Telkom 947 Mountain Bike Challenge
Think you’ve ridden every MTB track in the City of Joburg? Think again. Every year we hunt down unknown paths and roads to take you on a thrilling MTB adventure that you can only experience once a year. The route is never exactly the same from year-to-year, which keeps things that much more exciting for you!
Mountain Bike Information
Date:55km* and 25km*: Sunday 12 November;10km: Saturday 11 November 2017;
Venue: Riversands Commercial Park
Distance: 55km*, 25km* and 10km
Entry fees: 55km*: R340; 25km*: R260; 10km: R165
Age group: 55km*: 15 +, 25km*: 10 +, 10km*: 7 +
The routes constructed for this year’s Telkom 947 Mountain Bike Challenge on 11 and 12 November offer an upbeat nature adventure on a bicycle in the heart of Joburg. It’s hard to imagine that you don’t have to travel out of town with a sleepover to enjoy this!
Three options at every skill and fitness level are available:
The 55km* route targets more technically advanced mountain bikers. The tracks show off some private land not usually accessible over Steyn City, and the Heron Bridge college property before an unusual tour from the back of Northern Farm that jumps back into Steyn City. With plenty of hand-cut single track over bridges, steep traverses and funky maintenance tweaks on sections we might think we know, this lends a great down and dirty adventure. Riders will need to qualify for the 55km*, to ensure safety on the route and a superior trail experience without bottlenecks. Automatic qualifying criteria are results from a MTB race timed by SA Seeding / Racetec between 1 Oct 2016 and 30 Sept 2017 over 40km. Click here to view the SA Seeding calendar, or here to view the Racetec calendar.
The 25km* route offers a fun but not overly technical ride for new to fairly seasoned weekend warriors to see quite a few parts of Joburg where the public can’t usually roam. This is an adventure with river crossings, single track and jeep track riding and a few interesting urban obstacles. The route runs through the last open spaces in the greater Glenferness area, some privately owned property, and then heads onto Cluny Farm’s land where there is a very special water point. Riders can then look forward to a section in Inanda Country Base with a few sneaky little climbs where they might be tempted to do a saddle swop, as this is usually an equestrian playground. The bicycles will adore the forested single tracks before they return to Riversands.
On Saturday 11 November, there is also a 10km route with a great introduction to trails for beginners and a bit more of a challenge than the Telkom 947 Kiddies Ride for older or more eager kids. This can also provide a fantastic opportunity for the WHOLE family to get out and enjoy their bikes together.
Entries are limited – and you don’t want FOMO!
You can remember these events with a lovely range of commemorative gear. Our merchandise store offers items both for on-the-day and showing off your participation afterwards.
*distances may vary up to 5km