a mix of singletracks and open vineyard roads. If you listen closely before you get to Oak Valley you’ll hear the race commentators welcoming riders home for a well-earned meal and recovery drink.

Stage icons: Lourensford and Vergelegen climbs, portage over Gantouw Pass, A2Z singletracks

Land Rover Technical Terrain: The Vergelegen climb, though just under 400 meters long features the steepest uphill gradient of the 2018 FNB Wines2Whales route. Riders will be wishing for four wheel drive and traction control when they reach it at the 28km mark.

Hendrico’s stage advice: Don’t get sucked in by the hype, nerves and emotions at the start – cycle at your own pace and find a rhythm, there’s still 60km to go. Stay calm and modulate your brakes on the downhills: they’re fast and somewhat technical at speed.

Terrain: Good quality gravel roads, dual tracks and singletracks. Gantouw Pass is the only portage section in the race – it’s steep, rocky and exposed to the elements.

Stage 2: 66km & 1 350km
Oak Valley Wine Estate to Oak Valley Wine Estate
Dubbed ‘Play Day’, Stage 2 is one of the FNB Wines2Whales’s many drawcards, with sublime singletrack, manicured berms and mind-blowing descents. From the gun, riders will face a steep but short climb that will sort out positioning before entering the singletracks. The first 25km is fast and flowing with regular ups and downs. Riders will access Oak Valley via the signature contour experience – famous for its waterfall and gravity-defying cliff-face singletrack (JK’s Edge). Don’t look down! The real fun begins when you enter Paul Cluver via the new Rietvlei Roller and then on to the Witklippies contour trail, which culminates at the Amphitheatre with Water Point 2 (35km). From here the fun intensifies as the feature-laden rollercoasters of Raka, Swing, Ark, Cobra, Mamba, Boomslang, Pofadder, Jakkels and Pine Singles send your heart rate into overdrive. The infamous Red Climb towards Lebanon village has been replaced by the new Trunk Trail singletrack along with the new flowing Huppeland will take you to Water Point 3 at Thandi next to the Hickory Shack Restaurant. The Thandi switchbacks which appear just after Water Point 3 at the 52km mark are the proverbial last sting in the tail before the thrilling, purpose-built KROMCO-PERI Play Park – redesigned this year to commemorate the 10th anniversary. From there it’s a 10km dash to the finish.

Stage icons: Singletracks and Paul Cluver Amphitheatre. Mind-blowing trails of Waterfall, Vissie’s favourite, JK’s Edge, Sounds of Silence, Rietvlei, Witklippies 1 & 2, Raka, Swing, Ark, Cobra, Mamba, Boomslang, Pofadder and Jakkels. KROMCO-PERI Play Park.

Land Rover Technical Terrain: The Pofadder Singletrack is without a doubt the most iconic of all the Elgin Valley’s serpentine inspired trails. Though it has matured into a more sculpted and flowing singletrack it is still more than worthy of the title of Land Rover Technical Terrain.

Hendrico’s stage advice: Ride as many singletracks as you can in preparation. Singletrack requires more concentration and work than open roads so work on your skills!

Terrain: Good quality gravel roads. Manicured berms, purpose-built singletrack. Nothing overly technical.

Stage 3: 72km & 1 250m
Oak Valley Wine Estate to the Marine Hotel, Hermanus

The third and final day of the FNB Wines2Whales is a challenging affair – especially with nearly 150km of riding and 3000m of climbing in the legs. Don’t be fooled by the route profile and make sure not to get sucked into racing dynamics early on – most of the climbing comes in the last 30km so save something for the end. The trickiest section of this stage is the Kat Pas descent just after the Houw Hoek trails. Caution is advised as this is a particularly fast downhill with a rocky, loose and sometimes quite rutted surface. Water Point 1 (24km) is located at the Botrivier School, a highlight for many owing to the incredible support from the local school children and supporters. The next 20km, which takes in a large portion of the Wildekrans trails before rising to Water Point 2 (43km), is arguably the most important section on Stage 3. It’s important that you pace yourself correctly as a nasty series of ups and downs await – the breath-taking Gaf-se-Bos and Hemel en Aarde trails. Here you’ll confront as many climbs as you will descents before the new route home, which includes a climb towards Rotary Way and a trail through the Hermanus Golf Course. The last few kilometres drop you into Hermanus and the magnificent Marine Hotel, where you’ll hopefully be welcomed home by the very whales that inspired the event.

Stage icons: Kat Pas descent after Houw Hoek, Botrivier town (look out for the crèches), Hemel en Aarde trails, new Marine Hotel finish.

Land Rover Technical Terrain: The Wildekrans Singletracks provide the final Land Rover Technical Terrain of the race as they flow through the koppies and ridgelines of the award winning wine farm. Scuplted by Braam Gericke they require focus and fitness to complete with speed.

Hendrico’s stage advice: Ride within your limits down the Kat Pas and remember 80% of the climbing is after the 40km mark. And save some energy for the new sting in the tail.

Terrain: Rocky climbs and descents. Sand and manicured trails upon entering Hemel en Aarde.

Tickets: https://wines2whales.com/riders/route.

Nov
9
Sat
2019
Grinder MTB Challenge @ Welgelegen 4x4 Farm, Bottelary Road Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Nov 9 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Grinder MTB Challenge 2019

Get ready for the toughest battle on the Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch.

How many laps can you do in 3 or 6 hours??

This is a race that will challenge you. But it is enjoyable and the views are spectacular.

The route is carefully planned to make this race a true, but achievable challenge of both fitness and mountain biking technical skills.

3 Hours Challenge  : Start: 07:00am

6 Hours Challenge : Start: 07:00am

Trail Run – 8km – 400m Ascent  : Start: 07:15am

This is an event with a PURPOSE. A portion of the funds go to Charity.

After your ride and run, relax, have something cold to drink and grab a bite to eat.

This event offers:

– Proper time keeping by Great-Time.

– Great cash prizes and lucky draws.

– Prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

– USN Water Table.

– Family and friends are welcome.

– Spectator friendly.

– Beer and Good music.

– Excellent Burgers and Boerewors rolls.

– Medals to all finishers.

– FREE sport massage.

– FREE wash and lube

 

Enter online at www.entryninja.co.za

More info www.facebook.com/grindermtb

Nov
23
Sat
2019
SWADINI MTB EVENT @ Hoedspruit Hoedspruit Limpopo
Nov 23 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am

Tickets: http://www.hatoere.co.za/.

Nov
30
Sat
2019
Origin Of Trails MTB Experience @ Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Nov 30 – Dec 1 all-day

MTB Marathon: 50 – 60km
MTB Half Marathon: 25 – 28km
MTB Fun Ride: 8 – 10km
Jan
18
Sat
2020
Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge @ Chandelier Game and Ostrich Show farm
Jan 18 @ 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
MOMENTUM HEALTH ATTAKWAS HALF MTB CHALLENGE @ Pine Creek Resort, Great Brak River
Jan 18 @ 6:00 am – 12:00 pm
Feb
6
Thu
2020
Tankwa Trek @ Malabar Farm, Koue Bokkeveld
Feb 6 @ 6:32 am – Feb 9 @ 6:32 am
Feb
22
Sat
2020
Ride The Karoo 100 miler @ Lormar Endurance Horse Stud and Guest farm
Feb 22 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Ride The Karoo 50 miler @ Lormar Endurance Horse Stud and Guest farm
Feb 22 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Apr
3
Fri
2020
Glacier Cradle Traverse @ MULDERSDRIFT, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA
Apr 3 @ 6:00 am – Apr 5 @ 7:00 am