Darling Hills MTB have undertaken the exciting task of hosting the Swartland/ West Coast first premium mountain biking stage race, 1-3 March 2019 at Doornfontein Wildlife Estate, Darling.
Darling is approximately 70 km north-west of Cape Town. The Darling Hills on the Cape West Coast offers variety, fun, relaxation and spectacular views. With single track, jeep track, farm roads, relaxed riding, technical sections, fast moving terrain, fun, beautiful scenery the Darling Hills MTB Stage Race has it all. Twee weeks prior to the Cape Epic, the Darling Hills MTB Stage Race is considered a calendar sweet spot.
The Darling Hills MTB Stage Race is a race over 3 days with 2 stages which includes a prologue and 2-day stages. All stages are compulsory. The race has been registered with Cycle South Africa (CSA) and Entry Ninja will be used for race registration. Race nutrition, water and isotonic carbohydrate drinks are freely available at water points throughout the route. The Chill Zone is the perfect place to unwind, enjoy a cold beer, swap race stories and mingle with supporters and fellow riders after a hard day of racing.
After the successful event called the Darling Corporate MTB Challenge 2015, this sanctioned 3-Day MTB Stage race in the Western Cape, will take place for the first time. By providing an exceptional race experience, our mission is to expose participants to some of the best mountain biking in the country, offer sponsors a targeted marketing and engagement opportunity, build tourism in the area and benefit local communities through select outreach programmes. Contributing to charity and assisting local communities is an essential component of nurturing sustainability in South Africa. The main beneficiary of the race will be Swartland/ West Coast SPCA.
More than a relaxed weekend out, the ride is a necessary weekend out, with funds from the entry fee going into the SPCA’s efforts. By entering The Darling Hills MTB Stage Race, you ensure that the work of the Swartland & West Coast SPCA continues – preventing cruelty to all animals, rescuing animals from crisis and distress, giving shelter to sick, injured, abandoned and unwanted animals, and providing subsidised veterinary care to animals from less fortunate communities and educating young children about the humane treatment of animals.
Friday 01 March 2019- Prologue- 20km
Saturday 02 March 2019- Day 1- 75 km
Sunday 03 March 2019- Day 2- 55km
Team Entry Fee (Teams of 2)
*R1 800 per rider (R3600 per team)
Solo Entry Fee
*R1 800 per rider
Your entry fee includes:
• Goodie Bag
- 3 days of amazing trails through Darling Hills.
• Prologue and 2 Trail Stages
• 3 meals- Friday Event Dinner / Saturday and Sunday Lunch
• Darling Hills MTB Stage Race- Finishers Medal
- Access to all the race facilities and improved permanent facilities i.e. restaurant, toilets, bike wash facility and chill zone.
• Professional medical support is included however you will need travel insurance in case of hospitalisation.
• 2 water points along each route with lots to eat and drink. We suggest you bring a long your preferred bars or drinks. You don’t need to worry about going hungry. These tables are well stocked!
• Wife & Kids gets free entry at venues (no meals included)
Entries open – 1 June 2018
Entries close- 22 February 2019
Late Entries- After 22 February 2019
Team of 2- R2 000 per rider (R4 000 per team)
Solo Rider- R2 000 per rider
*Entries limited to 400 riders only!! Enter now do avoid disappointment!!