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MTB routes sure to impress

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 can look forward to a MTB experience like no other.

The action will start with the Kids MTB Events on Saturday the 15th.

“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 500 m, 1,5 km and 5 km adventure. At times it’s difficult to tell who is enjoying the event more, the children or the parents. With short, fun routes, the kids events are the perfect introduction to the sport of mountain biking.”

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

According to Pieter du Plessis, race director, the 15 km 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,” he said. “There will be one water point at the 10 km mark.”

The ±30 km challenge features a nice combination of vineyard and gravel road. “There will be two water points, one at the 12 km mark and one at the 22 km mark,” says Du Plessis.

“This year our objective was to avoid tough climbs. Although there will be a few climbs, they are all ridable. 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 ±60 km Fedhealth MTB Challenge is ideal for you.”

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