Varsity MTB Challenge – more than just one race
Varsity MTB Challenge is gearing up for its debut on 1 October, where for the first time mountain bike enthusiasts will be able to compete in a two-day stage race for their respective alma mater.
While Varsity MTB Challenge is the featured event, there will be a race within that race. Varsity Sports will host the first Varsity Sports Mountain Bike competition featuring five different universities. This means the general public will ride alongside 20 of the country’s best MTB riders, as Maties, UCT, UP-Tuks, NWU-Pukke and NMMU-Madibaz each field women and men’s teams to compete for the Varsity Sports MTB title.
“We are very excited about Varsity Sports participation in the Varsity MTB Challenge,” says Jana Arlow, Mountain Bike code manager for Varsity Sports. “Having the university teams compete in the same challenge as general public and alumni will certainly up the rivalry and camaraderie on the day.”
The Varsity MTB Challenge will bring together some of the most influential university alumni in South Africa, riding in their university colours. Riders who did not attend a university are welcome to participate by simply selecting the university that they wish to support on the day.
The two-stage route begins at Nederburg wine farm and will end at La Paris Estate on the first day. The second stage begins and ends at La Paris Estate and the route cuts across South Africa’s beautiful winelands, passing the Drakenstein Prison where the late Nelson Mandela was once held captive. The route can be viewed here.
Registration is now open to the public. For registration and entry details, click here.