The most affordable MTB on the race calendar also features some of the most challenging single track and downhill descents and again promises to stretch riders to their limits while raising funds for local charities.


Sponsored by Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, this event on Eselfontein, a farm that produces apples, pears, peaches and dairy in the Warm Bokkeveld of Ceres, contributes more than R100, 000 to local schools and homes for the aged.


Eselfontein owners, Deon and Janene Malherbe are this year making the challenge even more compelling by offering a R30, 000 cash payout to the team that beats last year’s record of 7 hours, 20 minutes and 31 seconds.


The Tru-Cape Eselfontein Festival is a three-stage Mountain Bike event and Trail Run which begins with a 40km day/night challenge at 18h00 on Friday. Routes on Saturday, October 14, include the 55km MTB kicking off at 07h00 as well as a 15km Trail Run. On Sunday the 45km MTB continues from 07h00. “People can enter single races, if they’d like to”, says Deon Malherbe. Entries are available online or on the day.”


The Malherbes are fifth-generation Eselfontein owners and Tru-Cape growers who hold this annual event to contribute much needed funds in their community.
Janene explains that homes for the aged Maudie Kriel, Ceres Tuiste and Peter Strauss will benefit. Deon says that the Ceres schools supported include Charlie Hofmeyr and Gericke Primary School.


“We want our whole community to be involved in our festival and have especially set fees at the lowest level possible as well as providing free camping for entrants and their families,” says Deon.
“There’s lots to do for the whole family like market food stalls, great coffee by Seattle Coffee,  jumping castles, swimming pool and games for kids, and for adults we will have meat from PA Hamlet’s famous Geldenhuys butchery for sale to braai or fully cooked meat for purchase too. We will even have local craft beer and live music!”


“At the age of 10 I was setting out MTB tracks on our farm and am filled with pride when I think about the staggering natural beauty we have been blessed with at Eselfontein and the thrilling downhill opportunities for everyone to enjoy.” Deon ends.


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