Boasting a fantastic new venue at Root44 and fresh, exciting routes in 2023, the upcoming Fedhealth MTB Challenge promises intense competition specifically in the Marathon (+-60km) Race with a strong contingent of formidable riders, including the likes of Danielle Strydom (Wellington, WC) and Franko van Zyl (Wellington, WC) from Team Imbuko Giant, and Elrika Harmzen (Sunningdale, Cape Town) on the starting lineup.
Having claimed victory on her Fedhealth Magalies Monster MTB Classic debut earlier this year, Strydom is excited to set her sights on the Fedhealth MTB Challenge.
“I did the Magalies Monster which is also a Fedhealth event, and I loved it,” says Strydom. “So naturally I think that I will enjoy this one as well, especially as it is in the beautiful mountains. I am looking forward to enjoying the scenery and technical terrain. My goal is to podium.”
Strydom will face tough competition in the form of Elrika Harmzen.
“I started mountain biking when I was still working in Stellenbosch,” says Harmzen. “The mountains have a special place in my heart. If there’s an opportunity to ride and/or race in the area, I’ll be there. When I saw the trails that will be included in the Fedhealth MTB Challenge route, I had to be there. I am looking forward to experiencing all the trails that we will be racing on. My goal is to get to the finish line completely spent and as fast as possible.”
Franko van Zyl is also excited to make his Fedhealth MTB Challenge debut on the day.
“I’m really looking forward to riding the Stellenbosch trails,” admits Van Zyl. “Stellenbosch has stunning trails that always promise excellent racing. I have my eye on the top spot of the podium.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2023 Fedhealth MTB Challenge
Saturday, 09 September 2023
|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)|
|Entry Fee:||R475.00 per rider (excludes CSA License)|
|Event:||+-30km Fedhealth MTB Challenge (Half Marathon)|
|Entry Fee:||R375.00 per rider (excludes CSA License)|
|CSA Temp Licence:||R60.00|
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.
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