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Baleia Wines 2018 MTB Challenge & Trail Run

Baleia Wines 2018 MTB Challenge & Trail Run

Aug 2018

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The third annual Baleia Wines Mountain Bike Challenge and second Trail Run is taking place on Saturday, 8 September, from Baleia Wines & Olive Oil cellar and tasting room next to the N2 just outside Riversdale in the Western Cape.

Baleia Wines craft exceptional wines and extra virgin cold pressed olive oil from their vineyards and olive groves on the farm Dassieklip in the Vermaaklikheid area near Riversdale. 

Owners, Jan-Hendrik and Lindi Joubert, avid triathlon athletes who have just completed the Durban 70.3 Half Ironman, along with their team, will be your hosts on the day of the event. 

MTB races

There are two races to choose from: the 20km race (R100 entry fee) and the 63km (R200 entry fee) that starts at 08:00.

The mountain bike routes consist of flowing gravel road, single track and jeep track through the green wheat fields and yellow canola fields of the Riversdale district. The timing is perfect for mountain bike riders to participate in this event before the upcoming Karoo to Coast. 

The 20km route will mostly consist of single track and jeep track with an altitude gain of almost 320m with one water point.

The 63km route will consist of 80% flowing gravel roads and 20% jeep and single track of a total altitude gain of more than 800 metres. There will be 4 water points (10km, 30km, 45km and 58km) on this route.

Trail Run

The trail run will also be over two distances: 6.5km (R60 entry fee) and 16.5km (R100 entry fee) and starts at 08:00.

Trail runners will venture on to gravel roads, jeep tracks and single tracks and can expect small hills, valleys, ravines and a little forest section. There will be 2 water points on the 16km route although participants are encouraged to also carry their own supplies.


Registration for both the trail run and mountain bike event is open and can be done online at before the event as well as on Friday (7 September) and early on Saturday morning at Baleia Wines & Olive Oil cellar. 

Come and enjoy Baleia Wines on Friday for pre-registration at the tasting room and meet Jan-Hendrik and Lindi as well as their GM and Winemaker, also a keen sportsman, Abraham de Klerk and their team.

Pre-registrations will each receive a goodie bag and stand a chance to win awesome prizes.

Prizes to be won

All finishers will receive a unique medal while there will also be special prizes for the mountain bike and trail run category winners and spot prizes.

Bike wash

For the first time at the event, Riversdale Cycles will have a bike shop, bike wash and support on the premises on the day of the event. 

Abraham de Klerk.

After race entertainment

The La Bella Deli & Restaurant will offer lots to eat and drink with entertainment for children. There will be ample safe parking.

The Baleia Wines MTB & Trail Run will be the perfect way to welcome spring while experiencing the hospitality of Baleia Wines and Riversdale (place of the Sleeping Beauty) in the southern Cape and explore the beautiful Hessequa area.


The 2018 Baleia Wines MTB Challenge and Adventure Trail Run are made possible by the following partnerships: Baleia Wines, La Bella Restaurant & Deli, Jireh Foods, Superspar Riversdale, Rola Ford Riversdale, Riversdale Pharmacy, Stilbaai Kelders, Pam Golding Properties, Riversdale Cycles, Suid-Kaap Forum, Wesgro and Crystal Stream Stilbaai

For more information

Find all the information about the race and the routes as well as the entry at
Enter and pay before 31 August and stand a chance to win great prizes!

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For further information contact Adolf Botes at [email protected], 082 337 6286 or visit

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