Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team set for Stellenbosch’s iconic Fedhealth MTB Challenge!

The Stellenbosch based Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team will be seen in action at the 6th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge that will take place at the scenic Blaauwklippen Wine Estate (Stellenbosch) on Sunday 12 September 2021.

“The Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team started in 2008 and we currently have 13 riders (12 male and one female) between the ages of 22 – 30,” says Chris Norton, Team Manager.  “We have a mountain biking coach (Corrie Muller), a doctor (Pierre Viviers), a Bike Technician (Luan Smit) and a gym instructor (Gemma Haywood).  We train most days and gym on Wednesdays. Dr Pierre looks after the medical needs of the riders at Stellenbosch University Health.  Corrie puts out a weekly program that the guys follow, Luan does our bike set up and Gemma is in charge of strength training and conditioning.”

“Our riders absolutely love the Fedhealth MTB Challenge,” continues Norton.  “The event literally takes place in our backyard (referring to Stellenbosch), and every year the experience is different.  We are thankful for the support that we receive from the organisers of the Fedhealth MTB Challenge.  By taking part in the event the riders can work on their racing skill.  We have had very little opportunity to compete this year, so we are really looking forward to building on our fitness and experience at the Fedhealth MTB Challenge as part of our preparation for larger stage races.”

Kayamandi based Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team riders Luyanda Thobigunya (24) and Sive Boyce (24) are counting down the days to the Fedhealth MTB Challenge.

According to Luyanda Thobigunya, he’s attracted to the sport of mountain biking because he enjoys the outdoors.  “I love escaping daily life and doing what I love most.  I can’t wait to experience the rush of racing again, while testing myself against competition.  My goal is to win.”

“I love being on my bike in the mountains,” says Sive Boyce.  “I am only just starting to race.  By taking part in the Fedhealth MTB Challenge I will be gaining experience.  My goal will be to finish strong.”


EVENT INFORMATION2021 Fedhealth MTB Challenge 

Saturday 11 September 2021 

Venue:  Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Event: 15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Fun Ride)
Time: 08:00
Entry Fee: R195.00 per rider
Event & Time: Fedhealth MTB Challenge Kids Eventnot timed

·         500m / 1 – 5 years of age / 10:00

·         1.5km / 6 – 9 years of age / 10:30

·         5km / 10 – 13 years of age / 11:00

Entry Fee: R100.00


Sunday 12 September 2021

Venue:  Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Event: +- 60km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Marathon)
Time: 08:00
Entry Fee: R425.00 per rider (excludes CSA License)
Event: +-28km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Half Marathon)
Time: 08:45
Entry Fee: R325.00 per rider (excludes CSA License)
Entries Close: Monday 06 September 2021, or once capacity has been reached.

FREE ENTRY: Fedhealth members can enter free of charge – simply by typing in their membership number when entering online!


EXCITING NEWS All entrants will receive an exclusive event t-shirt (Fedhealth MTB Challenge Kids Event included) while medals will be awarded to all finishers!


PRIZE PURSE:  The 6th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge will boast a whopping R30 000 prize purse for the Marathon (+-60km).  The Overall Men’s and Women’s winners will each take home R5000, with R3000 going to second place and R2000 to third place.  A percentage of the prize purse will also be allocated to the top three finishers in the following categories:  Senior Men and Women, Sub Vet Men and Women, Vet Men and Women, Master Men and Women and Grandmaster Men and Women.  To view the Prize Purse Breakdown visit:  https://www.stillwatersports.com/fedhealth-mtb-challenge-prize-purse/


CHARITY SUPPORT The Fedhealth MTB Challenge proudly supports The Kindness Collaboration.  Founded by Fedhealth and Operation Healing Hands (OHH), The Kindness Collaboration focuses on supporting South Africans who cannot afford quality medical care.  Mountain bikers can make a donation towards the cause when entering the event online.  For more information or to make a direct donation towards The Kindness Collaboration CLICK HERE


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For more information or to enter the Fedhealth MTB Challenge, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com


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