Are you up for the challenge? If you’re looking to put pedal to the metal and get involved with the most adrenaline-filled, action-packed cycling event in the Mother City –  get your entry in for the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge which opens today!

Saturday, 3 March 2018 will see the previously two-day event merged into one as cyclists take on challenging trails designed by Dirtopia’s Meurant Botha. The 17th year of the popular event is offering something for everyone.

“Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a racing snake, you’ll love the new routes,” says David Bellairs, Marketing, Media and Sponsorship Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, organisers of the event.

What’s in store for next years cycle tour? The 20km route offers an enjoyable ride, best suited for a pedal with family and friends. Starting out fast on wide farm roads and jeep tracks, riders will enter the vineyards of the southern Klapmutskop, with several fun single-tracks and descents to follow.

If you’re more experienced, take on the 40km track up to Delvera. Riders will cross over to the Simonsberg section where some slightly more demanding mountain biking awaits. With pretty intense climbs, this route is certainly geared towards the more experienced mountain bikers.

The final, ‘real makoya’, the 60km is 5km longer than last year’s longest route and includes some big climbs. Muratie Estate will see the 60km riders veer off to take on the trails at Quoin Rock, Knorhoek and Delheim Estates before heading back to Uitkyk, where they’ll rejoin the 40km route right to the finish line.

“The Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge 60km route is a proper test with extended single-track runs and big climbs,” says Bellairs. “We have increased the distance from last year’s 55km to make sure that this medal is one that is well-deserved.”

Bellairs warns that the fields for each distance is limited, so be sure to secure your spot – entries are open, right over here.

Check out the entry fees and other relevant details for each distance below.

Photography Cape Town Cycle Tour

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