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  1. Event Name: 24Hours Of Oak Valley When: 1 February 2020 - 2 February 2020 Where: Oak Valley Estate, Western Cape Category: MTB The 24Hours of Oak Valley returns… You have asked and waited for it to return...the 24Hours of Oak Valley event is back in early 2020. Camp and ride your mountain bike in Grabouw for a weekend with friends and family, while trail runners can join the 12hour. Riding around the clock in the Elgin Valley with various categories and this year the junior team option is back, where we expect a big competition. Note that VERY limited solo entries will be taken, to increase the team participation. Only pre-entries taken, so get your teams together and enter this awesome event. There will be food & drinks for sale and the ever-needed coffee stand. The venue is still a favourite with great facilities and beautiful scenery on the route and at the campsite and start/finish area! E-bikes will also be allowed to join in the fun in their own fun E-class category! The Oak Valley course, with its first half of climbing and the long descents in the second half, is ideally suited to E-bikes. The event is also a great platform to test these bikes and by introducing rules restricting the number of batteries you are allowed to use, gives everyone to see what the bikes are capable of in real-life application. See the website for the E-class rules. Dates: Saturday 1 Feb 2020 (12h00) – Sunday 2 Feb (12h00) Venue: Oak Valley Estate, Elgin Valley, Grabouw, Western Cape Format: Ride as many 10km laps as you want or can over 24hours. The trail will keep participants busy with singletrack and jeeptrack sections. The course conditions even changes over night… Trail runners must run as many 6km laps as they want or can over the 12hour period, ending at midnight. CATEGORIES for the MTB Relay: Solo - One person that rides as much as he/she wants during the 24-hour period. Open (single sex) - team of 4 riders. Mixed – team of 4 riders (A mix of male and female riders). There must be at least one person from the opposite sex to qualify as a mixed team. Juniors – team of 5 riders. All under 18. OneFourZero - team of 4 riders. Collective age 140 years +. Fun category - teams of 5-8 riders. CATEGORIES for the Trail Run: • Solo - One person that runs as much as he/she wants during the 12-hour period. • 4 Man Team –team of 4 runners Don’t miss out on this great outdoor event that offers something for everyone! For more information see the website: www.24hoursofoakvalley.co.za or www.dirtopia.co.za and email: info@dirtopia.co.za or 078 343 3572 Go to Event Page
  2. Pre-entries only accepted at dirtpass.co.za/events by 29 January. Solo entries are very limited and sell fast! Details on Fun teams of 5-8 riders, Juniors 5 riders and different ages teams of 4 and the E-bike options, can be found here: www.24hoursofoakvalley.co.za. Long-term Dirtopia partner Giant Bicycles will support the event and prizes to be rewarded to top riders in each category. Outdoor Warehouse will give all confirmed entrants discount before the event, so that you can upgrade your camping gear. To answer a few questions for 24Hour newcomers: Solos can bring an extra support crew and teams allowed two people per team. Under 10 kids camp free. No riding on the course allowed for non-entrants and day visitors will also pay a small fee to come watch the action. You can braai on a raised drum at your campsite, but there is a of course a fire danger here. If you work with gas, you’ll need an extinguisher handy. There will be some route changes, but the 11km course is a fun one, and you’ll be able to overtake slower riders. The course gets a totally different feel at night and will keep you entertained around the clock! Do order the unique event T-shirt online with your entry, as they are limited. Full rule set available on the event website, but the relay allows you to rest, eat, sleep and socialize between laps. This event will only take place again in 2022, so mountain bikers do not miss this year! There will be food & drinks for sale and the ever-needed coffee stand. The venue is still a favourite with great facilities and beautiful scenery on the route and at the campsite and start/finish area. Format: Ride as many 11km laps as you want or can over 24hours. The trail will keep participants busy with singletrack and jeeptrack sections. A few positive tweaks in the course of 2018, for those who have been riding it a few times. Categories for the MTB Relay: Solo - One person that rides as much as he/she wants during the 24 hour period. Open (single sex) - team of 4 riders. Mixed – team of 4 riders (A mix of male and female riders). There must be at least one person from the opposite sex to qualify as a mixed team. Juniors – team of 5 riders. All under 18. OneFourZero - team of 4 riders. Collective age 140 years +. Fun category - teams of 5-8 riders. Ebike categories: (see the e-bike rule set on the website) FUN-E class (5-8 riders M/F) E-Solo: Solo Men or Woman PRO-E teams: Open Fours teams M/F Format: Ride as many 10km laps as you want or can over 24hours. The trail will keep participants busy with singletrack and jeeptrack sections. The course conditions even changes over night… For any queries mail info@dirtopia.co.za and we’ll see you there!
  3. The late August date coincides with vast fields of yellow canola blossoms and lush green wheat fields, and made it a visual feast in the Overberg! 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. The Overberg region with its stunning scenery, diverse landscape and quiet dirt roads is fast-becoming a favourite destination for outdoor enthusiasts. After a morning of cycling, some participants enjoyed a dip in the restorative powers of the hot springs at the hotel spa. The event has also been a fund-raiser for the local Round Table charity that managed the marshals and refreshment stations on the routes to raise funds for their projects with the community. 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 – there are different routes to suit different fitness levels. In 2019, the event will celebrate the 10th year. For the results, visit www.trailtag.co.za or visit www.dirtopia.co.za for a calendar of upcoming events.
  4. As one of the premier venues in South Africa, Spier Wine Estate needs no introduction and has loads on offer for riders and spectators alike with wonderful food, wine, and beautiful scenery to wow the senses. The two routes chosen for this year’s challenge compliments the venue and offering perfectly. To add to the fun, a new trail run will be hosted on Saturday, 28 July to create the perfect winelands outdoor weekend. Entries are open for the mountain bike event with a 22km and a 50km to start from 8 am in various start groups. As there are fewer distance options, entries will be limited to 2000 riders, to give outdoor enthusiasts the ultimate experience. The picturesque routes will cater for beginner to intermediate riders in keeping with this year’s theme of having fun outside with friends & family. Well-known route designer, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, was involved in mountain bike routes & events at Spier since the late nineties knows the area well. “This year we’ll focus on the fun take for mountain bikers and even beginners and the younger crowd can enjoy this stunning area of Stellenbosch. We wanted to take a break from the annual format to give us enough time to develop a new rider offering for 2019. That said, the Spier venue and route offerings are sure to be very popular and we’re sure that it has the potential to grow into a stand-alone weekend. ” says Botha. Route descriptions: The 22km is the perfect beginners route with under 300m of climbing on mostly open dirt roads and tracks. The route follows 70% of the standard annual 30km challenge route and riders can expect a fast course.There is one waterpoint just after midway stocked with water, Powerade and Coke, as well as fruits and a basic bike workshop. You’ll ride through vineyards orchards and large stretches of fynbos and can expect beautiful views of the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains. The 50km mirrors the 2017 route with of course the exclusion of the town based route sections. To make up for these excluded sections we are adding routing on the southwestern side of the course, including more riding in the Vlaeberg area. To the best of our knowledge, these additional routes have never been used in a mountain event before. It is in the Vlaeberg area that riders will reach the first of 3 water stations at 20km, after quite a few rolling hills that are sure to be the cause of some thirst. The Stellenbosch Hills farms will ensure for a festive stop with wine tasting planned, among other treats. The views from the 1st half of the course are stunning with wide vistas of the Western Cape on offer. After the 2nd stop in the Polkadraai area, riders descend back to Vlottenburg and Spier for the final 15km of flatter riding. A final water station with around 10km to go means that there is ample support on route for those that are a little more challenged on the day. With around 800m of climbing the route can be considered as fairly easy and non-technical. Riders can expect well-stocked refreshment stations, technical support on route and of course all finishers get a special commemorative medal. At the finish carnival there will be kids entertainment, food & drink, and a lucky draw with loads of prizes, including a Giant Bicycles mountain bike, to be won! Entries will close by the 17th of July or as soon as the entry limit is reached. Note that each route has an entry cap. Order a unique once-off event long sleeve t-shirt or hoody with your entry. This is a CSA Sanctioned event and CSA membership is required to start in the first starting group per distance. If you do not have CSA membership and would like to start in the first group, please contact CSA and get your membership before entering. See website for route profiles and more information: www.stellenboschmtbchallenge.co.za DATE: Sunday, 29 July 2018 VENUE: Spier Wine Estate TIME: 50km start at 08h00, 22km start at 08h40 DISTANCES:22km funride for children & novices. 50km funride for intermediate For more information, contact Dirtopia Trail Centre 0218844752 or info@dirtopia.co.za
  5. A very affordable entry fee of only R150 per person, makes this the perfect event to do some training, while socializing with friends and family at this beautiful Winelands venue. This year, a separate 5km route will be marked for trail runners that would also like to run between vineyards and on the singletrack trails. Various categories for teams of four and teams of two with prizes to the top three in each category including the solo male & female riders & runners. It is not necessary for team members to ride in sequence and one team member can do as many consecutive laps as they like. There should however not be more than a four-lap difference between the rider with the most laps and the rider with the least number of laps at the end of the event. The route is easy enough for riders across all levels and fast laps will ensure lots of activity in the transition area. There is a lot of entertainment on the farm for kids like go-karts, games & soft play toys to name a few. Dirtopia Café will be open for breakfast, lunch, tapas, coffee and even cold beers. Dirtopia bike shop & Trail Centre has spares, clothing and energy snacks & drinks. At the start/finish will be Powerade for the riders. Prizes to be won from sponsors like Giant, Cape Storm, Falke and wine of the Simonsberg farms. Conservancy permit included. Timing will be done by Amarider Trail Tag that gives live results. For Dirtopia entries and updated event information, email entries@dirtpass.co.za call Dirtopia Trail Centre on 021 884 4752 for further event enquires. Entries close on Thursday, 14 June 2018 and only pre-entries will be accepted on www.dirtopia.co.za
  6. The 2017 winner Eric Kleinhans was also the first winner of the event 10 years ago in the most difficult conditions of strong winds & rain. Last year he raced at an average speed of 28.81 to finish in a record time of 5:33:16 in near perfect conditions. To get the medal at the finish line is bucket list material! Why the Amarider 100 Miler? It’s accessible. With the start and finish in Malmesbury you don’t have to bother with transport and you can drive to the start in the morning.Price. Shop around, this race offers great value and your entry fee includes on-route breakfast and lunch points. Support. Apart from a large race support contingent, your supporters can assist you at 4 easy to reach spectator points on the day. This makes it perfect for your family and friends to be part of the day and allows you to break your effort into achievable segments. Route. The route consists predominantly of flowing and fast-rolling dirt road. With 1920m of climbing over the day, it certainly is not flat but very few riders struggle to make the cut-off. The cause. Proceeds of the race go towards Amarider’s advocacy efforts and over the past years have made projects like the recent opening of new trails on Table Mountain possible. For catering purposes and general planning, there will ONLY be pre-entries available for the event and entries are limited. Riders can ride as solo competitors or form 4-person (non-relay) teams and enjoy a day out with mates in the saddle. The team results will be based on the 4th rider crossing the line thereby encouraging teamwork and camaraderie. Open and Mixed team trophies are awarded. For the less daring, a shorter 50 Miler (80km) race option is available. It starts at the halfway mark at Riebeeck Kasteel and ends with the 100 Miler riders at the Malmesbury Showgrounds. There will be a shuttle available (at an extra fee) in the morning running from the finish to the start at Delico, Riebeeck Kasteel, but must be booked in advance. This event provides an opportunity for riders keen to get a taste of endurance riding and experience the 2nd half of the 100 Miler route option. The event will use the Amarider Trail Tag system and riders will tag in and out at various check points along the route. Trail Tags are compulsory, and riders must either rent or buy one. Another great aspect of this event is that the Trail Tag system offers live timing and riders can check results on www.trailtag.co.za upon finishing. Are you ready to test your mountain bike fitness levels on this challenging endurance event? The finish area has a social vibe and offers stalls with great food & drinks so stick around for a beer afterwards, you’ll deserve it after completing this tough race. Only pre-entries are accepted at: www.amarider100miler.co.za For further information email info@amarider.co.za or info@dirtopia.co.za or call 021 884 4752
  7. Registration start on Friday 2 Feb at Dirtopia Trail Centre & Bikeshop with Dirtopia Café being open until 7pm with live music, food & drinks. At registration, riders get an event sweatband, a bottle of wine and Squirt samples. Riders are treated to a breakfast snack & coffee every morning before heading on the 40km or 60km routes. Riders can choose their distance each day, but prize money is on the full long routes on both days. The neutral zone at the start is lead by race director Meurant Botha from 7h15 every day. The well-stocked refreshment stations have food, snacks are supported by BOS. The route on day 1 uses most of the Klapmuts trail network and the long route also get to do new singletrack sections on Uitkyk. Day 2 is a dream for singletrack junkies to Simonsberg with the famous Never Say Never Ending trail being extended. There will be technical zones at the water points and marshals provided by Jan Kriel school as a fundraiser. At the finish line, there is a bike park and bike cleaning service, showers, massage area, beer on tap and lunch is served before prizegiving. Families are welcome to join with free kiddies entertainment and the Café will be open all day. For all the route profiles, descriptions, info and to enter visit www.fairtreecontour.co.za.
  8. This Sunday, 28 January you can ride as many 10km laps as you want, or can - during the 12Hour team relay presented by Dirtopia from Delvera farm. The route is an easy, but challenging course with some ascents in the vineyard, a few singletrack sections and great views of the Winelands. To see the route profile, rules and info, visit www.dirtopia.co.za and only pre-entries are taken from www.dirtpass.co.za. Riders can enter a team of 4 riders or two riders, or do it solo (for more freedom)! It is not necessary for team members to ride in sequence and one team member can do as many consecutive laps as they like. There should however not be more than a four lap difference between the rider with the most laps and the rider with the least number of laps at the end of the event.The start is from 6h30 and live timing is done by Trail Tag and included in the entry fee. Wear the watch-like tag on you right wrist and tag at the reader every time you pass through the finish line after the lap. Prizegiving will take place shortly after the 18h30 cut-off. Only pre-entries are taken so get your teams together - categories include: Open, Mixed and Junior. Cost is from only R200 per rider. Dirtopia Café will serve coffee, breakfast & lunch, snacks, cold drinks all day long. Family are welcome to come support & watch and there is free kiddies entertainment too. Zebonkey beers are on tap that is made on Delvera farm.The 24Hours of Oak Valley will take place in April this year, with entries opening soon. This is a taster for teams and riders that like this format of mountain biking. For info mail admin@dirtopia.co.za or call Dirtopia Trail Centre & Bikeshop at 0218844752.
  9. In true Dirtopia style, the vibe is laid-back. There is no hustling into the start chute and jostling for position. It is about getting out on your bike and enjoying the countryside. In this case, the countryside is particularly easy to enjoy. Caledon in spring is characterised by vast, rolling fields of bright yellow canola blossoms, interspersed with blankets of green wheat. The route is predominantly open farm roads, with a few fun sections of single track. Ideal for clearing out the cobwebs and getting back into the swing of covering ground on a mountain bike, and we couldn’t have hoped for better conditions, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures. Day 1: 57 km 1 050 metres ascent The first day took us in a loop from the start at the Caledon Hotel and Casino under the N2 highway towards Greyton. The first and only truly nasty climb of the event, “Jean se Bult” hit us head on twenty kilometres in. This ploughed straight up the side of the hill on corrugated stubble: no smooth, comfortable switchbacks here. It quickly thinned out the field. After a fast steep descent, we were back onto rolling farm roads, before tackling another long steady climb. Things got a bit interesting on the ensuing descent: a couple of sneaky ruts lay in wait to claim the front wheel of careless riders, from the squealing brakes around me, I wasn't the only one fighting to hold a line. The remainder of the route hugged the skirts of the mountains alongside the N2, undulating rather painfully. After two hours on the bike, my legs were sending a clear message to say they were quite happy with the ride so far and would like to stop now. The route had other plans. We crossed the N2 tantalisingly close to the finish at Caledon Casino and promptly headed out in the opposite direction until once again we were lost in the peaceful quiet of yellow and green fields. After feeling the stab of one or two more sharp climbs it was time to head for home and the lure of an ice-cold Coke at the finish. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock Day 2: 58.5 km 1000 metres ascent The second day saw us loop out in the opposite direction towards Tesselaarsdal and the escarpment. A highlight for me was riding through the wind farm: right underneath the massive turbines. They may not be to everyone’s taste: but I find them strangely soothing and beautiful against the backdrop of the yellow fields. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock The climbing today was gradual: undulating hills with plenty of fast open gravel descents to rest the legs. Once again, the perfect conditions meant it was a pleasure to be on the bike with good company and even better views.The toughest climb of the day was a somewhat sandy stretch up to a singletrack section that winds along the escarpment with the most breathtaking views of the green patchwork of the Hemel en Aarde Valley spread out below. There are few rocky sections, and fast sandy turns to keep you on your toes, before you weave your way back to the farmlands to tackle a few more rolling hills. Once again, my legs were protesting, and it was a case of knuckling down and spinning to the finish while enjoying the views and the warmth of the early spring sun. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock Find out more All the images from the event are available here: http://www.photosport.co.za/ Results can be found here: https://www.trailtag.co.za/
  10. The fun-filled weekend will be presented by Bike Hub at The Caledon Casino, Hotel, Spa and Entertainment and caters to both amateur and advanced mountain bikers and trail runners of all ages. Those who prefer not to get their hands dirty can opt for spa treatments and delicious meals instead. “We are looking forward to yet another successful Staalwater Mountain Bike Challenge and Trail Run this year. The Caledon, which is a launch pad for a stunning array of outdoor and adventure activities in the area, is proud to be associated with the Staalwater event,” says Marketing Manager, Ailsa van Wyk at The Caledon. Meurant Botha from Dirtopia, the organisers says, “The event is for everyone, from those who are serious about their sport, to those who are keen to enjoy some outdoor activity with their friends and families in a beautiful setting. The local charity Round Table will do fundraising by supplying marshals for the routes and managing the waterpoints." "Day 1 is generally tougher than Day 2 with both 40km and 60km route options having roughly 250m of additional climbing on the Saturday. Remember you can do either day or both with any permutation of distances. The 2nd day also offers a 15km option for the less fit.” continued Botha. Prizemoney is up for grabs by the winners of the long-distance stage race too! Pre-enter online by the 16th of August to receive some goodies at registration too. The profiles and full route info is available on the website. At only R400 for the Staalwater MTB Challenge long routes, it is the most affordable 2-day mountain bike outing on the calendar, with riders free to choose their accommodation and meal options to fit their budgets. 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. For more information on the venue, visit, www.thecaledon.co.za or event info on www.dirtopia.co.za. Registration opens at Dirtopia trail Centre on Friday, 18 August 08h00 with breakfast and lunch specials at Dirtopia Café. Call 0218844752 or email info@dirtopia.co.za
  11. In the 75km invitational race, Marco Joubert took the overall win in a time of 3 hours 9 minutes with Carmen Buchacher first in the ladies race. The 60km winner was young Stellenbosch rider, Rossouw Bekker, and Kate Slegrova in the ladies. Great reports from riders about this great family outdoor event were received and medals were proudly displayed on social media. The finish carnival had a Spur kids area, massages, a beer tent, bikepark facility and various other stalls to browse. Families and friends could gather with food & drink and talk about their day on the bike before the prize giving and the lucky draw. Medi-Clinic personnel treated only 31 patients in total at the van der Stel finish venue, of which one was sent to Mediclinic Stellenbosch by ambulance. Three other riders were advised to go to the hospital as well. Various development riders were supported by the event which also contributed to the Simonsberg Conservancy and the local community that provided marshal services. Riders could get discounts at various restaurants and wineries all weekend and many stayed in local guesthouses to enjoy the hospitality. “With much respect to our partner sponsors, we doubt if there is any bigger mountain bike event in the world without a title sponsor” said race director Meurant Botha. We would like to thank our partner at Adventure Shop, the local authorities, community, and everyone that supported the event this year. For overall results of the other distances, 50km, 42km, 30km and 15km, visit the event Facebook page or see the provisional timed results on www.trailtag.co.za. Visit www.stellenboschmtbchallenge.co.za for more event info and queries. The next Dirtopia event takes place in Caledon on the 19th and 20th of September: Staalwater MTB Challenge, but you can also enter the next Stellenbosch family funride on the 1st of October at Nooitgedacht Estate: Spur MTB Classic. Contact Dirtopia Trail Centre & Bikeshop at info@dirtopia.co.za or 0218844752 for any enquiries.
  12. Late entries are open online until Wednesday, 26 July until 12h00 for credit card payments only. After that, late entries for all distances, will be accepted at the following venues & times: REGISTRATION (Collection of race numbers) Thursday, 27 July (Dirtopia Trail Centre, R44, Stellenbosch): 12h00-18h30Friday, 28 July (Sports Science Institute Conference Centre, Newlands): 12h00 – 18h30 Saturday, 29 July (van der Stel Sportgrounds, Stellenbosch): 09h00 – 13h00 No late entries or changes to entries will be accepted on the event morning. So many of the Stellenbosch wine farms and businesses are giving discount to the riders when they show their racenumber on the weekend! See the list of specials on the website. The event also supports the local communities that provide marshalling services and offer development entries to riders in need. The finish at Van Der Stel Sportsground in Stellenbosch will have Spur kids entertainment area with food & drink vendors, massages and other retail stalls. All finishers receive a medal and there are wonderful prizes to be won, including accommodation and restaurant vouchers and of course, various bottles of Stellenbosch wine. A Giant Revel bike is also up for grabs in the lucky draw, as well as a Thule bikerack from the Stellenbosch shop! Well stocked refreshment stations will be available on all routes, while Coke is setting up a massive drinks station at the finish. Medi-Clinic and ER24 will offer professional medical support on the day. Please see the website for road closures, cut-off, and spectator points. There will be a bike park at the finish where you can book in your bike at a nominal fee. There are six distances to choose from: the 75 km (invitation race), 60 km, 50 km, 42 km, as well as the 30km and 15km fun rides. Routes cross more than 60 farms in the winelands region, making it a spectacular event that everyone can enjoy. Make sure you enter the correct distance, and remember that the new 50 km is an easier route than the 42 km! Please read the FAQ’s on the website where you’ll find all the route info. For all details visit www.stellenboschmtbchallenge.co.za. Also make use of the wonderful winter accommodation specials on offer in Stellenbosch, to spend the weekend in this beautiful town. Be part of this outdoor event and have a wonderful day with friends & family on the Stellenbosch trails! Contact Dirtopia at info@dirtopia.co.za or 0218844752 for any enquiries.
  13. With few entries left for the Stellenbosch MTB Challenge, now is the time to make sure you’ll be part of the action! Visit www.stellenboschmtbchallenge.co.za as entries are limited and will close when full. All pre-entries stand a chance of winning a 2 night stay at the Oude Werf Hotel worth R3500. Entries close on the 19th of July. There are six distances to choose from: the 75 km (invitation race), 60 km, 50 km, 42 km, as well as the 30km and 15km fun rides. Routes cross more than 60 farms in the winelands region, making it a spectacular event that everyone can enjoy. Riders must also order the event long sleeve T-shirt or unique design hoody while making the entry payment, as these garments are very limited this year. Make sure you enter the correct distance, and remember that the new 50 km is an easier route than the 42 km! Please read the FAQ’s on the website, especially regarding seeding for top riders. If you have not participated in any of the seeding events, you need to send us a request with recent MTB event results by the 19th of July. The 15 km and 30 km fun rides are seeded according to date of entry. The finish carnival at Van Der Stel Sportsgrounds will have a Spur kids area, massages, a beer tent, showers and lots of food stalls! All finishers receive a medal and there are wonderful prizes to be won, including accommodation and restaurant vouchers and of course, various bottles of Stellenbosch wine. A Giant Revel bike is also up for grabs in the Lucky Draw! Well stocked refreshment stations will be available on all routes managed by Sportsmans Warehouse, Avis Van Rental and Powerade, while Coke is setting up a massive drinks station at the finish. There will be no bikewash this year, for obvious reasons. Medi-Clinic and ER24 will offer professional medical support on the day. Please see the website for road closures, cut-off and spectator points. There will be a bike park at the finish where you can book in your bike for a nominal fee. See the wonderful accommodation specials on the website in Stellenbosch, so book now to spend the weekend in these beautiful winelands town. Dirtopia Trail Lodge on Delvera has a winter special with less 15% on weekends and midweek bargains. You can also rent a bike from Dirtopia Trail Centre to ride the event. Dirtopia’s bikeshop will be at the start to assist with minor adjustments, but get your bike in for a service before the event. Dirtopia Café on Delvera farm has various winter warmer specials, especially during the event week for mountain bikers. Contact Dirtopia at info@dirtopia.co.za or 0218844752 for any enquiries.
  14. On 2 April the first round will be held from Uitkyk Wine Estate on Simonsberg trails. This mountain offers a lot of options and route designer Meurant Botha will give participants four stages for the day. The Enduro events are geared for mountain bikers that enjoy singletrack and are fit enough to ride uphills, but more importantly like riding downhills fast. Therefore more adrenalin junkies like downhillers enjoy this discipline of the sport, but the lady participation is growing and young riders are enjoying it too. Riders are only timed on certain stages, which are mostly downhill singletrack. The routes are not that technical, but when done at high speeds, do get tricky. There are normally on average four special stages in a day of the event (sometimes five), and riders go to the start of the next stage in ‘neutral’ or ‘liaison’ sections. This creates a social atmosphere and gatherings at the refreshment station, as no-one is in a hurry. Pre-entries only are taken, so visit http://www.dirtopia.co.za to enter online. The total distances do not matter, as the anaerobic exercise you get is enough to tire the fittest of riders. Timing is done with Amarider Trail Tags and times are live on raceday. Although there are prizes for the top males & females and medals for all, the event is about pure mountain bike riding. Product sponsors include Sram, Leatt, Giant bicycles and Flake socks. Dirtopia has organised about 12 Enduro events since 2012. Fees start at R350 per rider that includes the permit, refreshment stations with fruit, Powerade, jellies etc and marked stages. Other venues include Welvanpas, Helderberg trails, Delvera and Delheim. Upcoming dates: 14 May, 10 June, 13 August, 3 September, 12 November. Call the Trail Centre at 0218844752 for any queries or mail admin @dirtopia.co.za
  15. With six events scheduled until November, mountain bikers that enjoy the Enduro concept have a lot to look forward to! Dirtopia’s Enduro events makes room for new comers to the discipline with fun trails to ride at all the events. Click here to view the article
  16. Huge praise from riders for the routes and general atmosphere at the start finish situated from Delvera farm near Stellenbosch. And the racing was top class too! Team Topeak-Ergon dominated the men category with Ariane Luthi the winner of the ladies race and Queen of the Mountain on day 1. Ester Suss raced hard for second place with a sprint finish on the second stage, but took the Queen of the Mountain on Sunday. And local girl Mari Rabie with a comfortable third spot overall. Jeremiah Bishop took the overall mens win with Christopher Wolhuter in second place and Domnik Buksa taking third overall. The King of the mountain trophies went to Jeremiah on day one and Kristian Hynek on day two. The first stage was a brand-new route and apart from various single-track sections around Klapmutskop, most of the routing was on farm roads and made for fast riding that started on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg between Klapmuts and Simondium. Day2 brought more than 25km of singletrack that included Meurant Botha’s now famous ‘Never say never ending again’ trail that climbs to top of Simonsberg. BOS Sport supported the refreshment stations as hydration and riders were also treated with snacks on route like fruit, meatballs, jellies and even sandwiches. At the finish line facilities included showers, lunch, a free beer, massage servies, kiddies entertainment and on Sunday a trial bike show from Dylan Victor. This coming weekend of 11 & 12 February will see the first Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Trail Run from Delvera with a choice of 12km or 25km routes. A fun 7km route on Sunday for runners that can only participate one day. For full results, visit www.trailtag.co.za and more info on the event visit www.dirtopia.co.za For queries, contact Dirtopia at info@dirtopia.co.za or 021 884 4752
  17. After the devastating fire of January 2016, the inaugural Fairtree Simonsberg Contour MTB stage race overcame serious challenges and presented riders with a premier winelands riding experience. This past weekend of 4 & 5 February 2017, Fairtree Capital in collaboration with the Simonsberg Conservancy, landowners and Stellenbosch event organisers Dirtopia, presented riders with the 2nd edition of ‘The Fire Ride’ where riders got a chance to experience the recovering Simonsberg Conservancy. Click here to view the article
  18. The aim for day 1 is to create a faster and technically easier day before Sunday’s single-track extravaganza. In a complete redesign of last year’s first stage, riders will head northeast and explore the farms on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg between Klapmuts and Simondium. Riders who participated in the 2016 Absa Cape Epic will catch glimpses of the final day’s Stage 7 as riders cross from Boschendal to Delvera. Apart from various single-track sections around Klapmutskop, most of the routing is on farm roads and will make for fast riding. In terms of elevation, long route riders can expect a relatively easy day with around 1280m of climbing according to Google Earth, with a distance of 58km. Short route riders can expect around 950m of climbing for the 40km option. Just note that the route does not take in the more technical blue/black single-track on Klapmutskop. On day 2 the route heads into the trails with the Contour being the only event that utilises the ‘Never Say Neverending Again’ Trail in the Simonsberg, that at 10km is one of the longest continuous pieces of trail in the Western Cape and offers unsurpassed views of the Boland and Peninsula. ‘We have also added more flow in the Knorhoek region of Day 2’s route to eliminate some of the stinging ascents and replacing them with single-track. We are also excited to announce that Distell’s Groenhof Farm is becoming part of the permanent trail network and that we’ll be launching new single-track with the 2017 Contour” continues Botha. With more than 26km of single-track on Day 2, just shy of 50% of the days riding will be on the narrow stuff! Race distance for day two is approximately 57km and elevation between 1500 and 1600m. Due to the high volume of single-track, rider numbers to this race are limited to ensure a premium rider experience, so do not delay to get your entries in as only pre-entries are taken. Nicknamed “TheFireRide” after the inaugural event in 2016, the start & finish are at the Agri-tourism village of Delvera just outside Stellenbosch. The region is famous for its top wines and beautiful trails, views, and spectacular scenery. All entrants are treated at registration with a free T-shirt, race, event sweatband, bottle of Delheim or Muratie wine and a breakfast snack with coffee/tea on race mornings. At the finish line, they can look forward to a free bike wash, craft beer, lunch, massage, warm shower and chill out areas with even kiddies entertainment. BOS Sport will support the refreshment stations as hydration partner on the routes and at the finish line for both weekends. Top riders like Team Spur’s Ariane Luthi are already entered with many other top pros also expected to make an appearance as they start preparing for the stage race season. Fairtree Capital added: "We are very proud to be associated with the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour and are very excited to welcome riders for the second edition of the ‘Fire Ride’. After recently testing the trails ourselves, we can attest that the Dirtopia team and the landowners have done an incredible job in preparing the trails and that all participants are in for two fantastic days of mountain biking!” Trail runners get their own two-day stage race on the 11th & 12th of February, with daily 25km and 12km options. Runners will also love the singletrack in the Simonsberg Conservancy and vineyard trails, with a fun short route of 7km added on the Sunday morning. The same offering of T-shirt, wine, food and entertainment will be available for runners too! Entries and all for all events on www.dirtopia.co.za or contact Dirtopia Trail Centre on Delvera at info@dirtopia.co.za or 021 884 4752
  19. Riders that are fortunate enough to be part of the second Fairtree Simonsberg Contour two-day stage race on 4 & 5 February, will have a special experience on the trails, prepared by route designer Meurant Botha of Dirtopia. “The route team has been working hard to finalise the first stage for the 2017 Contour” says Botha. Click here to view the article
  20. The rider or team in each category that completes the most 11 km laps in the 24 hour period wins, although most participants just go for the socializing and do get some sleep rather than riding through the night. The course has singletrack and jeep track which keeps the riders busy, especially during the night when the course takes on a different feel. The loop caters for all level riders and has around 250 metres of climbing, with 2/3rds singletrack and over half of that is forested! Non-riders can join in the fun by supporting the participants at the transition zone. Entry fees vary per category, but start from around R300 per rider which includes camping, support crew, riding, goody bag, drinks, medals, and charging stations for lights & batteries. There will be food, coffee & drinks for sale and other facilities include showers, flushing toilets, and massages. Bring the kids – they’ll love playing on the lawns and jumping castle. Campsites are not reserved, and work on a first come, first served basis. Spectators will pay a R50 day fee to enter the event area and extra campers will pay R100 for Saturday night, but official support crew (two per team or Solo) are allowed to camp free. Gates for camping & registration opens 7am Saturday morning. Dirtopia has organized more than twenty five 24-hour events since 2003, but this venue offers the most for riders & campers alike. Some riders will use the event as training, some will race to win, and others will just be there to chill with their friends. What a great outdoor way to start the year and get back that holiday feeling! Entries will close on Monday, 23 January 2017 at midnight. Go to www.dirtopia.co.za to enter and or more information or email: info@dirtopia.co.za or call the Dirtopia Trail Centre at 021 884 4752
  21. Riders from the Cape Town & Boland areas will be gathering their camping gear for an enjoyable two days in Grabouw this weekend, 28 & 29th of January 2017. The 24Hours of Oak Valley, presented by Bike Hub, will take place from 12h00 on Saturday and riders can enter in various categories of teams of four. The Solo category is limited, but there is also a fun team category where 5 to 8 riders can do the relay. But hurry, as only pre-entries are accepted. Click here to view the article
  22. Visit the Cape Winelands where you can get spoiled with outdoor activities, as the trails on offer near Stellenbosch will not disappoint. Dirtopia is known for mountain bike and trail run events, but can now offer everyone a bit of entertainment every day of the week. Click here to view the article
  23. Dirtopia Trail Centre and Café is situated on Delvera farm that is open every day from 8am. Here you can get your permits for marked mountain bike and hike trails on the farm and in the Simonsberg region. Don’t have a bike on your holiday? No problem, rent a Giant front or dual suspension from the Trail Centre and they even deliver in the Boland area. Guesthouses in Stellenbosch and surrounds make use of this service often. Bike rental prices from only R200 excluding permits. The Trail Centre also serves as a shop, selling outdoor clothing from Cape Storm and socks from Falke brands amongst others. Stock up on bike accessories & tools and even trail snacks and drinks. As Dirtopia Bicycleshop is now situated inside the Trail Centre, the rental bikes are well taken care off and there are Giant bikes for sale as well. Go have a look – any size can be ordered. Dirtopia Café next door to the Trail Centre has free Wifi and serve breakfast all day. The Barrista will make you great coffee and the restaurant is also fully licenced for lunch. Kids play area in the garden and even go-karts in the farm shed. Go enjoy a Trail Burger, steak, salad or cheese & meat platter. The Café has a separate conference area, so your group can book snack platters or visit for an idea of an outside function venue. Kids parties welcome! Looking for something adventurous to do on New Year’s Eve? Then book for the Sunset Hike on the 31st of Dec and get served sparkling wine to toast the last of 2016. Be there between 5pm and 6.30pm to start your walk. On the 11th and 12th of January there Falke Full Moon hikes takes place from the Trail Centre as well. Book a room in the Trail Lodge to enjoy all the activities without driving anywhere! The Lodge has three star rating with a big swimming pool, DSTV and breakfast at the café. Also on Delvera: craft beer tasting, olive tasting, wine shop, pottery, conservancy and bootcamp. Visit the Dirtopia social media pages for updates and look out for earlier opening times in the summer. The Simonsberg trails are marked and permits can also be obtained from Muratie or Delheim wine estates. The 2017 calendar of events are on the website: www.dirtopia.co.za Dirtopia means: Utopia of Dirt - so go ‘discover the soul of singletrack’. Contact the Trail Centre at info@dirtopia.co.za or call 0218844752.
  24. Route designer Meurant Botha from Dirtopia, says: ‘We are now shifting our attention to adding more flow in the Knorhoek region of Day 2’s route to eliminate some of the stinging ascents and replacing them with singletrack. We are also excited to announce that Distell’s Groenhof Farm is becoming part of the permanent trail network and that we’ll be launching new singletrack with the 2017 Contour.” With more than 26km of singletrack on Day 2, just shy of 50% of the days riding will be on the narrow stuff! Race distance for day two is approximately 56km and elevation between 1500 and 1600m. Because there is so much singletrack, rider numbers to this race is limited to 600 entries to ensure a premium rider experience, so do not delay to get your entries in as they will certainly sell out. In the new year, the trail team be moving the work to Day 1’s route with an announcement with more details on the revised stage to follow. Exciting news for trail runners is that a two-day stage race on the 11th & 12th of February has been created with a 25km and 12km option. Runners will also be treated to singletrack in the Simonsberg Conserancy and vineyard trails, with a fun short route of 7km on the Sunday morning. Entries are open for all events on www.dirtopia.co.za BOS Sport will support the refreshment stations as hydration partner on the routes and at the finish line for both weekends. Participants can look forward to breakfast, lunch, medals, massage services, kiddies entertainment areas and great facilities like showers & beer and wine stalls at the start/finish. For more info, contact Dirtopia at info@dirtopia.co.za or 021 884 4752
  25. Scheduled of 4 & 5 February 2017, the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour MTB stage race is the only event that utilises the Never Say Neverending Again Trail in the Simonsberg and for the past month the team has focused on getting the trail in prime condition for the race. This 10km singletrack is one of the longest continuous pieces of trail in the Western Cape and offers unsurpassed views of the Boland and Peninsula. Click here to view the article
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