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9th Botrivier Van Der Stel Pass Challenge (MTB)

The 9th Botrivier Van Der Stel Pass Challenge (MTB) will take place on the 26th October 2013. The race is hosted by the Botrivier Education Foundation (BEF) a non-profitable voluntary association.

The aims and objectives of the organization are to motivate and assist students in Botrivier to study in the fields of engineering, medicine and charter accountancy. Students are in a mentoring program and financial assistance is given in the form of school fees, educational excursions and university fees.

Forty seven (47) students are in the program with 22 currently at various universities studying accounting, engineering, education and science.  Read more at
Event Date: 26 Oct 2013
Province: Western Province
Venue: Historic Botrivier Station
Online Start Date: 18 Jun 2013
Online End Date: 21 Oct 2013
Contact: Wilfred / Anthony
Contact Number: 021 8512295  or  083 324 1846  /  083 773 2574


Distance & Entry Fee
60km - R171
40km - R125
15km - R57
T-shirt: R91.20
Cap: R41
Start Time
08h30 - 60km
08h30 - 40km
08h45 - 15km
Late registration and number collection: Friday 25th October 2013 from 15h00 until 20h00 in registration tent on the station. Morning of the race from 05h00.
All pre-entries until Monday 21st October 2013
Historic Botrivier Station. This has been  the venue for the race since inception. The station dates back to the 1800’s. The Botrivier Hotel, Beaumont Wine Farm, (other accommodation) are in close vicinity to the station.
TRIBAL ECHO, Marimba and Steel bands. Traditional foods. R1000, overnight stay at Luxury resorts near Botrivier forms part of lucky draws.
Route Description
Mainly gravel road and jeep tracks. Short single tracks are scattered along the course. The purpose of the route design is to enjoy the breathtaking views, but still need enough fitness and cycling in those legs especially for the 60km. The last 10km is a ride on the escarpment until the last descent back to the Botrivier station. Enough water and soft drinks will be served along the route manned by friendly marshalls. All three routes follow the same direction challenging the “Hill of friends” so called due to an incline that will require most moderately fit riders to descent their bicycles for a short while, have a friendly chat whilst enjoying the scenery.

The 15km route cut away on top of the “Hill of friends” and ran downhill back to the station. The 40km and 60kmraces follow the scenic Van der Stel pass before the 60km turns left with a steep climb for 2km towards Paardevlei. The riders will enjoy beautiful views once at the top of this climb. From here easy fast riding with stepwise decline through farming areas including the eagles nesting farm – Porcupine  Hills. The two long routes join again at the bottom of the Hawston view road. From here both routes travel together for ±4km until they once again split on the adjacent Hawston view farm. No further hills for the 40km as they head back to the station with a view of the Botrivier lagoon on their far left. The 60km route continues through open farm land with short inclines until joining the 40km route back to the station via the Beaumont wine farm

Male and female winners of the 60km race receive R1000, 40km winner receives R500 and 15km R100. Category prize money is available.  Many fun activities on the day includes a barrel race as well as a 21km/10km & 5k run or walk as well as a 6km cultural historic walk.

This is the profile of 2012. New interesting sections have been included in the 2013 race but the profile mainly stays the same. The final  profile will be published closer to race day.

Registration And Administration:  
Wilfred  021 851 2295  or  083 324 1846  or email Fax: 021 851 2295
Route Description:
Anthony @  083 773 2574  or email

To read more about the Botrivier Education Foundation or to make a donation visit:


I agree not to hold the Botrivier Education Foundation, organizers or individuals assisting in the organization or holding of the mountain bike race liable for any injury, illness or loss I may suffer directly as a result of participating in the event. I realize that mountain biking is a dangerous sport and I declare that I am participating at my own risk.
Last update on this event: 10/10/2013
Event added: 10/10/2013
General Event Details
Saturday, 26 October 2013
Western Cape, Botrivier