This stage is known as the “Room with A View,” Stage….you will climb, but what goes up, certainly always comes down!
Riders will exit the hotel and turn right (this is a compulsory neutral start), then take a left and head up Highlands road (don’t blow your legs on the first climb or this will be a long 50kms for you).
Take a left into Kleinmond trails and then get your camera out as you prepare to climb toward Waterpoint 1 (10kms in), and what will be one of the most picture perfect views you will ever see on a mountain bike (so remember to stop and take a selfie and you can win a prize hamper from Hammer Nutrition).
Riders will head into the Hottentots Holland Mountain Catchment Area and then meet up again with the very top of the Highlands Road, travel around Iona and then head toward Waterpoint 2, which is at 28kms.
At +/- 42kms you will head through Barton Vineyards, as you start to discover the Danie and Braam (Wildekrans Wine Estate), trail building magic. Riders will then pop under the R43 through a purpose built (by the kind folks at Wildekrans), and cleared culvert at 47kms and head into Wildekrans Wine Estate, which will then take you home with +/- 3kms of singletrack and jeep track.
Your Stage 1 Waterpoints:
Waterpoint 1 @+/-10kms: Bananas, sweets, potatoes, water & coke. You will then get to
This stage is known as the “Singeltrack For Dayssss,” stage and we decided to take some of the distance out because we wanted to give you guys more singletrack without silly climbing just to make up the distance needed to give you 50kms and we’re pretty sure that you will each thank us for this.
+/- 42kms – Of which first 17kms is singletrack and we strongly advise you not to blow your legs in the first 17kms (you will fly, but you’ll work a bit for it), and leave something in the tank for the balance of the ride home. There is one section within the first 10kms on Wildekrans Wine Estate, whereby we will offer you two route options “Technical or Non-Technical,” and unless you can ride A-frames and steep rocky switchback descents, then we advise you to take the non-technical option, it’s a couple of hundred metres the same way, but trying out your superman/ woman skills on an event day is never a great idea, so please help us to help you?
You will be greeted by the Wildekrans Family at Waterpoint 1, which is at 16.9kms and then you will head back under the R43, using the culvert and then cruise around through Barton Vineyards through some awesome new singletrack sections, around Steyns Quarry and then into Honingklip for more singletrack fun (you will climb a little to get there though), and then head down into Waterpoint 2 which will be at +/-28kms and just in time for a Honingklip beer tasting.
Once through Honingklip, you will make your way onto Highlands and then down some pretty fast jeep track, slow down as the main road approaches there will be a marshall and traffic police, but please be aware at all times), and then head home, down the left hand side of the finishline, grab a Hammer Nutrition product or a beer and head down to the pool for a light bite to eat and head home safely.
Your Stage 2 Waterpoints:
Waterpoint 1 @+/-16.9kms: Bananas, sweets, potatoes, water & coke. You will then get to
PROFILE FOR STAGE 2 50KM MTB WILL BE UPLOADED SHORTLY
15KM MTB STAGE RACE PROFILES
Cell C Arabella Trail Run Challenge:
15KM Trail Run Profile:
6KM Trail Run Profile:
The Cell C Arabella MTB Challenge caters for all mountain biking enthusiasts, who enjoy brand new singletrack and heading off of the beaten track without having to drive for kms and kms to get there!
This is a two Two-Day Mountain Bike Stage Race OR 2-Day MTB Stage Ride (+- 50km Race and or a +- 15km Ride per stage), as well as offering a 6km and 15km trail run on the Sunday, all right in the heart of Kleinmond.
The MTB routes for the 50km 2-Day MTB event are graded technically as a 3-5 skill level (5 being the most technical), and will be made up of singletrack, jeep track, berms, bridges and switchbacks. Riders will be seeded by SA Seeding. There will also be prizegiving on the Sunday for overall top 3 male and female winners only (General Classification).
The 15km is a fun ride and will comprise of mainly jeep track yet still offer some easy flowing single track sections. This distance is graded between 1-5 (5 being the most technical).
This weekend is an action-packed one for the entire family and the Arabella Hotel & Spa have created a special accommodation rate for each of our entrants who wish to check in for the weekend!
The Cell C Pool Party on the Saturday forms part of the weekends festivities and will welcome each entrant and feature live entertainment, kids entertainment and loads more on the Saturday.
This 5Star event promises to be like nothing you may have experienced before and the Stillwater Sports MTB Team look forward to welcoming you and your families for a weekend with us.
The Cell C Arabella Trailrun Challenge caters for all trailrunning enthusiasts, who enjoy brand new singletrack and heading off the beaten track without having to drive for kms and kms to get there!
This is a 1-Day trailrunning event and offers two distances of 6kms and 15kms. This event forms part of the Cell C Arabella MTB Challenge, which is a two Two-Day Mountain Bike Stage Race and Ride (+- 50km Race and or a +- 15km Ride per stage) and a 6km and 15km trail run in the heart of Kleinmond.
The trailrunning routes are not technical for the 6km at all, but will have one or two little climbs, but they will certainly be worth it when you see the views. The 15km will offer some singletrack, jeep track and of course one or two climbs.
The MTB routes for the 50km Per Stage 2-Day MTB event are graded technically as a 3-5 skill level (5 being the most technical). The 15km is a fun ride and will comprise of mainly jeep track and is graded between 1-5 (5 being the most technical).
The weekend is action-packed for the entire family and the Arabella Hotel & Spa have a special accommodation rate for each of our entrants!
A Cell C Pool Party on the Saturday (as part of the weekends MTB event), will welcome each MTB entrant and feature live entertainment, kids entertainment and loads more. Family/ partner tickets can be bought at the event registration.
This 5Star event promises to be like nothing you may have experienced before and the Stillwater Sports MTB & trailrunning Team look forward to welcoming you and your families for a weekend with us.