2019 Mountain Bike Stage Race Calendar

With all the stage races taking place in South Africa and its neighbouring countries, it can get a bit hectic trying to plan your schedule. Here is our list of the mountain bike stage races being held in 2019, so you can start organising your race calendar for the year. Enjoy the ride!

 

January


19 - 20: EuroSteel Drak Descent (Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

February

 

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Do you enjoy rugged single track and mountaintop summits? Then Tankwa Trek should be your choice in February. Read our race reports from 2018 here. Photo credit: Oak Pics.
2 - 3: Fairtree Capital Simonsberg Contour (Stellenbosch, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

2 - 9: TransCape MTB (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

7 - 10: PE Plett (Garden Route) - Event Website

 

7 - 10: Momentum Health Tankwa Trek presented by Biogen (Ceres, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

15 - 17: Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience (Gauteng) - Event Website

 

16 - 17: Stanford MTB Classic (Stanford, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

20 - 23: Knysna Bull (Knysna, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

23 - 24: Lighthouse to Lighthouse (Gansbaai, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

March


1 - 3: Darling Hills MTB (Darling, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

17 - 24: ABSA Cape Epic (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

21 - 24: 3 Mountains Challenge (Clocolan, Free State) - Event Website

 

TBC: Route Six 2 Two Trails (Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

29 - 31: Sabie Xperience (Mpumalanga) - Event Website

 

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The Absa Cape Epic dominates the calendar in March. Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

 

April


5 - 7: Glacier Cradle Traverse (Gauteng) - Event Website

 

6 - 7: Cederberg 100 Miler - 2-day Trek (Cederberg, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

6 - 7: The Cradle Mountain Trophy (Maropeng, Gauteng) - Event Website

 

12 - 14: Liberty Winelands Encounter (Franschhoek, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

25 - 27: Trail & Trout (Mpumalanga) - Event Website

 

26 - 04 May: Old Mutual joBerg2c (Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

27 - 29: Trek 2 Teebus (Steynsburg, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

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With nine days of riding, joberg2c has the most stages on the South African calendar. Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c

 

May


02 - 04: Great Kei Trek (Queenstown, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

03 - 05: Gravel & Grape (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

04 - 05: Houw Hoek MTB Tour (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: Klein-Aus Vista MTB Challenge (Namibia) - Event Website

 

11 - 12: RidetheBerg (Northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

14 - 16: sani2c Trail (KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

15 - 16: sani2c Adventure (KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

16 - 18: sani2c Race (KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

TBC: Mpekweni MTB Classic (Mpekweni Beach Resort, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

23 - 25: PwC Great Zuurberg Trek (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

31 - 02 June: 1Zambia MTB (Zambia) - Event Website

 

31 - 03 June: Bezhoek Extreme MTB Festival (Bezuidenhoutshoek Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga) - Event Website

 

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The iconic cabbage Tree at the beginning of the famous 'Umko Drop' on stage two of the KAP sani2c from Mackenzie Club to Jolivet. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

 

June


08 - 10: Liberty Waterberg Encounter (Limpopo) - Event Website

 

11 - 14: Kilimanjaro 2 Ngorongoro (Tanzania) - Event Website

 

12 - 16: Grindrod Bank Umngazi Pondo Pedal (Wild Coast, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

15 - 17: Trans Augrabies (Green Kalahari, Northern Cape) - Event Website

 

12 - 20: Race To Rhodes (Kwa-Zulu Natal to Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

14 - 16: Katberg Quest (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

15 - 17: The Greyt Escape (Greyton, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

16 - 20: Cape Country Unplugged (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

16 - 04 July: Freedom Challenge: Race Across South Africa - Event Website

 

28 - 30: The Midlands (Howick, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

July


12 - 14: Zambezi Cycle Challenge (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe) - Event Website

 

14 - 18: Imana Wild Ride (Wild Coast, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

23 - 28: Tour de Tuli (Botswana - Zimbabwe - South Africa) - Event Website

 

August


02 - 04: Y2Karoo (Colesberg, Northern Cape) - Event Website

 

09 - 11: Glacier Storms River Traverse (Garden Route, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: The Umko Adventure (Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

23 - 25: Magoeba Trek (Magoebaskloof, Limpopo) - Event Website

 

31 - 01 Sept: Greyton MTB Tour (Greyton, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

September


06 - 08: Namaqua Quest MTB (Namaqualand, Northern Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: iSimangaliso MTB (iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

06 - 08: Ride2Nowhere (McGregor, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

08 - 14: Cape Pioneer Trek (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: Cape Pioneer Trek Adventure (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

19 - 21: Dr Evil Classic (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

19 - 28: Rift Valley Odyssey (Kenya) - Event Website

 

20 - 22: Isuzu 3 Towers (Mpumalanga) - Event Website

 

20 - 22: Langeberg Link (Swellendam, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

22 - 23: Funky Fynbos Festival (Gansbaai, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

23- 28: Lesotho Sky (Roma, Lesotho) - Event Website

 

27 - 29: De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience (De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

27 - 29: Lormar Endurance MTB Tour: #FarmTrail (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: The Magalies Adventure (Gauteng) - Event Website

 

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Coming out of winter, September is packed with stage races. Cape Pioneer Trek is a favourite amongst the racers whilst the more adventurous riders should definitely seek out mountain biking's soul at Lesotho Sky (Pictured above. Photo credit: Wayne Reiche).

October


04 - 06: Lormar Endurance MTB Tour: #SheepTrail (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: Combo X MTB Tour (Arniston, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

04 - 06: Berg & Bush Descent (Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

08 - 10: Berg & Bush Great Trek (Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

10 - 12: The INYATSI Swazi Frontier (Swaziland) - Event Website

 

12 - 13: Berg & Bush 2 Day (Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

TBC: Eselfontein Festival (Ceres, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

18 - 20: The U MTB (Piket-Bo-Berg, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: Grit Colin Mayer Tour (Mauritius) - Event Website

 

25 - 27: FNB Wines2Whales Chardonnay (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

29 - 31: FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

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In only a few years, The U MTB has developed a cult following and it's not hard to understand why. The race boasts some of the best trails in the country with genuine family hospitality and a relaxing race village. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock.

 

November


1 - 3: FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: Wild Corridor MTB Ride (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

16 -17: To Hell And Back (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: Sondela (Bela-Bela, Limpopo) - Event Website

 

27 Nov - 02 Dec: The Munga (Single stage) - Event Website

 

30 Nov - 01 Dec: Origin Of Trails MTB Experience (Stellenbosch, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

December


It seems everyone agrees that December is a time to take a break after a busy year of stage racing.

 




3 Comments

duanelr, Dec 13 2018 11:52

Yess! Time to get planning!!

Charmaine Eksteen, Jan 14 2019 05:12

Hi
Can you please add the Trans Augrabies Stage Race to your Calendar 15th-17th June 2019?
Kind Regards

Nick, Jan 14 2019 05:21

Hi
Can you please add the Trans Augrabies Stage Race to your Calendar 15th-17th June 2019?
Kind Regards

 

Hi Charmaine,

 

Thank you for info. I have added the race to the article.

 

You can also create an event listing in our Event Calendar here.