10 Mountain Bike Races to do in 2020

10 Mountain Bike Races to do in 2020

  • 06 November 2019
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  • First Ascent

Start planning your 2020 mountain bike race calendar with these standout events. Whether you’re new to the mountain biking scene or a professional, these 10 events are known for their breathtaking trails and incredible hospitality, giving you every reason to get your entry now.

Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen  

Date: 18 January
Website: https://www.atta.co.za/

Kick-off the New Year with a bang at the Attakwas Extreme MTB Race, or for those who just want to ease into the New Year there is also the Atta Half.

Known as South Africa’s premier one-day mountain bike race, the Attakwas Extreme takes riders on an adventure through the desert and mountains of the Klein Karoo with a finish at the Garden Route Coast.

First Ascent - 2020 MTB RacesPhoto credit: Attakwas Extreme

Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen  

Date: 6 - 9 February
Website: https://tankwatrek.co.za/

An iconic four-stage race, the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek presented by Biogen is truly a ride like no other.

With breathtaking trails through the Bokkeveld and winding routes in the Witzenburg area, this race features some of the most unique scenery in South Africa. Riders are not only treated to tough yet exhilarating riding, but also get to enjoy true ‘Karoo hospitality’ with a world-class race at Kaleo Guest Farm.

First Ascent - 2020 MTB RacesPhoto credit: Tankwa Trek

The Knysna Bull

Date: 19 - 22 Feb
Website: https://knysnabull.bike/

From winners to warriors, you’re free to ride. The Knysna Bull is SA’s first individual-only Mountain Bike Stage Race.

Traversing through the beautiful indigenous forest trails of Knysna, this 3-day MTB event covers 200km of breathtaking mountain and forest trails.

First Ascent - 2020 MTB RacesPhoto credit: Deds Photography 

Glacier Cradle Traverse

Date: 3 - 5 April
Website: https://www.cradletraverse.co.za/

Looking for an MTB event, which has all fundamentals of a stage race, but without a competitive atmosphere – then this is the race for you!

Hosted at the Avianto Lifestyle Estate in Gauteng, this three-day mountain big stage race is a mere 30 minutes from the city and 10 minutes from Lanseria, making it easily accessible for everyone.

With trails that are often described as Gauteng’s ‘best kept secret’, riders are welcomed to the ‘wild side’ of Gauteng and given a truly unique experience of the area surrounding the Cradle of Humankind.

First Ascent - 2020 MTB RacesPhoto credit: Glacier Cradle Traverse

KAP Sani2C

Date: 12 - 16 May
Website: https://sani2c.co.za/

Known as South Africa’s largest mountain bike stage race, the KAP Sani2C attracts almost 4,500 entrants each year, divided into three separate instalments: The Trail, The Adventure and The Race all departing within one day of another.

Over and above the incredible hospitability, breathtaking trails and incredible race village, is the iconic large floating bridges, which see riders crossing large bodies of water on bike.

First Ascent - 2020 MTB RacesPhoto credit: Sani2C

FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic

Date: 30 - 31 May
Website: https://www.stillwatersports.com/event/fnb-magalies-monster-mtb-classic-fnb-platinum-trail-run/

A great setting, spectacular scenery, technically challenging sections with unique single trails and a fantastic atmosphere combine to create an incredible MTB event in the North West Province.

With varying distances from 65km to 2.5km, this is a race for the whole family to participate in. In addition to the MTB event, checkout the incredible trail running event too.

First Ascent - 2020 MTB RacesPhoto credit: Tobias Ginsberg

Glacier Storms River Traverse

Date: 8 - 10 August
Website: https://www.stormsrivertraverse.co.za/

A race designed for the intermediate cyclist looking for an adventure without having to spend hours training every day.

The beautiful and untouched gem of the Garden route is home to this 3-day mountain bike stage race, taking riders along the coastline and into mountains, with daily distances from 40 – 70km.

First Ascent - 2020 MTB RacesPhoto Credit: Glacier Storms River Traverse

Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen

Date: 6 - 12 September
Website: https://capepioneer.co.za/

From the arid desertscapes of the Groot Karoo to the great mountains of the Klein Karoo and the aboriginal forests of the Garden Route, the Cape Pioneer has it all, a truly African mountain biking experience.

Take part in the 7-day stage race or the 4-day Adventure event, and get ready to be blown away by the incredible landscapes and outstanding hospitality.

First Ascent - 2020 MTB RacesPhoto credit: Cape Pioneer Trek

Buco Lions Karoo to Coast

Date: 20 September 
Website: https://www.karootocoast.com/

The Buco Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge is a 100km off road race from Uniondale to Knysna via the Prince Alfred Pass. Scenic, but challenging, riders are encouraged to train sufficiently for this event in order to maximise the enjoyment of the experience.

Only 4,500 entries will be made available in 2020 – don’t miss out get your entry now

First Ascent - 2020 MTB RacesPhoto credit: Oakpics

Ride the Karoo

Date: 25 - 29 September
Website: https://ridethekaroo.co.za/

Ride the Karoo is not about crossing the finish line as quick as possible but rather about experiencing the karoo like you have never before.

Ride the Karoo, a 3-day stage race, takes riders along 200 year old stone walls, on smooth “sheeptracks” and passes the all too familiar windpomp scenes of the Karoo.

Plus, experience authentic Karoo hospitality with braais, fresh farm bread, condensed milk coffee, koeksisters & craft beer amidst picturesque sunsets.

First Ascent - 2020 MTB RacesPhoto credit: Ride the Karoo