2016 Mountain Bike Stage Race Calendar

 

South Africa is undoubtedly the capital of the marathon cross country stage race world, with well over 50 stage races (and multiday single stage events) to choose from. It's clear that proper planning is required. After the success of our 2015 Stage Race Calendar, we've compiled a list of the mountain bike marathon stage races taking place in South Africa (and other parts of Africa) in 2016.

2016 Stage Race Calendar Sani2c.jpg
Photo: Kelvin Trautman/ Gameplan Media

 

January


23 - 24: EuroSteel Drak Descent (Drakensberg) - Event Website

 

February


6 - 7: Fairtree Capital Simonsberg Contour (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

7 - 13 TransCape MTB (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

13 - 14: Lighthouse to Lighthouse (Gansbaai, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

13 - 14: Stanford MTB Tour (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

12 - 14: DUTOIT Tankwa Trek (Ceres, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

12 - 14: Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience (Gauteng) - Event Website

 

19 - 21: Trans Outeniqua MTB (Great Brak River, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

26 - 28: Garden Route 300 (Knysna, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

March


13 - 20: ABSA Cape Epic (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

18 - 21: 3 Mountains Challenge (Clocolan, Free State) - Event Website

 

31 - 2 April: Spur Lord of the Chain Rings (Hogsback, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

April


15 - 17: Liberty Cape Winelands (Winelands, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

22 - 30: Old Mutual joBerg2c (Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

23 - 24: Cell C Arabella MTB Challenge (Kleinmond, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

30 - 1 May: 7 Passes (Garden Route, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

30 - 1 May: Houw Hoek MTB Tour (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

30 - 2 May: Spar Sabie Experience (Mpumalanga) - Event Website

 

May


6 - 8: Gravel & Grape (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

7 - 8: Gravel & Grape Lite (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

10 - 12: sani2c Trail (KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

11 - 13: sani2c Adventure (KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

12 - 14: sani2c Race (KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

24 - 29: Windhoek Light Namib Quest (Nambia) - Event Website

 

27 – 29: Croc2Croc (Mpumalanga) - Event Website

 

28 – 29: MTBike Girl 2 Day MTB (Oudtshoorn, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

June


1 - 6: Grindrod Bank Pondo Pedal (Wild Coast, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

1 - 9: Race To Rhodes (Kwa-Zulu Natal to Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

3 - 5: PwC Great Zuurberg Trek (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

3 - 5: FNB 1Zambia MTB (Zambia) - Event Website

 

5 - 2 July: Freedom Challenge: Race Across South Africa - Event Website

 

10 – 12: Liberty Waterberg Encounter - Event Website

 

10 – 12: The Gem Diamonds Kalahari Challenge (Botswana) - Event Website

 

11 – 12: Dusi2c (KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

17 - 19: RECM Knysna 200 (Knysna, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

17 - 19: Tour of Legends (Entabeni Game Reserve, Limpopo) - Event Website

 

18 – 19: Fish River Sun MTB Challenge (Fish River Sun, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

25 - 26: RidetheBerg (Northern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

30 – 2 July: Innibos MTB Stage Race (Nelspruit, Mpumulanga) - Event Website

 

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Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media.

 

July


12 - 17: Laikipia XC (Kenya) - Event Website

 

28 – 2 Aug: Nedbank Tour de Tuli (Botswana - Zimbabwe - South Africa) - Event Website

 

August


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

 

6 - 8: Glacier Storms River Traverse (Garden Route, Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

18 - 21: iSimangaliso MTB (iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

September


1 - 3: Namaqua Quest MTB (Namaqualand) - Event Website

 

1 - 4: PE PLETT The Tough One + Lite (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

3 - 4: Potberg & De Hoop MTB (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

3 - 4: Greyton MTB Tour (Greyton, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

9 - 11: Ride2Nowhere (McGregor, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

15 - 17: Dr Evil Classic (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

19 - 24: Lesotho Sky (Lesotho) - Event Website

 

20 - 24: Rift Valley Odyssey (Kenya) - Event Website

 

30 - 2 Oct: Lormar Endurance MTB Tour (Eastern Cape) - Event Website

 

30 - 2 Oct: Isuzu 3 Towers (Mpumalanga) - Event Website

 

October


7 - 9: Berg & Bush Descent (Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

11 - 13: Berg & Bush Great Trek (Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

13 - 15: The INYATSI Swazi Frontier (Swaziland) - Event Website

 

15 - 16: The U MTB Stage Race (Piket-Bo-Berg, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

15 - 16: Berg & Bush 2 Day (Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal) - Event Website

 

16 - 22: Cape Pioneer Trek (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

TBC: Wild Corridor (Eastern/ Western Cape) - Event Website

 

November


4 - 6: FNB Wines2Whales Adventure (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

7 - 9: FNB Wines2Whales Ride (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

11 - 13: FNB Wines2Whales Race (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

19- 20: To Hell And Back (Western Cape) - Event Website

 

25 - 26 (TBC): Origin of Trails (Stellenbosch, Western Cape) - Event Website

 

30 - 5 Dec: The Munga - Event Website

 

The 2016 stage race calendar will be kept up-to-date. If an event has been excluded or you spot an error, please leave a comment on the article so that we can look into it.

 






6 Comments

Nick, Dec 18 2015 11:19

Hi Hubbers

 

To help make the 2016 Stage Race Calendar even better, please let me know if you notice any events that I have left out or if I've made any errors. I'll update the article accordingly.

 

Thanks

TimW, Dec 18 2015 05:48

EuroSteel Drak Descent on January 23 & 24 ...

 

http://www.drakensbe...l-drak-descent/

Wheeler2, Dec 18 2015 06:03

Wow, what an absolutely incredible selection to choose from !! Just shows how quickly the sport is growing.

Nick, Dec 18 2015 06:56

 

EuroSteel Drak Descent on January 23 & 24 ...

 

http://www.drakensbe...l-drak-descent/

 

Thanks.

G-man, Dec 21 2015 05:24

Hi there.
Just wanted to thank you for including our 3Mountains event into your list. This is a great achievement for our race. #gettingnoticed

Thanks