Surprises In Store At Java MTB Challenge 2019

The 7th annual Java MTB Challenge takes place at Van Loveren Family Vineyards in the Robertson valley on 12 October 2019. This family-friendly event, showcasing the unique beauty of the winelands, is recognised for its great vibe as well as top routes & trails which come highly recommended by riders.

The Java MTB Challenge will thrill with a brand new 65km MTB route, replacing the 80km AND a brand new additional Xtreme Trail Run of 15km for the adventure-loving runner.

Route descriptions

  • The 6km MTB route is an easy, non-technical fun ride suitable for small children (parents welcome to ride with).
  • The 20km route is ideal for beginners. It consists mostly of jeep tracks with some single tracks, and is not very technical, with only 250m elevation.
  • The 45km route is suitable for intermediate riders with an elevation of about 850m.
  • The 65km is a gruelling route for the adrenalin seekers. It includes many sections of the 2018 ABSA Cape Epic route as well as virgin territory and custom-built single tracks. The 1400m elevation will excite even the most seasoned rider and is perfect training for the upcoming Wines2Whales and To Hell and Back MTB events.
  • 10km vineyard trail run with a 200m elevation, takes place over rugged, yet scenic terrain, crossing the confluence of two rivers.
  • 15km Xtreme Trail Run is a brand new “crazy” trail for the thrill-seeking runners, full of action and accompanied by stunning scenery with an elevation of about 350m.

From this year, timing will be done by Great-Time; so entrants will no longer need to be PPA members to be timed. Instead, participants will be issued with a returnable JAVA specific race number.

As per Java tradition, all participants will be rewarded with medals & goodie-bags upon crossing that finish line and stand the chance of winning awesome prizes in the lucky draw. Coffee Snobs will add to the vibe at this fun-filled sporting day again this year with live music.

Schools from the Western Cape are invited to join the brand new Java Interschool Challenge in partnership with Spur. Cash prizes (sponsored by Spur) to the total value of R15 000 is up for grabs to schools with the highest points tallied (R10 000 1st position, R3 000 2nd position, R2 000 3rd position). Register your school with Hattingh at 071 224 8730 |

To date, the Java MTB Challenge has raised over R660 000 for its local community. Beneficiaries include Robertson High School, Robertson Primary School, Robertson Preparatory School, Wakkerstroom-Wes Rural School, Jakes Gerwel Educational Trust, Herberg Children’s Home and Bonnievale Vryburgers.

The main sponsors of the day are Van Loveren and Pick ‘n Pay (Robertson), with additional sponsorships from Bayer, Môreson Grondverskuiwers, Into Cycling Newspaper, APL Cartons, Ford Rola Motor Group, Bosman Adama, CTP Packaging, WESGRO, Cape Winelands and Spur.

The annual Wine on the River festival, on the banks of the Breede River in Robertson, takes place over the same weekend this year (11 -13 October). Entrants are therefore encouraged to bring their entire supporter crew for a fun-filled Java weekend. Find out more at | 023 626 3167.

This charity MTB event will delight regulars and first timers alike, so don’t miss out, enter today at

For more information, visit or contact Alet du Toit at or

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