SA MTB CUP SERIES XCO #3 (UCI Cat 1) part of the UCI Junior World Series

Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
Province: Free State
Location: Happy Valley Conservancy, Bloemfontein
Entries are open, and close on Tuesday 2 May 2017.
Late entries will be taken at registration.

For event queries, contact Event organiser Willem Raubenheimer 083 561 5900
For admin queries, contact Dellah Paul 


Free State’s capital city, Bloemfontein, plays host to the penultimate round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO (UCI Cat 1 and Junior World Series), which takes place at Happy Valley Conservancy on Saturday 6 May. Event organiser Willem Raubenheimer is well on track with the preparations for the second running of the National Series at the same venue in two years.

The significance of this event, like the others in the series, is the UCI Category 1 rating, which allows top contenders in the Elite and Junior categories to earn valuable UCI points at the races. This ultimately improves their rider ranking, which is beneficial when competing in World Cups or World Championship events. This particular event is also part of the UCI Junior World Series, which is made up of 27 races this season, across the globe.

There will be two food vendors on race day in support of Husky Rescue Bloemfontein and the Woodlands Hills Church. Gourmet Coffee will also be available for the caffeine addicts!

There will be one big entertainment area at the start/finish area with TV’s airing live footage of the event. The event can also be viewed via live streaming on

If there is a mechanical during practice, then we have some of the best Cycling Shops in South Africa, with Cycle World, Cyclotech and Enduro Planet just around the corner from the venue and will also be there to help at the venue on the 5th and 6th of May.

Who can take part 

Anyone between the age of u9 to 60+ can take part in the series. A Cycling SA Licence is however required. To apply for a licence, click here: .

Provisional Schedule of Events


The track

The 2016 course was well received by most of the participants and was praised for being very “flowing”, for its natural obstacles and spectator friendly design. The only change to the 2017 course is:

  • A short 100m single track climb and downhill on the last part of the course
  • Some upgrades to the pump track and the “Grey’t Drop” in the beginning of the course

The 2017 course will be five kilometres in length, with 170-metre 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, pump (flow) track, gap jumps, drop offs and two technical downhill’s.

This year’s course will have one Tech/Feed Zone at the Start/Finish area and a Tech Zone just after the Rock Garden Descent.

Route map

 (Preliminary, some small changes have been made)


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, 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.

Places of interest

Places of interest nearby include the Loch Logan Waterfront Mall and Mimosa Mall, where the not-so-keen cyclists can visit for shopping or refreshments. Franklin Nature Reserve (Naval Hill – where the large statue of Nelson Mandela is situated) is also nearby. This nature reserve is one of the only Nature Reserves in the world to be situated within the perimeters of a city.

Other attractions include Cheetah Experience, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bagamoya Wildlife Estate and the Anglo Boer War Museum to name a few.


2017 National MTB SERIES XCO #2 (UCI Cat 1) 

Date: Saturday 15 April 2017
Province: Gauteng
Location: Wolwespruit Bike Park



The 2017 National MTB Series XCO #2 takes place at Wolwespruit Bike Park in Pretoria on Saturday 15 April. Wolwespruit is a mountain bike and trail run park located in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria. Named after the spruit that runs through it, the park's hand crafted single track trails provide a flowing and adrenaline filled adventure for beginner to advanced skilled riders and runners.

Who can take part 

Anyone between the age of u9 to 60+ can take part in the series. A Cycling SA Licence is required. To apply for a licence, click here: .

Provisional Schedule of Events

The track

Using the much of the same basis as the 2016 race track, the course has 2 big climbs/descents and a flow/play section. The course is just over 4km in length and crosses the Wolwespruit 4 times. There is also a trail intersection were the riders leaving tech 2 will cross over the trail linking the new rock garden and the small climb up to the start of the flow line. There are new natural rock drops, a new rock garden and a new gap jump. One of the 4 spruit crossings is also a technical crossing compared to the other 3 normal crossings. Tech 2 will be the main tech/feed zone where support gazebos can be pitched up on the western (Tech 1) side of the zone. The Nippers & Sprogs have a shortened track which cuts out the two big climbs/descents and only crosses the Wolwespruit twice.

Route map

 (preliminary, some small changes have been made))



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

Date: 25 February 2017
Province: Western Cape
Location: Rhebokskloof


The 2017 SA MTB Cup Series XCO 1 takes place at the Hero Adventure Trails at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in the Western Cape on Saturday 25 February. This is the first installment of four XCO races of the series taking placing around the country throughout the year. 

Who can take part 

Anyone between the age of u9 to 60+ can take part in the series. A CSA Licence is required. To apply for a licence, click here: .

Event Schedule




Date: 28 May 2017
Province: Western Cape
Location: Cascades Country Manor
Entries open: TBA




Date: 18 June 2017
Province: KwaZulu-Natal
Location: Cascades MTB Park
Entries open: TBA