Aitsa! Aftercare learners excited to take on the Fedhealth MTB Challenge at Root44

Fedhealth MTB Challenge

Fifteen learners from the well-known Aitsa! Aftercare Centre in Stellenbosch will live out their MTBing dreams at the 8th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge that will take place at Root44 on Saturday, 09 and Sunday 10 September 2023.

The Aitsa! Aftercare Centre opened its doors in 2014 in the picturesque village of Kylemore. The doors are open every afternoon, providing a safe place where children receive a cooked meal and fruit daily. It is also a place where the children’s full potential can be developed through holistic programs that provide a stimulating, nurturing and loving environment. 

“We are thankful to the organisers of the Fedhealth MTB Challenge for making fifteen entries available to the children from the Aitsa! After Care Centre,” says Kirsty Newby, Aitsa! Aftercare Youth Facilitator. “Our learners have been taking part in the event for a few years now. We love the vibe that the race has. Our learners have MTB practice once a week at Aitsa! Entering them into an event like this is an awesome way to reward them for all their dedication. The event gives them the opportunity to give their all while showing off their talent.”

“The Fedhealth MTB Challenge is a highlight every year,” continues Newby. “Our learners had an amazing time at the 2022 event. It was a day filled with fun where they could warmup on the pump track and then give it their all during the race. At the beginning of 2023 they were already asking when is the ‘Fedhealth Race Weekend’? Our biggest reason for entering the MTB race is because of what it means to our learners. Many of our learners grow up in challenging circumstances or are forced to be the ‘adult’ in the household from a young age already. The Fedhealth MTB Challenge is that one day where they can forget about everything at home and just go out and enjoy life as a child again. It brings them a lot of joy. Our learners are excited to experience the new route, new starting point and all the exciting things that Root44 has to offer!”

EVENT INFORMATION2023 Fedhealth MTB Challenge

Saturday, 09 September 2023

Venue: Root44, Stellenbosch
Event:15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Fun Ride)
 Start Time: 08:00
 Entry Fee: R225.00
Event:Fedhealth Kids MTB Events:  not timed
 Distances: 500m / 1 – 5 years of age 1.5km / 6 – 9 years of age 5km / 10 – 13 years of age
 Start Time: from 10:00
 Entry Fee: R100.00

Sunday, 10 September 2023

Venue: Root 44, Stellenbosch
Event:+- 60km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Marathon)
Entry Fee:R475.00 per rider (excludes CSA License)
Event:+-30km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Half Marathon)
Entry Fee:R375.00 per rider (excludes CSA License)
CSA Temp Licence:R60.00
Entries Open:Wednesday 28 June 2023
Entries Close:Monday 04 September 2023


The entry fee includes:

·     an exclusive technical event t-shirt (Fedhealth Kids MTB Events included)

·     a drawstring bag

·     medals will be awarded to all finishers

FREE ENTRY: Fedhealth members can enter free of charge – simply by typing in their membership number when entering online!


PRIZE PURSE: In addition to welcoming a fantastic new venue at Root44 (Stellenbosch) on Saturday, 09 and Sunday 10 September 2023, the 8th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge will also boast a R36 000.00 Prize Purse for riders that have entered the iconic Marathon (+- 60km). View the Prize Breakdown here:


CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering online, mountain biking enthusiasts can show their support for The Kindness Collaboration, the chosen charity of this fun-filled family event. Founded by Fedhealth and Operation Healing Hands (OHH), The Kindness Collaboration offers much needed support to South Africans who cannot afford quality medical care.


Facebook:  Fedhealth Medical Aid / @root44stellenbosch / Stillwater MTB Events 

Instagram:  @fedhealthmed / @root44stellenbosch / @stillwater_mtb_events




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