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Varsity MTB Challenge

The Varsity MTB Challenge is a new race on SA’s mountain biking calendar. Launched in 2016, the first challenge took place in the picturesque Paarl and Franschhoek valleys.


Aimed at students, alumni and general public the inaugural Varsity MTB Challenge attracted riders from across South Africa, racing for their alma mater or university of choice.

Riders, from the pros to weekend warriors, were blown away by the total race experience at the inaugural Varsity MTB Challenge.

The Varsity MTB Challenge is unique as it’s the only mountain bike race in South Africa where the general public ride for their university of their choice. It brings together old friends and foes, young and experienced riders in a challenge to crown the best MTB university in the country. 


The race is designed to not only challenge the hardy MTB riders, but surprise and entertain everyone along the way. Expect unique water points with special treats, spectacular spectator points and the best rider facilities on offer at the race village.


The races are sanctioned by Cycling South Africa.

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