MTB Xtreme Challenge

Xtreme MTB Stage 1 - Technical

Distance – 55 km
Total Elevation: 1100 m

Route Description:

The Xtreme challenge kicks off with a technical stage through the outskirts of Vredendal. The route pays homage to the first ever Daisy and follows a lot of sections of the original, i.e Bergkraal 4x4 route. Some singletrack, technical climbs and even a short rock garden adds spice to this stage. Mixed in between is open farm roads and mostly jeep track when not in technical terrain. Although it’s a technical route, it’s by no means unrideable and moderate skilled riders will be fine. Just remember to keep some gas in the tank for stage 3 and enjoy the Daisies in bloom.


Xtreme MTB Stage 2 – Night Ride

Distance – 15 km
Total Elevation: 200 m

Route Description:

Stage 2 also takes part on Saturday after riders had some time to recover from the morning. This stage will start and finish shortly after sunset, so its compulsory that all riders have functional front and rear lights. The route is mainly farm road and easy jeep track. The route is short and fast and riders will be finished with enough recovery time for stage 3.


Xtreme MTB Stage 3 – Gravel Ride

Distance – 95 km
Total Elevation: 800 m

Route Description:

The final stage takes riders via the open gravel road towards the ocean. Riders will ride along the sea past Doringbay and Strandfontein. From here riders will have the chance to race alongside the open gravel road next to the Sishen railway line and maybe even see the longest train in the country running besides them. From here it’s a short stop/start and minimal portage section, before reaching the famous Olifantsriver canal. Riders will travel via the canal and farm road towards Vredendal and to die Keldery. The race ends with a nice flat sprint, whereafter riders can enjoy a well deserved cold one and exchange “war” stories.


Xtreme Challenge Trail Run

Stage 1 – 1 Way, Drop-off Start

Distance – 27 km
Total Ascent: 500 m

Route Description:

Stage one will see runners do a one way route with a remote drop-off and running back towards Die Keldery venue. The first 6 km will be uphill, but with fresh legs this won’t pose a big problem. From here it’s a bit downhill and then onto the famous Olifants river canal. A few short bumps in the road before the final stretch, will test the endurance of the runners and depending on the fitness, will prove who has an advantage going forward onto stage 2 and 3.


Stage 2 – Night Run (remember headlamps)

Distance – 5 km
Total Ascent: 60 m

Route Description:

After resting from stage 1, runners will have a change to gain some overall time with a night run on Saturday evening. The 5 km is basically flat and the route consists of vineyard roads. As this race takes part after sunset, all runners must wear headlamps.


Stage 3 – Circular Route

Distance – 15 km
Total Ascent: 500 m

Route Description:

The final stage takes place on the Sunday and follows the same route as the 15 km MTB route.. This route is fairly flat and the surface is clean and easy. The previous 2 stages will certainly claim its toll on runners, but after a final 3 km on easy vineyard road towards the finish line, runners can rest enjoy something cold to drink.