There have been some significant improvements to the format of the event this year, as participants will have the option of competing in three events. In addition, men who are 60 years and older, or women who are 50 years and older that are wanting to qualify for the Rainbow Challenge Series can enter the 45km race on the Sunday only.

Traditionally a two-day event for local riders wanting to put in final preparations for the joBerg2c and sani2c stage races, the new format will now offer participants the chance to qualify for the inaugural Rainbow Challenge Final, which takes place at Cascades Mountain Bike Park in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday 28 June 2014.

Veteran mountain bikers will tussle it out in the marathon discipline for their own World Championship rainbow jersey the day prior to the 2014 UCI World Marathon Championships.

Event details:

Date: 12 April 2014

Venue: The Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng, Gauteng

  • The Rainbow Challenge Qualifier – 75km on Saturday 12 April (Click Here to read more about the Rainbow Challenge Series)
  • The Cradle Mountain Trophy – 75km on Saturday 12th and 45km on Sunday 13th April
  • The Cradle Mountain Adventure – 45km on Sunday 13 April
  • Online entries:

This is a pre-entry event only and no late entries will be accepted on race day. Online entries close on Sunday 30 March, so enter soon.

The event organisers have partnered with Gauteng Tourism and the Cradle of Humankind Management Authority, and this event will take place alongside The Cradle Cycle Festival & Expo – visit for more information.

The 75km route offers exhilarating riding, beautiful views, a few hills and much, much more, starting at 07:00. The 45km route offers even more unbelievable riding, and starts at 07:30.

For detailed route information, route profiles and maps, please click here:

Rainbow Challenge Series Calendar of Events
- Qualifiers

Rainbow Challenge - Final

  • 28 June 2014, Cascades MTB Park, Pietermaritzburg