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Fedhealth MTB challenges riders

Taking place at the majestic Boschendal Wine Estate his coming Saturday 7 September and Sunday 8 September the 5th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge has attracted the attention of a number of SA’s leading sports enthusiasts, including the likes of Jamie Penfold, defending champion in the half marathon, Michael Lord and Robyn Williams.

Penfold (Durbanville) will be gunning for his hat-trick victory in the MTB Challenge half marathon. “I’m attracted by the world class single track,” he says. “It is not often that the half marathon riders are treated to the amount and quality of single tracks that we get at the MTB Challenge. If you are looking for a well-organised event with an amazing route this one is for you. The single tracks are beautiful, the views of the valley amazing and the route markings are good. My goal on the event day is to win, of course.”

For mountain biker and triathlete Lord (Somerset West), the raw landscape and crazy amount of single track are what make the MTB Challenge iconic.

“Now that I am working and am not as fit, I wouldn’t be able to ride as much single-track in one go without the support (water stations) and added motivation that a race like this gives. I am just looking forward to enjoying the trails while giving my all.”

“I just love the route,” says Williams (Stellenbosch). “It is incredibly challenging, but also a lot of fun. You’ll definitely deserve that post-race beer and pizza when you’re done! I am heading off to the Himalayas soon to do an eight-day MTB stage race and will be using the MTB Challenge as a gauge as to where my fitness is as well as to practice riding with my race partner under race conditions. I’d definitely recommend this event to other mountain bikers, as the route is absolutely amazing and the vibe at the finish line is awesome. Bring the whole family, as there is something for everyone.”

Details of the events on Saturday and Sunday are:

Saturday 7 September: The children’s event caters for ages 0-13 with junior MTB enthusiasts choosing between: . 500 m – 0-5 years of age: 10:30. 1,5 km – 6-9 years of age: 11:00. 5 km – 10-13 years of age: 11:30Entry Fee: R100

Sunday 8 September: Time: 08:00 60 km MTB Challenge; 09:00: 30 km MTB Challenge half marathon; 10:00: 15 km MTB Challenge fun ride.

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