You can now enter for the Van Loveren Java MTB Challenge in October this year, with an option to bike, run or just join the fun.

The annual Van Loveren Java MTB Challenge is taking place in Robertson on Saturday, 1 October and offers a range of activities that will lure the whole family out to the winelands. The day will not only offer mountain biking but also a trail running competition through the vineyards and into the mountains, as well as food stalls, music and of course wine.

The centre of activity is once again Van Loveren Family Vineyards, about 90 minutes drive from Cape Town. You can enter one of four MTB routes varying between 8 and 85km, as well as a 10km trail run.  All entrants will receive medals upon completion of the chosen activity, and they are also giving away prizes and lucky draws to the value of over R40 000.

The 8km route is an easy, non-technical fun ride that’s suitable for children and perfect for families to do together. The 20km is ideal for beginners and lies mostly along a jeep track with some single track. It’s not very technical and only covers 250m in elevation. The 45km is suitable for an intermediate level of experience, taking riders over elevation variance of 800m.

The 85km route however, is grueling and should be attempted only by very experienced riders. It covers virgin territory following the commissioning of a new route last year, and custom-built single tracks. The 1600m elevation will challenge even the most seasoned riders.

All riders with a Racetec chip will be timed.

The trail run takes participants across the Breede River, through vineyards and along the Elandsberg Mountain.  Although only 10km in length, the 350m variance in elevation and rocky terrain is sure to test runners’ endurance. The trail run is a self-timed event, so no race chip is needed.

By entering the events, you’ll be supporting very worthy causes. The Java MTB Challenge is a fundraising platform for local schools and charitable organisations that assist with organising and logistics on the day.  Beneficiaries for this year’s event are Robertson Primary School, Robertson Preparatory School, Goudmyn Rural School and Wakkerstroom Rural School.

Head over to javamtb.co.za to enter.

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