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There will be five mountain bike XCO races this year as part of the SA MTB Cup Series of which four will feature a UCI category 1 rating for the Elite Men and Elite Women categories. Juniors will also be able to earn UCI points in the XCO rounds as part of UCI Junior World Series. With the Junior categories taken out of the UCI MTB World Cups, Juniors will again participate in their own world series to garner valuable UCI points. The fifth XCO race will carry a UCI Cat 2 rating.

Downhill events will not be run with the SA MTB Cup Series in 2016. Western Province and KwaZulu-Natal will use two of their provincials to double as a SA Cup event; these events are dated as 28 February and 29 May (Western Cape) and 27 March and 22 May (KZN). The results from these will be used for Selection and towards a SA Cup Series. 

 
 
 

STIHL SA CUP SERIES XCO #5 (UCI Cat 2)

Date: 18 June 2016
Province: Free State
Location: Happy Valley Conservancy, Bloemfontein
Entries closed

The Last round of the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series will be held at the Happy Valley Conservancy in the City Bloemfontein. The venue is easy accessible and in the heart of Bloemfontein, and only 13km from the Bloemfontein Airport. The Happy Valley Conservancy is surrounded by a full range of accommodation facilities, with one of the best being Solo Gracia Guesthouse http://www.sologracia.co.za/, only 1,4km from the venue.

Happy Valley Conservancy is situated in Brill Street between Harry Smith Street, Aliwal Street, Collins Road and First Avenue. 
 

Course preview teaser

 
 

Venue

 

 

The course is 4.9km in length, with 160m vertical ascent. It features hand built single track with plenty of overtaking opportunities. With two challenging climbs of 660m (50m ascent) and 350m (40m ascent), natural rock gardens, gap jumps, drop offs and two technical downhill’s, even the most seasoned mountain biker’s skills will be tested.

 

Thursday the 16th of June is a public holiday, so make it a long weekend and come and see what Bloemfontein has to offer!


STIHL SA CUP SERIES XCO #1 (UCI Cat 1) part of the UCI Junior World Series

Date: 30 January 2016
Province: Mpumalanga
Location: Mankele MTB Park

About

Mankele MTB Park in Mpumalanga will be hosting the opening round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series on Saturday 30 January, providing South Africa’s top Elite mountain bikers an early opportunity to increase their UCI points tally towards their Rio Olympics 2016 qualification in the all-important Olympic year.

Event schedule

Download the CSA-MTB Standard National Programme 2016-3 (last updated January 2016)

Routes - distances, profiles and maps


STIHL 2016 SA CUP SERIES XCO #2 (UCI Cat 1) 

Date: 27 February 2016
Province: Western Cape
Location: Helderberg Farm, Somerset West

PROVINCIAL DHI AND SA CUP SERIES 

Date: 28 February 2016
Province: Western Cape
Location: Helderberg Farm, Somerset West

About

Helderberg Farm offers a traditional South African charm as well as a friendly atmosphere situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain. Helderberg Farm in Somerset West is proud to host round two of the 2016 SA XCO Cup Series on Saturday 27 February, providing South Africa’s top Elite mountain bikers an early opportunity to increase their UCI points tally towards their Rio Olympics 2016 qualification in the all-important Olympic year.

Event schedule

CSA-MTB Standard National Programme 2016 (updated 22 February 2016)

Routes - distances, profiles and maps

 

 
 

STIHL SA CUP SERIES XCO #3 (UCI Cat 1) 

Date: 26 March 2016
Province: Gauteng
Location: Wolwespruit Bike Park, Erasmuskloof, Pretoria

PROVINCIAL DHI AND SA CUP SERIES #2

Date: 27 March 2016
Province: KwaZulu-Natal
Location: Giba Gorge MTB Park


About

 

The City of Tshwane invites you to participate in a fun new event on the MTB Calendar, at the Wolwespruit MTB Park. An exciting weekend of racing, hosted by The City of Tshwane, will include the third round of the STIHL 2016 SA National Mountain Bike series, a UCI Category 1 MTB cross country race that forms part of the Olympic qualification for our Elite Men and Women riders.

Event schedule

Download the CSA-MTB Standard National Programme 2016-3 (last updated February 2016)

Routes - distances, profiles and maps



STIHL SA CUP SERIES XCO #4 (UCI Cat 1) part of the UCI Junior World Series

Date: 14 May 2016
Province: Eastern Cape
Location: Settlers Park Nature Reserve

Contact persons: Dellah Paul (administration) dellah@cyclingsa.com

Pre-entry list

 

Results

 

Venue

About

The fourth round of the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series will be held in Settlers Park Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, on a newly developed track. The track is located less than two kilometres from the Port Elizabeth Airport, St Georges Park and Cricket grounds are within walking distance. PE’s main beach (Kings Beach) and PE harbour is less than two kilometres from the track. It is possible to have a beer at Bridge Street Breweries and cycle some 800 metres along the trail to watch the race.

 

 

Who can take part

The following categories of riders can participate in the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series:

  • Elite Men and Women (19+)
  • U23 Men
  • Junior Men and Women (17-18)
  • Youth Men and Women (15-16)
  • Sub Junior Boys and Girls (13-14)
  • Sprogs Boys and Girls (11-12)
  • Nipper Boys and Girls (U11)
  • Masters categories Men and Women
    • Sub Vet Men and Women (30-39)
    • Vet Men and Women (40-49)
    • Master Men and Women (50-59)
    • Grand Master Men and Women (60+)

Event schedule

Download the CSA-MTB Standard National Programme 2016-3 (last updated May 2016)

Routes - distances, profiles and maps

Short Track facts: Technically the track is not as challenging as the one in PE in 2015. The climbing is pretty hard and we are looking at a final track close to 4.2 kilometres and 190 metre elevation. There are three major climbs of 30; 35 and 45 metre elevation with pretty challenging gradients but good grip. All three climbs have passing space most of the way. Two of the climbs have really good space for passing and powering. On is jeep track all the way with excellent grip.


PROVINCIAL DHI AND SA CUP SERIES #3

Western Province and KwaZulu-Natal will use two of their provincials to double as a SA Cup event; these events are dated as 28 February and 29 May (Western Cape) and 27 March and 22 May (KZN). The results from these will be used for Selection and towards a SA Cup Series. The downhill discipline will be included in the SA MTB Champs.

Date: 22 May 2016
Province: KwaZulu-Natal
Location: Karkloof MTB Club, Howick
Entries: closed
Entries close: Midnight Wednesday 18 May 2016

 

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