MTB routes sure to impress at Fedhealth MTB Challenge

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MTB routes sure to impress at Fedhealth MTB Challenge

 Mountain bikers taking part in the 4th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge at the picturesque Boschendal Wine Estate (The Retreat) on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 September 2018 can look forward to a MTB experience like no other. The action will kick off with the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events on the Saturday (15 September).  MTB routes sure to impress at Fedhealth MTB Challenge.

“The source of much excitement, the Kids Race is a definite calendar highlight,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “The events cater for junior MTB enthusiasts between 0 – 13 years of age.  Entrants can choose between a 500m, 1.5km and 5km adventure.  At times it’s difficult to tell who is enjoying the event more, the children or the parents.  With short, fun routes, the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events are the perfect introduction to the sport of mountain biking.  Participants (and supporters) will not go home disappointed.”

The MTB action continues on Sunday (16 September) when the more senior mountain bikers can choose between a +-15km, +-30km or +-60km route.

According to Pieter du Plessis, Fedhealth MTB Challenge Race Director, the 15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge is perfect for parents who would like to enjoy a MTB experience with their children.  “This route is easy, fast and will feature vineyard roads and single track.  There will be one water point at approximately the 10km mark.   Riders can look forward to experiencing exclusive routes on the Boschendal Farm Estate.  Remember to bring a spare tube and bicycle pump.”

The +-30km Fedhealth MTB Challenge features a nice combination of vineyard and gravel road.  “There will be two water points, one at the 12km mark and one at the 22km mark,” says Du Plessis.  “This year our objective was to avoid tough climbs.  Although there will be a few climbs, they are all rideable.  Running in an anti-clockwise direction through Banhoek, riders will start towards Simonsberg, go through the culvert to Kylemore before turning back into the Banhoek Conservancy.  Riders can look forward to experiencing routes that are usually not accessible to the public.  Whether a beginner or advance rider, you are sure to enjoy this event.”

“If you like a lot of single track, the +-60km Fedhealth MTB Challenge is ideal for you,” continues Du Plessis.  “This event features pristine single track, general vineyard roads and open farmland.   The four water points will be located at the 20km, 30km, 46km and 52km mark.  This year we focussed on creating an enjoyable route that featured as much single track as possible.  Expect beautiful trails with challenging climbs.” 


 Saturday, 15 September 2018


Event & Time: Fedhealth Kids MTB Events:  not timed

·         500m / 0 – 5 years of age / 10:30

·         1.5km / 6 – 9 years of age / 11:00

·         5km / 10 – 13 years of age / 11:30

Entry Fee: R100


Sunday, 16 September 2018


Time: 08:00
Event: +- 60km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Marathon)
Entry Fee: R350 per rider (excludes CSA License)
Time: 08:30
Event: +-30km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Half Marathon)
Entry Fee: R250 per rider (excludes CSA License)
Time: 09:00
Event: 15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Fun Race)
Entry Fee: R150 per rider

Once across the finish line, all mountain bikers will be treated to a foot massage in the Falke Foot Zone.  The Festival Village will be a hub of excitement.  Enjoy a Flying Fish beer with a mouth-watering meal while listening to a live performance by Newton & Co.

 WIN WIN WIN:  Two lucky 2018 Fedhealth MTB Challenge riders will take home a whopping R10 000 gift voucher (each) compliments of Specialized Bicycles Africa, a proud partner of the 2018 event.  The 2018 Fedhealth MTB Challenge, in association with Specialized Bicycles Africa, will also boast a Turbo E-bike categoryPlease Note:  This category will start in its own batch, but will not feature prize money.

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

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For more information or to enter the Fedhealth MTB Challenge, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email or visit

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