Staalwater MTB Challenge

Presented by bikehub & DIRTOPIA

Sun, 20/08/2017, 00H00 - 00H00

Cycle and run in the picturesque Overberg area with views of the Klein Swartberg Mountains conveniently located only an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

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The eighth edition of the Staalwater MTB Challenge will take place from The Caledon Casino, Hotel, Spa and Entertainment on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of August. For the 2nd time, the event will include a 2-day mountain bike option, with additional 40km & 60km mountain bike distances on Saturday morning.

Riders can choose to ride any of the days or make a weekend of it and participate in both days. The usual Saturday morning trail run offering of 7km &15km remains.

At only R440 for the Staalwater MTB Challenge long routes, it is the most affordable 2-day mtb outing on the calendar, with riders free to choose their accommodation and meal options to fit their budgets.

The popular Sunday mountain bike routes return with 15km, 40km and 60km offerings. The two-day format offers overall category prizes for riders that complete both long routes, or both of the shorter 40km options over the weekend. Each day is treated as an independent fun ride with prize giving daily.

The late August date coincides with vast fields of yellow canola blossoms and lush green wheat fields, making for a visual feast not to be missed.

The host, The Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa offers panoramic views of the Klein Swartberg Mountains, conveniently located only an hour’s drive from Cape Town.  Both mountain bike and trail running events offer routes for amateurs to advanced mountain bikers/trail runners so bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend! The Overberg region with its stunning scenery, diverse landscape and quiet dirt roads is fast-becoming a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Those looking for a getaway can spend the weekend at the Caledon Casino, Hotel & Spa with an array of activities from great dining to gaming and after a day of running or cycling enjoy the restorative powers of the hot springs at the hotel spa.

Meurant Botha from Dirtopia, the organizers of the Staalwater Mountain Bike Challenge and Trail Run, says: “The Staalwater Challenge while giving professional riders a challenging race is also a fun-filled opportunity for those who simply want to enjoy a refreshing ride in beautiful surroundings with their friends and families. You don’t have to be super fit or fast to be part of it. We have different routes to suit different fitness levels.

“So, bring your family and friends and participate in this great outdoor adventure experience.”

Weekend Schedule

Friday, 18 August

08H00 - 14H00 Registration @Dirtopia Trail Centre, Delvera farm
18H30 - 19H30 Registration @Caledon Hotel - conference room

Saturday, 19 August

07h30 - 09h00 Registration @Caledon Hotel - conference room. Try to register at least 30min before you start! No substitutions for the Trail Run on the day!

Trail Run:

  • 09h30 - 15km start
  • 09h45 - 7km start

MTB Challenge:

  • 09h00 - 60km start
  • 09h15 - 40km start

11h30 Trail Run Prize giving & lucky draw (Provisional)

13h00 MTB Prize giving & lucky draw (Provisional)

16h00 - 17h00 MTB Registration @conference room

Sunday, 20 August

07h00 - 09h00 Registration @Caledon Hotel - conference room. Try to register at least 30min before you start! No substitutions on the day!

MTB Challenge:

  • 09h00 - 60km start
  • 09h15 - 40km start
  • 09h30 - 15km start

13h30 - Prize giving & lucky draw



The shorter routes are designed to encourage newcomers to the sport. The event will feature two trail run distances of 7km for the kids, family and friends whereas the 15km caters for those wanting more of a challenge - both routes take participants on a scenic tour of the countryside with some great singletrack sections. The trail run takes place on the Saturday and the mountain bike challenge is on Saturday and the Sunday. The Mountain Bike Challenge, which starts and ends at The Caledon Hotel entrance, takes racers on an adventurous journey through a mix of private farms and district dirt roads. There are three routes of varying distances and level of difficulty to choose from; 60km, 40km and a 15km fun ride for beginners and children. Well worth the drive to this beautiful area.

The refreshment station will have Powerade, fruit & jellies and Coke at the finish for all!

  • Saturday: 60km (55km actual) - 1000m elevation
  • Saturday: 40km ( 42km actual)  - 820m elevation
  • Sunday: 60km (59,7km) - 1048m elevation
  • Sunday: 40km (37,2km actual) 633m elevation
  • Sunday: 15km (13,5km actual) 200m elevation


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