2017 Mountain Bike Stage Race Calendar

 

South Africa is the capital of the mountain bike stage race world, with well over 50 stage races (and multiday single stage events) to choose from. It's clear that proper planning is required. To ease your budget and leave planning, we've compiled a list of the mountain bike marathon stage races taking place in South Africa (and other parts of Africa) in 2017.

January


21 - 22: EuroSteel Drak Descent (Drakensberg) - Event Website

 

February


4 - 5: Fairtree Capital Simonsberg Contour (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

5 - 11 TransCape MTB (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

10 - 12: DUTOIT Tankwa Trek (Ceres, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

11 - 12: Lighthouse to Lighthouse (Gansbaai, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

17 - 19: Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience (Gauteng) - Event Website

 

17 - 19: Trans Outeniqua MTB (Great Brak River, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

18 - 19: Stanford MTB Tour (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

23 - 26: Knysnabull (Knysna, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

Tankwa-Trek-2016-Stage-1.jpgPhoto credit: www.zooncronje.com

 

March


02 -05: PE PLETT The Tough One + Lite (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

19 - 26: ABSA Cape Epic (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

18 - 21: 3 Mountains Challenge (Clocolan, Free State) - Event Website

 

April


01 - 02: Cell C Arabella MTB Challenge (Kleinmond, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

08 - 09: The Cradle Mountain Trophy (Maropeng, Gauteng) - Event Website

 

21 - 23: Liberty Cape Winelands (Winelands, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

22 - 23: Cederberg 100 Miler - The Trek (Cederberg, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

21 - 29: Old Mutual joBerg2c (Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

28 - 30: Garden Route 300 (Knysna, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

28 - 30: Thirsti Extreme (Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

29 - 01 May: Klein-Aus Vista Mountain Bike Challenge (Namibia) - Event Website

 

29 - 02 May: Spar Sabie Experience (Mpumalanga) - Event Website

 

Sani2C 2.jpegPhoto Credit: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media
Sani2C.jpeg Photo Credit: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

 

May


04 - 07: Glacier Cradle Traverse (Gauteng) - Event Website

 

06- 07: Houw Hoek MTB Tour (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

05 - 07: Gravel & Grape Extreme (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

06 - 07: Gravel & Grape Adventure (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

08 - 12: Tour de Braai (George, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

09 - 11: sani2c Trail (KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

10 - 12: sani2c Adventure (KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

11 - 13: sani2c Race (KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

12 – 14: Croc2Croc (Mpumalanga) - Event Website

 

18 - 20: Trail & Trout (Gauteng/ Mpumalanga) - Event Website

 

20 – 21: Bike Girl 2 Day MTB (Oudtshoorn, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

20 - 21: Mpekweni MTB Stage Race (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

21 - 26: Windhoek Light Namib Quest (Nambia) - Event Website

 

25 - 28: PwC Great Zuurberg Trek (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

25 - 03 June: Race To Rhodes (Kwa-Zulu Natal to Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

June


07 - 11: Grindrod Bank Pondo Pedal (Wild Coast, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

02 - 04: FNB 1Zambia MTB (Zambia) - Event Website

 

06 - 01 July: Freedom Challenge: Race Across South Africa - Event Website

 

09 – 11: Liberty Waterberg Encounter - Event Website

 

09 – 11 (Provisional): The Gem Diamonds Kalahari Challenge (Botswana) - Event Website

 

10 – 11: Dusi2c (KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

16-18: The Greyt Escape (Greyton, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

17 - 20 (Provisional): 7 Passes (Garden Route, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

17 – 18: Fish River Sun MTB Challenge (Fish River Sun, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

24 - 25: RidetheBerg (Northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

July


27 – 01 Aug: Nedbank Tour de Tuli (Botswana - Zimbabwe - South Africa) - Event Website

 

TBC: Imana Wild Ride (Wild Coast, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

Storms River Traverse.jpgPhoto Credit: Oakpics.com

 

August


TBC: Glacier Storms River Traverse (Garden Route, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

17 - 20: iSimangaliso MTB (iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

31 - 02 Sep: Namaqua Quest MTB (Namaqualand) - Event Website

 

Lesotho Sky Semonkong Falls.jpgPhoto Credit: Wayne Reiche

 

September


TBC: Potberg & De Hoop MTB (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

02 - 03: Greyton MTB Tour (Greyton, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

08 - 10: Ride2Nowhere (McGregor, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: Staalwater MTB Challenge (Caledon, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

21- 23: Dr Evil Classic (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

22 - 24: Wagon & Spear (North Coast, KwaZulu- Natal) - Event Website

 

29 - 01 Oct: Lormar Endurance MTB Tour: Farm Trail (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

29 - 01 Oct: Isuzu 3 Towers (Mpumalanga) - Event Website

 

29 - 01 Oct: Varsity MTB Challenge (Paarl, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: Route 99 MTB Experience (Gauteng) - Event Website

 

2016 Cape Pioneer Trek Stage6 #ChandelierChampagne by Zoon Cronje-13716.jpgPhoto credit: www.zooncronje.com

 

October


02- 07: Lesotho Sky (Lesotho) - Event Website

 

03 - 05: Lormar Endurance MTB Tour: Sheep Trail (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

06 - 08: Berg & Bush Descent (Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

10 - 12: Berg & Bush Great Trek (Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

12 - 14: The INYATSI Swazi Frontier (Swaziland) - Event Website

 

20 - 22: The U MTB Stage Race (Piket-Bo-Berg, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

14 - 15: Berg & Bush 2 Day (Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

15 - 21: Cape Pioneer Trek (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

23-28: Wild Corridor I (Eastern/ Western Cape) - Event Website

 

27 - 29: FNB Wines2Whales Adventure (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

30 - 01 Nov: FNB Wines2Whales Ride (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

30-04 Nov: Wild Corridor II (Eastern/ Western Cape) - Event Website

 

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November


03 - 05: FNB Wines2Whales Race (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

18-19: To Hell And Back (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

25 - 26: Origin of Trails (Stellenbosch, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: The Magalies Adventure (Gauteng) - Event Website

 

TBC: The Munga - Event Website

 

December

 

01 - 03: Sondela Family 3 Day Stage Race (Bela-Bela, Limpopo) - Event Website

 

 




15 Comments

MK Killer, Nov 28 2016 06:34

Is there a list of all the one day extreme ultra MTB races in SA like 36one etc??

Lighthouse, Nov 28 2016 08:47

Thanks for the posting here. You do not perhaps have a spreadsheet available for ease of use?

 

Thanks

Projmanzar, Nov 28 2016 02:20

Trail and Trout not listed here http://www.trailtrout.co.za/

Projmanzar, Nov 28 2016 02:20

Is there a list of all the one day extreme ultra MTB races in SA like 36one etc??

C2T - Cullinan 2 Tonteldoos - http://www.c2tmtb.co.za/

Sitting slip, Nov 28 2016 02:22

a good pdf of all the races single marathon to ultra distance plus stage races. maybe sell it in a calendar format...

EmptyB, Nov 28 2016 02:27

1 listed for Gauteng....wow, we rock here with stage races ;)

EmptyB, Nov 28 2016 02:30

C2T - Cullinan 2 Tonteldoos - http://www.c2tmtb.co.za/


Looking forward to this!

Trans Baviaans too...

Willie S1, Nov 28 2016 09:17

Sondela 3 Day Stage Race
Bela Bela, Limpopo
2 -4 December 2016
1 - 3 December 2017
www.sondela.com

CASSIE1975, Nov 29 2016 09:00

Sondela 3 Day Stage Race
Bela Bela, Limpopo
2 -4 December 2016
1 - 3 December 2017
www.sondela.com

 

We will be there this coming weekend with the family, looking forward to it.

AdamA, Nov 29 2016 09:29

Cradle Mountain Trophy 2 Day in Gauteng

8th/9th April

 

http://www.mountain-trophy.co.za/

CHUME, Nov 29 2016 12:27

HI,

An alternative to this is stageraces.com..

Some of the stage races in Gauteng 

 

http://www.leveragecorporation.co.za/

Route 66

Route 99

Cradle Mountain Trophy

Magalies Adventure

Headshot, Nov 30 2016 01:46

There are over 60 events listed. Does this make SA the most stage racey country on the planet?

Grease_Monkey, Nov 30 2016 03:29

Wow - how lucky are we? More than 60 races to choose from!!! 

CHUME, Dec 01 2016 07:25

Loads of races but how do people actually afford these races at over R1000 per day.

Please help me understand and rearrange my life so I can compete.

mon-goose, Dec 01 2016 02:21

we are seriously spoilt for choices. I guess the average person CHUME will have to pick one or two, maybe 3 for a year and save hard to do them