The Eselfontein three-day MTB Challenge starts on October 11, 2019.
The Ceres Valley, aptly named after the Greek god of agriculture, is not only home to South Africa’s apple and pear industry but stone fruit, onions and potatoes too. At Eselfontein, a Tru-Cape apple and pear grower and dairy farm, The Malherbe family have been farming for generations.
The Eselfontein Three-stage MTB and trail run is a calendar favorite for good reason: it is one of the most affordable MTB Challenges available. Not only that, it also has fundraising for local schools and homes for the aged as its primary focus.
This year the 40 Km night challenge begins at 18h00, Friday, October 11 while the grueling 55km race kicks off on Saturday, October 12 at 07h30. Sunday’s 45km challenge also starts at 07h30.
There are only 400 entries available. Organiser Janene Malherbe says that the team of two costs R2200/team while individuals pay R1200 per person. “There’s a R30 000 (in total) prize bonanza if the track record of 06:30:37 is beaten”, she says.
Deon Malherbe adds that there is free camping for all entrants and live music, on Saturday afternoon but there will be food, beverage and coffee vendors throughout the whole weekend. For younger family members there is a jumping castle and swimming pool. “We’ve arranged a bike shops and bike wash as well as secure bike parking for the festival.”, he says.
“At the age of 10 I was setting out MTB tracks on our farm and am filled with pride when I think about the staggering natural beauty we have been blessed with at Eselfontein and the thrilling downhill opportunities for everyone to enjoy.” Deon ends.
In 2020, Eselfontein is also the staging ground for the ABSA Cape Epic’s first marathon day. It has been as decade since the ABSA Cape Epic was last at Eselfontein.
This Tru-Cape sponsored event has raised over a much needed R100, 000 for local charities in the past.
Enter via https://www.entryninja.com/events/event/48102-eselfontein-mtb-stage-race
and see www.eselfontein.co.za. You can also contact Janene Malherbe 0825028810 / 0233122996 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other accommodation options please see www.ceres.org.za.