Adventure Events

Groot Marico Rotary MTB Race

The Marico Mountainbike Classic will take place on 2nd August 2014. The event will once again start at the Bosman Living Museum Terrain in Groot Marico ( next to the NG Church in town ) and will follow the same route as last year. All monies will go towards community upliftment and empowerment. Groot Marico is one of the poorest communities in South Africa , and this event is a fundraising by Rotary Rustenburg to support community projects in Groot Marico. The Marico MTB Classic is in existence for the past 10 years – this year we are combining it with stalls , food and music to entertain families as well.

Event Date: 02 Aug 2014
Province: North West Province
Venue: Groot Marico -The HC Bosman Living Museum Terrain ( Next To NG Church)
Online Start Date: 23 Apr 2014
Online End Date: 30 Jul 2014
Contact: Information Centre Groot Marico - Santa van Bart
Contact Number: 083 272 2958 or 014 503 0085 ( all hours )


Distance & Route Description
60km: On dirt, jeep and single track, including extreme technical terrain with lots of loose rock, shale, etc with one portage of 200m. Total ascent about 1400m.
50km: A fourth distance of 51km has been added on.
40km: On jeep track and dirt road, all ride able.
20km: On dirt road.( first 3 km tar road )
5km – For the kids and their moms

Since last year the distance of 50km has been added to the Marico Mountainbike Classic. For those riders familiar with the route: when reaching the bottom of the Kloof with all the river crossings, instead of turning left, you turn right. You will reach the traditional third watering point after about 2km. The 50km distance gives the added thrill over the 40km ride of a technical downhill, three additional water crossings and another technical uphill, while eliminating the steep portage out of Doringkloof. The organisers believe that the 50km ride will be rideable for the technically skilled and fit mountain bikers. The entry fee will be the same as for the 60km route

Race Fee
60km – R150
50km – R150
40km – R100
20km – R50
5km  - R10

Start Time
60km – 09h00
50km – 09h15
40km – 09h25
20km – 09h30
5km – 09h40

Groot Marico is situated less than two hours from Gauteng on the N4 West, close to the Botswana border. Distance from Pretoria is less than 200km. It is a small village forgotten by time, but with some of the best technical riding in South Africa. If you want to get a feel for the area, you can read all the Marico stories by Herman Charles Bosman or visit the website

Accommodation ranging from camping to five star luxury can be booked through  Santa van Bart at the Information Centre in Groot Marico
Cell: 083 272 2958  or landline  014 503 0085 ( all hours )
E-mail:  or

West on N4 past Rustenburg for 90km, Groot Marico is on the left. Take the first turn-off into Groot Marico and follow the signs to Bosman terrain. Groot Marico is 200km from Gauteng. Beware of the speed traps on the N4 through Swartruggens; they trap 95% of the time.

Time Keeping
Will be done and available on website from the Tuesday after the race.
Last update on this event: 09/06/2014
Event added: 09/06/2014
General Event Details
Saturday, 02 August 2014
North West Province, Groot Marico