Mountain Bike

The U 2021

Greetings from Piket-Bo-Berg Trails! The U 2021 Date Announced. We’re all about Spring here in our fruit-farming valley. It’s a beaut of a time in the Southern Hemi.  For that reason, we’ve decided to bring our boutique stage race, The U, a few weeks earlier, right into the heart of Spring. Of course, this won’t affect our exclusive offering and we’ll be sure to create a more than ‘EPIC’ experience with our incredible hospitality, personal touches, mind-blowing trails and scenic raceClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club

Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club: Annual Number Auction. Once a year the Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club (TMBC) has an annual auction of bike board numbers to raise funds for the Volunteer Wildfire Services. This is always preceded by an evening ride on the trails at the Bloemendal Trail Park near Durbanville. This year over R50k was raised for VWS and the club has kicked in an additional amount to make a sizeable donation. With over 120km of singletrack under their controlClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

A Gloriously Wet and Muddy Western Cape XCO MTB Series #3

This WC XCO race can only be described as a  very wet and muddy affair. These images were taken at an event and in a location that should have been a dry dustbowl in mid-October. The rain gods of Elgin had other ideas, however, producing a non-stop deluge of water here in the Western Cape for the entire week preceding the race. As a photographer, I love this kind of stuff because even though it makes it incredibly hard toClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

South African XCO Mountain Bike Championships 2020. MTB

After a year of chaos, compliments of Corona, we finally kicked off the 2020 MTB season at the Computer Mania South African XCO Mountain Bike championships at Coetzenberg outside Stellenbosch. It may have been a field limited to just a few categories, and not everyone could make it at short notice, but it was a great success. Alan Hatherly and Mariska Straus won the Elite categories in the men’s and women’s categories. Luke Moir proved his sporting pedigree by beingClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

AmaRider 100 mtb mountain bike race.

The Amarider 100 and 50 miler individual one-day mountain bike ultra-marathon of 160km is an annual test of MTB riders endurance. It has a super laid back vibe, but always boasts a couple of very competitive racers gunning for the top spot. From its humble 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. TheClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

MTB Enduro Racing

MTB Enduro Racing Based on the successful MTB Enduro racing 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 theClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

Stuisbaai MTB Classic

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 matterClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

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! More of my enduro blog posts are here Get involved and racing by following EnduroClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

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 onlyClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

24 hour MTB at Oak Valley

24 Hour MTB at Oak Valley Wine Estate Every year the 24 hours of mountain biking in the Elgin Valley draws hundreds of campers! Mountain bike and event company Dirtopia,  have organised almost twenty 24Hour relay MTB events since 2003, so they know what they are up to, and this race at the stunning Oak Valley Wine Estate is a very popular annual weekend in the countryside. Presented by Spur Steak Ranches, families gather around camp fires and kids have bigClick to read more and to see the event image gallery