1 May 2021 | Paarl’s Official Mountain Bike Challenge
The historic town of Paarl in the Western Cape is a well-known tourist destination in South Africa. Known for some of the best wine, restaurants, historical sites and the location of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, to name a few.
Over the past three years Paarl has also grown in popularity as an adventure destination with hiking and canoeing a few of the great outdoor activities on offer in Drakenstein. It is however the development of a network of trails for trail running and mountain biking that has become one of the biggest attractions to this amazing adventure destination. The Paarl Adventure Trail Network consists of close to 200 kilometers of custom built trails in the area . The variety is unequalled with virtually every imaginable type of terrain and discipline. From XCO, Marathon, Downhill to Enduro and Touring all on offer within the network. Add a long list of great venues and attractions on route and Paarl is a simply a must visit for any adventurer .
So with the perfect mix of trails, great attractions and venues it provides the perfect setting for the Paarl MTB Challenge, incorporating the South African Mountain Bike Championships.
The Paarl Mountain Bike Challenge will showcase the very best of Paarl on a bike. Sublime trails, amazing features, great views and some of the best off the bike experiences. After all, who doesn’t love to have fun in vibey upbeat race villages boasting lots of entertainment, stacks of fun activities and a range of artisanal culinary delights.
Whether you are up for tough racing, challenging for national titles, out for a family adventure or a great day out with mates, we have made sure this event will not disappoint.
Professionals and hard core racers are presented with a challenging, but rewarding course to fight it out for the SA MTB Title or hone those skills and racing focus just before big events like the Cycle Tour and Cape Epic.
For the adventurers and weekend warriors and newbies we have focused hard to make every distance something really special. THIS IS NOT an event where the big distances get all the good stuff and the shorter distances are just slapped together. Each distance has been meticulously planned to ensure the best possible experience. The riding terrain on and around Paarl Mountain is truly something special and will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
-> 20km Weekend Warrior MTB (view route)
-> 40km Adventurer MTB (view route)
-> 60km Explorer MTB (view route)
-> 80km Hard Rock MTB (view route)
-> 40km E-Bike Adventure (view route)
Paarl is known for its hospitality and this is what each competitor and supporter will experience in spades. Water points will supply delectable eats and drinks from locals who provide a true “farm style hospitality“. Support along route is also something special as many of the farms will be harvesting and experiencing the joyous atmosphere of the folks harvesting is very special.
Off the bike, a world filled with great food, amazing drinks, entertainment and activities await all competitors, and supporters. Whether you are out for the day or weekend with mates or bringing the entire family along for a adventure, Paarl has a long list of great supporter points along the route.
The Paarl Adventure Trail Project has developed one of the most extensive trail networks that focuses on the true enjoyment of the outdoors and community development. With tourism, sport development and job creation the main focus of this project, through the development of 200 kilometers of trails for cycling, running and hiking in Paarl. This Project not only provides a great escape and adventure for locals and visitors on a daily basis, but supports no less than three sport development programs, while also running a job creating skills development program.
Although attracting visitors to the network on a daily basis is the main focus, events are not only a passion but a way to assist with the funding of these great projects. ALL the profits of this event will go directly to the Hero and Paarl Adventure Trail Project to assist with the development, growth and maintenance of these projects. What better reason to enter an event than knowing your support has directly benefitted the very project and community that makes the event possible to enjoy .
If you are coming out for the weekend. Paarl has a host of great Guest Houses and accommodation to suit all tastes visit www.paarlonline.com for a list of great accommodation and other activity options.
More Info: email@example.com
Tel : 0760225141 / 0833842976
LocationSpice Route, Spice Route, Paarl, South Africa
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Steep climbs, thrilling descents, world-class XCO courses and plenty of single-track on offer at Paarl's official MTB challenge.