Get Ready for an unparalleled mountain biking experience at the 2023 Fedhealth MTB Challenge!

Get Ready for an unparalleled mountain biking experience at the 2023 Fedhealth MTB Challenge!
Get Ready for an unparalleled mountain biking experience at the 2023 Fedhealth MTB Challenge!


One of Stellenbosch’s most exciting family-oriented mountain bike events, the Fedhealth MTB Challenge welcomes Root44 as a new venue on Saturday 09 and Sunday 10 September 2023. As the location changes, so do the routes, promising entrants an adventure like never before!


“Root44 in a dream venue for adventurous families that enjoy the outdoors,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “We can’t wait to treat mountain bikers, young and old, to a fantastic experience on and off the bike. The Fun Ride (+-15km) features a total ascent of 300m and will consist mostly of open farm and vineyard roads with three sections of easy, non-technical single track. This event is not technical, and is guaranteed to be a fun filled, relaxed experience. Iconic sections will include the magnificent views at Stellenrust Wine Estate and the trails at Alto Estate and Ernie Else Wines.”


“Featuring a 580m ascent, the Half Marathon (+-30km) will consist of flat farm roads with long stretches of easy single track in the middle sections,” confirms Meyer. “Riders that are used to this distance, won’t find this route to be technical. There are no sudden surprises or drop-offs. Dornier’s 7km single track is guaranteed to be a favourite. This event is suited both to adults who prefer the more relaxed part of mountain biking and the more competitive teenager. A word of advice, on a rainy day the trails might be slippery. Rather push your bike if it does not feel safe under the wheels.”


“The Marathon (+-60km) is for the more serious mountain biker,” continues Meyer. “With a total ascent of 1200m, this route includes open farm roads, smooth single track, and more technical riding at Mont Marie. The first 10km are mostly flat, before the climb towards the top of Mont Marie starts. Our route designer likes to say that ‘a technical heaven awaits’.  Thereafter the Dornier loop and upper Blaauwklippen Valley awaits with landowners agreeing to open their gates for the most scenic ride. Next up is what will feel like an endless descent towards Stellenzicht Wines and into the full trail network of Alto Estate and Ernie Els Wines. The last few kilometres will be flattish. The fun sections at Mont Marie and the views at the top of the upper Blaauwklippen Valley are guaranteed to be route highlights. This route is ideal for fit mountain bikers who possess a fair amount of technical skill.”

Fedhealth MTB Challeng
Fedhealth MTB Challeng

In closing Meyer adds: “Irrespective of the distance chosen, entrants are guaranteed to have a mountain biking experience to remember at the 2023 Fedhealth MTB Challenge. With our Festival Village nestled at Root44, non-mountain biking family members and supporters are catered for as well. We can’t wait to welcome mountain bikers of all ages, family members and friends to the Fedhealth MTB Challenge in September.”


EVENT INFORMATION2023 Fedhealth MTB Challenge 

Saturday, 09 September 2023 

Venue:  Root44, Stellenbosch
Event: 15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Fun Ride)
  Start Time: 08:00
  Entry Fee: R225.00
Event: Fedhealth Kids MTB Events:  not timed

·         500m / 1 – 5 years of age

·         1.5km / 6 – 9 years of age

·         5km / 10 – 13 years of age

  Start Time: from 10:00
  Entry Fee: R100.00


Sunday, 10 September 2023

Venue:  Root 44, Stellenbosch
Event: +- 60km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Marathon)
Time: 08:00
Entry Fee: R475.00 per rider (excludes CSA License)
Event: +-30km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Half Marathon)
Time: 08:30
Entry Fee: R375.00 per rider (excludes CSA License)
CSA Temp Licence: R60.00
Entries Open: Wednesday 28 June 2023
Entries Close: Monday 04 September 2023


The entry fee includes:

·      an exclusive technical event t-shirt (Fedhealth Kids MTB Events included)

·      a drawstring bag

·      medals will be awarded to all finishers


FREE ENTRY: Fedhealth members can enter free of charge – simply by typing in their membership number when entering online!


CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering online, mountain biking enthusiasts can show their support for The Kindness Collaboration, the chosen charity of this fun-filled family event. Founded by Fedhealth and Operation Healing Hands (OHH), The Kindness Collaboration offers much needed support to South Africans who cannot afford quality medical care.

Facebook Fedhealth Medical Aid / @root44stellenbosch / Stillwater MTB Events

Instagram:  @fedhealthmed / @root44stellenbosch / @stillwater_mtb_events



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