Adventure Events



The eighth edition of the Staalwater MTB Challenge will take place from The Caledon Casino, Hotel, Spa and Entertainment on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of August. For the 2nd time the event will include a 2-day mountain bike option, with additional 40km & 60km mountain bike distances on the Saturday morning.

Riders can choose to ride any of the days or make a weekend of it and participate in both days. The usual Saturday morning trail run offering of 7km &15km remains.

At only R440 for the Staalwater MTB Challenge long routes, it is the most affordable 2-day mtb outing on the calendar, with riders free to choose their accommodation and meal options to fit their budgets.

The popular Sunday mountain bike routes return with 15km, 40km and 60km offerings. The two-day format offers overall category prizes for riders that complete both long routes, or both of the shorter 40km options over the weekend. Each day is treated as an independent fun ride with prize giving daily.

The late August date coincides with vast fields of yellow canola blossoms and lush green wheat fields, making for a visual feast not to be missed.

The host, The Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa offers panoramic views of the Klein Swartberg Mountains, conveniently located only an hour’s drive from Cape Town.  Both mountain bike and trail running events offer routes for amateurs to advanced mountain bikers/trail runners so bring the whole family for a fun filled weekend! The Overberg region with its stunning scenery, diverse landscape and quiet dirt roads is fast-becoming a favourite destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Those looking for a getaway can spend the weekend at the Caledon Casino, Hotel & Spa with an array of activities from great dining to gaming and after a day of running or cycling enjoy the restorative powers of the hot springs at the hotel spa.

Meurant Botha from Dirtopia, the organizers of the Staalwater Mountain Bike Challenge and Trail Run, says: “The Staalwater Challenge while giving professional riders a challenging race is also a fun-filled opportunity for those who simply want to enjoy a refreshing ride in beautiful surroundings with their friends and families. You don’t have to be super fit or fast to be part of it. We have different routes to suit different fitness levels.

“So, bring your family and friends and participate in this great outdoor adventure experience.”


DATES: Saturday and Sunday, 19 & 20 August 2017

VENUE: The Caledon Casino, Hotel, Spa and Entertainment.  Caledon, Overberg.


Dependent on distance and days

Amarider and tag holders: R110.00 - R400.00

Other pre-entries: R125.00 - R440.00

Late entries: R140.00 - R600.00


The shorter routes are designed to encourage newcomers to the sport. The event will feature two trail run distances of 7km for the kids, family and friends whereas the 15km caters for those wanting more of a challenge - both routes take participants on a scenic tour of the countryside with some great singletrack sections. The trail run takes place on the Saturday and the mountain bike challenge is on Saturday and the Sunday. The Mountain Bike Challenge, which starts and ends at The Caledon Hotel entrance, takes racers on an adventurous journey through a mix of private farms and district dirt roads. There are three routes of varying distances and level of difficulty to choose from; 60km, 40km and a 15km fun ride for beginners and children. Well worth the drive to this beautiful area.

The refreshment station will have Powerade, fruit & jellies and Coke at the finish for all!


Saturday:60km (55km actual) - 1000m elevation


Saturday: 40km ( 42km actual)  - 820m elevation


Sunday: 60km (59,7km) - 1048m elevation


Sunday: 40km (37,2km actual) 633m elevation


Sunday: 15km (13,5km actual) 200m elevation


A Giant Simple Seven bike valued at R3500 to be in the lucky draw!

Products from Giant, FALKE, Cape Storm and Sram


We encourage participants to make a weekend of it and spend some time enjoying activities that The Caledon has to offer! Lots of entertainment at the Casino with surprise draws, kiddies play area & jumping castles, bar, meal stalls and more.



Friday, 18 August

08H00 – 14H00 Registration @Dirtopia Trail Centre, Delvera farm

18H30 – 19H30 Registration @Caledon Hotel – conference room


Saturday, 19 August

07h30-09h00 Registration @Caledon Hotel – conference room. Try to register at least 30min before you start! No substitutions for the Trail Run on the day!


Trail Run:

09h30   15km start

09h45    7km start



MTB Challenge:

09h00    60km start

09h15    40km start


11h30 Trail Run Prize giving & lucky draw (Provisional)

13h00 MTB Prize giving & lucky draw (Provisional)

16h00 - 17h00 MTB Registration @conference room


Sunday, 20 August

07h00-09h00 Registration @Caledon Hotel – conference room. Try to register at least 30min before you start! No substitutions on the day!


MTB Challenge:

09h00    60km start

09h15    40km start

09h30    15km start


13h30    Prize giving & lucky draw


For more event information, email Call Dirtopia Trail Centre on 021 884 4752 for further event enquires.

Last update on this event: 31/05/2017
Event added: 31/05/2017
General Event Details
Saturday, 19 August 2017 - Sunday, 20 August 2017
Western Cape, Caledon
Alanda Radley
Tel: 082 809 9878
Fax: 086 614 2808
Map of Event Start