PAARL – 28-30 SEPTEMBER 2018
Besides “THE ROCK” Stage Race, a total of 9 additional MTB and Trail Run offerings are presented
on Saturday (at Spice Route) and Sunday (at Rhebokskloof).
1. 3-day stage race: 150km
 Day 1 Malmesbury – Rhebokskloof: 54km – 1300m elevation
 Day 2 Rhebokskloof – Spice Route: 48km – 1000m elevation
 Day 3 Spice route – Rhebokskloof: 48km – 1300m elevation
2. 5km kiddies
3. MTB: 10km Family Traverse
4. MTB: 25km Traverse
6. MTB Gravity Runs
7. Trail Run: 5km
8. Trail Run: 10km
9. Trail Run: 21km
10. Kiddies Obstacle Trail Run: 2km
Mountain-bikers can also enter any one of the stage race daily routes individually
(if you don’t fancy doing all three stages)
“THE ROCK” is a joint venture between De Villiers Cycling Events and Hero Adventure Trails.
“THE ROCK” caters for the entire spectrum of trail runners and mountain-bikers in vibey upbeat race
villages boasting lots of entertainment, live bands, stacks of fun activities and a range of artisan
culinary delights.
No frills, no fuss… just great trails, tough racing, wonderful camaraderie, and great hospitality –
“THE ROCK” affords mountain bikers and trail runners with a passion for their sport a quintessential
off-road experience in sublime surroundings without the usual arm-and-a-leg cost to enter.
Entry fee for the 3-stage race is R1200 per rider and entry fees for the various single day Trail Fest
offerings are kept affordable to enable as many riders and runners as possible to enjoy the weekend
with us.
The entry fees are geared towards lowering the financial entry barrier for mountain-bikers and trail
runners in a tough economic climate, which has seen most races decline in participant totals over
the past two years.
In keeping with our vision for “THE ROCK”, riders and runners won’t receive useless race pack items,
which only add to the entry fee and don’t present much else perceived value anymore.
Honestly…How many stage race jackets do you have stacked away in your cupboard that you’ve
never worn?
Participants are looked after particularly well on and off the trails and they will have a choice of a
wide array of vendors where they can buy breakfast, lunch and dinner on race days.
Wynand de Villiers and Darren Herbst, convenors of the organising committee, have been on the
forefront of adventure sports event organisation for the past 15 years and have noticed the changes
in the cycling and running industry.
Although the running and cycling are still growing and showing no signs of slowing down, the
industry has come under the magnifying glass courtesy of economic pressures, lack of variety, and
consumer time constraints. WE HEAR YOU!
Besides offering an affordable price tag for all the events, we are in a unique position in the market
because we manage the venues and trails on which we are launching this all-encompassing, kick-ass
mountain-biking and trail running festival.
We manage a network of trails in the Cape Winelands that include:
 Hero Adventure Park Rhebokskloof: 3km, 5km, 10km, 15km ,30km
 Hero Adventure Park Spice Route: 2.5km, 5km, 10km, 20km, 40km
 Hero Adventure Park Malmesbury: 8km, 25km, 40km, 60km
These venues were all hand-picked because of location, facilities, and access. We have developed
customised trails around the venues that incorporate farm roads, jeep track, single track and a host
of features that result in the perfect recipe for trail runs and mountain-bike events.
All routes are clearly marked and maintained year-round, but for “THE ROCK” we are incorporating a
vast array of neighbouring properties and farms.
Processes such as route selection, marking and activation are seamless and hassle free and because
we work on the trails daily it allows us to design a route according to the needs of our riders and
Rhebokskloof and Spice Route – top wine destinations and tourist attractions in South Africa.
The venues are popular with the public and include award winning restaurants, neat toilets, ample
parking and large event areas – perfectly suited to the hosting of mass participation events.
The trails and facilities at the venues allow us to host “THE ROCK” in a secure environment,
managed by ourselves.
Spice Route and Rhebokskloof are located on the slopes of the Paarl Mountain and they boast a host
of amazing facilities that include:
 Wine Tasting
 Craft beer and Gin
 Conference facilities
 Kiddies Play areas
 Award winning Artisan Villages and restaurants
These venues all have land owners who are passionate about their farms and all avid trail
enthusiasts. Their support and close involvement in creating “THE ROCK” allow us to plan with a no
holds barred approach to make them something special.
“THE ROCK” offers no frills camp sites where you can pitch your tent (riders have to bring their own
tents) at Rhebokskloof and Spice Route for R250 per person per night.
The rate excludes meals, which will be on sale throughout the day.
Riders can book a camp site with their entry.
“THE ROCK” cuts out all the senseless frills which have led to mountain-bike and trail running events
becoming unaffordable over the years.
But we know what makes you tick – super trails, brilliant racing conditions, well stocked waterpoints,
a well marshalled, safe environment, and affordable eats and drinks at vibey and cool venues.
Since the main stream popularity of mountain-biking started 18 years ago, so many mountain-bikers
have taken part in most of the major stage races and single day events more than once and just
don’t want to fork out thousands of Rands for the same experience anymore.
“THE ROCK” is organised and presented with all participants as the main focal point of the events
and ticks all the boxes which are vitally important for runners and mountain-bikers, but cuts out the
rest to ensure affordability.
Participant satisfaction, well-being and enjoyment of the races are our primary and utmost goals and
we work tirelessly to deliver legendary and unforgettable mountain bike and trail running
Off the bike a world filled with great food, entertainment and activities await the entire family.
Whether you are coming out for a weekend with mates or bringing the entire family along for a
weekend of adventure – there is guaranteed to be something for everyone.
The towns of Paarl and Malmesbury are brimming with tradition and history, and the riding and trail
running terrain between them and scenery certainly have no equal in SA.
“THE ROCK” takes place in beautiful surroundings and at an applicable time of the year with very
little chance of rain and mild temperatures while the trails will be in sublime shape following the
winter rains.
The event is in the lead-up to FNB Wines2Wales which presents riders with the perfect training
weekend one month prior.
 Day 1 Malmesbury – Rhebokskloof: 54km – 1300m elevation
 Day 2 Rhebokskloof – Spice Route: 48km – 1000m elevation
 Day 3 Spice route – Rhebokskloof: 48km – 1300m elevation
The beautiful Cape Winelands this year plays host to “THE ROCK” Stage Race – a spectacular three
stage event linking the picturesque and historical towns of Malmesbury and Paarl in an epic 150km
journey over the some of the best mountain-biking terrain in the country.
The event falls over the weekend of 28-30 September 2018, affording riders the opportunity of a
perfectly shaped training weekend ahead of the FNB Wines2Whales, which takes place a month
No frills, no fuss… just great trails, super racing, wonderful camaraderie, and brilliant hospitality
Riders can enter single or as a team of two. A two-rider team comes at a price tag of R2400 per team
(R400 per rider per day) while single riders pay R1200 for the three stages.
Teams register in one of three different categories – Men, Ladies and Mixed. The minimum age of
participation is 16 on race day.
The riders in a team must remain together always during the race.
Where to book accommodation
Although the race route is on average 50km per day, the two towns are 35km apart and it’s only the
start of the first stage which is removed from Paarl (in Malmesbury). The rest of the action is in Paarl
on Saturday and Sunday.
This means entrants can book their accommodation in Paarl without having to move for the entire
three stages or they can book in Malmesbury on Thursday evening and then in Paarl for Friday and
Saturday evenings.
Full Service Tour
“THE ROCK” saves no expense in our vision to create the Cape Winelands’ signature mountain bike
tour which will attract both local and international participation.
Rider nutrition, water, energy drinks and sumptuous snacks are available at the feed points to spoil
and motivate riders during the event.
Full servicing is available halfway on each day and after each stage all bikes are washed and lubed
after every day’s stage.
“THE ROCK” Stage Race encompasses some of the best features in the area and includes the
wonderful riding terrain offered by the Hero Adventure Parks in Malmesbury and Paarl as well as the
terrain that links Malmesbury and Paarl.
The event offers a first stage which links the sublime new Hero trails in Malmesbury to Rhebokskloof
Estate via the Paardeberg on the Northern slopes of Paarl Mountain, followed by the second stage
which links Rhebokskloof to the famous Spice Route Artisan Village on the Southern slope of Paarl
The third stage circumvents the entire Paarl Mountain on the way back to Rhebokskloof and includes
the brilliant Hero trails at Rhebokskloof and Spice Route.
“THE ROCK” traverses vast vineyards, orchards, pine plantations and some beautifully sculpted single
track, notably through Fairview and Spice Route farms as well as Rhebokskloof.
The route boasts a host of wonderful features and Cape Nature has given the race permission to use
vast sections of their land, and this has opened some wonderful terrain.
Riders can expect wide open plains, strong climbing challenges, majestic mountains, deep ravines,
indigenous forests, and spectacular views.
The route is characterised by riveting jeep tracks, challenging rocky outcrops, fast flowing downhills,
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“THE ROCK” becomes progressively tougher as the event goes along, staying true to its name as
“THE ROCK”, finishing with a trip literally around the Paarl Rock to finish at Rhebokskloof on day 3.