Mountain Bike

AmaRider 100 Miler

The Ama Rider 100 and 50 miler individual one-day mountain bike ultra-marathon of 160km is a very special event. It has a super laid back vibe, but always boasts a couple of very competitive racers gunning for the top spot.

From its humbling beginnings in 2009 it has grown into what is now one of the must-do-events on the mountain biking calendar. The scenery is beautiful in the Swartland during Autumn and the riding is not technical.

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All Mountain Enduro May 2016

Based on the successful Mavic Trans Provence concept the idea is to bring riding and the results linked to it back to mountain biking and away from the current endurance-only formats. That said, it is not the idea to make the race highly technical as per downhill racing, but simply to focus the competition on the trails component of the sport. And yes, perhaps your skinny tire 29’er carbon hardtail is perhaps not the best choice of bike, although the course will certainly be rideable on it!

More info at the Dirtopia Website

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Struisbaai MTB Classic

Here in South Africa, we are in the middle of the worst drought in living memory, (why are all droughts described like that?) so, as expected, when an MTB race is organised in one of the hottest regions of the Western Cape, it rains in biblical proportions.

Not that the weather detracted from a fantastic event. Riding for 7km on a very rideable beach, is always going to be a special part of the experience, no matter what the weather does.
Dirtopia are now looking after the logistics behind the scenes of this race, and I suspect that when word leaks out about just what a fantastic event this is, next years race is going to sell out.

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Rockman X Triathlon

Athletes compete in the Rockman X Triathlon and Duathlon held at Heia Safari Park, Midrand, in Gauteng Province South Africa on 6 December 2015.

Delheim Adventure Weekend Enduro

Riders compete in the Delheim Adventure Weekend Enduro, held at the Delheim Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 15th November 2015.

The concept is a lot of fun – riders get timed only on certain sections, which make a very social event, especially at the refreshment station where they re-group. The atmosphere is relaxed with no rush anywhere, except when you gun it between check points!

Spur MTB Classic

Hosting the 2015 version of the Spur Mountain Bike classic at Nooitgedacht Wine Farm was an organisational masterstroke.

The venue is more than big enough, and the grounds and gardens are just stunning. Add a really great ride into the mix, and you have a very successful race on your hands.

Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge

The Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge race and the single-track that it runs on, has to be the best kept secret in South African Mountain biking. (at least it was until today)

Based 13 km the other side of Piketberg (turn left at the circle) it is only 75 minutes drive from Cape Town. Closer even than the trails of Esselsfontein in Ceres.

The race itself is held entirely on a private farm, and the single-track is open to the public only once a year. The event is held to raise money for local charities and it is a massive community event.

I have never before shot a race where the competitors are stopping to tell me how amazing the single track and scenery is. And it really is, from hidden canyons, to water bridges and the most mind blowing, smooth and flowing trail you can dream of riding.

If you missed it this year then make a massive note in your diary to enter for next year, because the trails are closed until then.

Dirtopia All Mountain Enduro

Cyclists compete in the Dirtopia All Mountain Enduro held at Helderberg Farm, Somerset West, Western Cape South Africa.

Perdeberg MTB Fun Ride

Perdeberg MTB Funride

Cyclists compete in the Perdeberg Mountain Bike Funride. Held at The famous Perdeberg Winery in the Western Cape of South Africa, and organised by the masters of MTB organisation, Dirtopia, the inaugural Perdeberg MTB funride had both a 16 and a 32 km route. To add to the festivities, multiple world XTERRA champion Conrad Stolz pitched up on a fatbike to have some fun. Expect record numbers to enter this event next year.

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Cystic Fibrosis Cycling

Cystic Fibrosis Cycling (RSA)

After receiving a prognosis of a 10year life span at the age of 8 months, Jason Van’t Slot is celebrating his 20th year of living with Cystic Fibrosis by cycling the beguiling and gruelling ABSA Cape Epic in 2015. He is supported by his father and manager, Barry Van’t Slot and his close friend and team mate, elite debut triathlete, Philipp Sassie.

Born as a twin, one with the disease and the other without, Jason’s story is one of a family who has had to deal head on with a twist of fate that would test their mettle under a ticking clock. Jason wants to share his struggles and his triumphs, to enhance the lives of others living with cystic fibrosis, by serving as a living example that the disease need not be a death sentence. Through positive and rigorous living, and the benefits of early detection, Cystic Fibrosis is a challenge that can be overcome.

For more information visit their website here