05 Feb 2013 Entries open for twelfth Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge
Entries for the 12th annual Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge are open and riders are encouraged to enter early to secure their place in this ever-popular and growing event. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge takes place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March, 2013. Boschendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch will play host to the two-day event which sees thousands of riders from across the country participating in a weekend of family fun and challenging dirt track races.
Saturday 2 March is a family-focused day that includes a 13km fun ride – perfect for novice riders and families with children – and a 29km route that is suitable for intermediate riders who seek to improve their abilities and showcase their talents.
David Bellairs, Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, says the Saturday is perfect for anyone looking for a fun day out with the whole family. “On offer is a number of family-oriented activities, great dirt track routes and the glorious setting of Boschendal Wine Estate. Family members can also take a meander through the estate as they wait for riders to finish their respective routes.”
Saturday also marks the final day of the new-look Nashua Grape Escape, which finishes at Boschendal. Friends and family members are invited to enjoy the festive atmosphere as they cheer their favourite riders home.
Fat tyre fun
Sunday 3 March is dedicated to the more experienced riders who enjoy some stiff competition. On offer are a 35km route aimed at riders who want to challenge themselves, as well as a 52km route that will test skill and endurance.
In order to cater to the extreme riders, a more intense 75km route designed by trail king Meurant Botha will challenge even the most experienced rider. David Bellairs says the aim of this new route is to give the riders competing in the Nashua Grape Escape the opportunity to ride an ultra-distance race the day after their three-day event ends, effectively turning it into a four-day stage race. “This route is very tough, so riders will have to adhere to strict seeding and ability requirements to qualify.”
There will once again be a combination medal for those riders that complete either the 52km or 75km mountain bike route as well as the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, which takes place the following weekend.
Entries close on Friday 15 February, and no late entries will be accepted.
Registration will take place over two days:
Thursday, 28 February, from 11am to 6pm, at the Limpopo Room at the River Club in Observatory.
Friday 1 March, from 11am to 6pm at the Dirtopia Trail Centre at Delvera Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.
Riders can enter now by visiting www.mtbchallenge.co.za.