Fedhealth MTB Challenge

On the weekend of 16 & 17 September, the picturesque Meerendal Wine Estate near Cape Town would have shrugged off its winter coat and once more be geared up to welcome fitness fanatics and families alike to the 2017 Fedhealth MTB Challenge, held in association with Stillwater Sports.

Over the course of two days, riders of all ages will have the opportunity to experience the superb, flowing trails of this gorgeous wine estate.

In addition, the occasion includes an array of activities to ensure a great family-style ‘breakaway from the everyday’. From gourmet food vendors, delicious wines, massage zones, unbelievably high-value goodie-bags and giveaways for entrants, plus loads of lucky draws and prizes to be doled out on the day.

With all of this happening under sunny South African skies and amidst an unbeatable atmosphere, the 2016 Fedhealth MTB Challenge promises to once again be an affair to remember!

Fedhealth members can enter for free – simply complete the normal payment process and enter your membership number in the ‘Voucher code’ field when checking out.

Every entry is loaded with extras!

  • All entrants in the either the 15km, 35km or 65km will receive a goodie bag.
  • PLUS! The first 1 000 entrants will also receive a free event t-shirt
  • Free massage after the event with the Fedhealth Muscle Menders in the Fedhealth Zone
  • Access to the Fedhealth Kids Zone with a jumping castle, movies, child minders and a Fedhealth Kids Zone water bottle
  • Food trucks, wine and live entertainment

If you’re a Fedhealth member, you also get:

  • Fedhealth VIP registration
  • Access to the Fedhealth VIP Zone for complimentary drinks and snacks

EVENT FAST FACTS

 Date:  16 & 17 September 2017
 Venue:  Durbanville, Western Cape
 Distances: +-15km Fun Race, +-35km (Half Marathon) & +-65km (Marathon)
 Start Times:
  +/-15km (Fun Race):  09h00
  +/-35km (Half Marathon):  08h30
 +/- 65km (Full Marathon):  08h00
 Pre-Entries Open:   To be confirmed
 Pre Entries Close:  To be confirmed
KIDS EVENT FAST FACTS
Date:  Saturday, 16 September 2017
 Venue:  Durbanville, Western Cape
 Distances:  +-500m, +-1,5km & +-5km
 Start Times:
  500m (0-5 years):  13h00
  1,5km (6-9 years) :  13h15
  5km (10-13 years):
 13h30
 Pre-Entries Open:   TBC
 Pre Entries Close:  TBC

2017 ROUTE INFORMATION TBC

2016 ROUTE INFORMATION

ROUTE OVERVIEW:

15km: 3o0m Elevation

35km: 1 000m Elevation

+/- 62km: 1 800m Elevation

The Fedhealth Mountain Bike Challenge will be hosted at Meerendal on the 4 September 2016. The 3 distances on offer will make use of the best trails on offer within the Tygerberg Cycling Club Trail network, and as is evident from the 2015 event, also during the most beautiful part of the year in the Durbanville Hills region. The 60km has some has some new sections including a few new single tracks developed during the last year. The biggest change however is in the 35km where we are working on a complete new finish that will eliminate the problem of the long course riders catching up to the 35km back markers.

15KM ROUTE:

This is a fun route for the whole family. The first 5km of the route is mostly easy riding jeep track through the vineyards of Meerendal followed by the only big climb of the day past the water point at 7 km. After 9km the riders will encounter some of the fun, easier single track of the Meerendal trail network. The second single track is direction Stairway to Heaven, but do not worry, you will make a 180 turn at the start of the Stairway to heaven and head back towards the finish on the contour trail followed by a mixture of mostly down single trails and farm roads.

FMC 15KM PROFILE FMC 16 15KM WITH PROFILE

 

35KM ROUTE:

The 35km route is a fantastic new route and a decent work out for those not quite up to the challenges of the 60km route and still requires a reasonable amount of fitness from the rider.

The route follows the same start at Meerendal as the 60km route, as well as the Traverse through to Bloemendal, the Telkom mast climb, the descent and climb up to Contermanskloof mast via Hillcrest and the thrills of the Contermanskloof single track. The route splits at Contermanskloof and takes up one more climb up to Hoogelegen and then downhill all the way back to the finish at Meerendal, via the Hoogelegen corridor.

FMC 16 35KM WITH PROFILE

+/-62KM ROUTES WILL BE UPLOADED SHORTLY

The 60km route, with a total ascent of more than 1800m, makes use of some of the more challenging and technical trails that you will encounter on the Tygerberg Mountain Bike Clubs trail network, is aimed at the more experienced and fitter rider. This route requires both a high level of fitness, with over 1800m of climbing on the route, as well as reasonable technical skills from the rider.

The route starts at the tranquility of the Meerendal Wine Estate, winding its way through the beauty of the Meerendal and surrounding farms vineyards, including the splendid Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club Traverse, as the legs are stretched in preparation for the first big climb of the day, the climb of to the Bloemendal mast at 484m. The ascent to this mast changes for this year’s route, as after a bit of fun at Bloemendal, the climb up to the mast is via the concrete road. Thereafter a new plunge into the Hillcrest single track and the wonderful single track climb up to the Contermanskloof mast, at 454m, your second big climb of the day.

Any climbing pain will soon be lost in the memory of the fantastic trails of Contermanskloof that will eventually lead you down to another of the Tygerberg Mountain Bike trail gems… Hoogekraal. Another climb awaits you in the form of Spykers Hill, which also takes on a new shape this year with an extension down to a brand new loop that has recently been built by the TMTBC on an adjoining farm. You will literally be the first riders to ever ride this piece of magnificence, that includes sweeping, flowing descents, as well as another leg busting climb back up to the Hoogekraal mast on Hoogekraal Hill.

Home is in sight, but not before the whooping Hoogekraal descent and then the final climb of the day, the Quarry climb up to Dorstberg at Meerendal. Once summiting Dorstberg, its downhill all the way to the waiting crowds and festivity of the finish at Meerendal.

FMC 16 60KM IMAGE WITH PROFILE (1)