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Ashburton National MTB Series Champagne Valley #NatMTB4

June 10 - June 11


The enchantedness of Champagne Valley draws visitors away from city stressors to escape to a place of rare beauty that manages to remain almost entirely unaffected by development. Situated only two hours from Durban and four hours from Johannesburg, this is a prime area to tackle some of the best mountain biking trails in South Africa.

Found in the Central Drakensberg, Champagne Valley boasts rolling hills, challenging climbs and breath taking backdrops with magnificent mountain views. With cattle paths and hiking trails, along with purposely built mountain biking tracks that includes jeep tracks and downhills with single track, the routes also feature sharp cut backs, berms, wooden bridges and wooden curbs. Champagne Valley’s trails will not only test a riders’ skills, but also make the ride interesting, challenging and scenic.  These routes will be closed off to the public on race days.

You can look forward to a great weekend away with plenty to do and see. Routes with hand built single track, cattle paths, well stocked water points, uncongested routes with little overlap, an expo area, local food stalls & craft beer, massages, bike wash and VIP Area.

Venue: Champagne Sports Resort, R600, Central Drakensburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal

GPS Location: 28°59’48.1″S 29°28’15.4″E

Elevation: 1207m

Terrain: Single Track, Jeep Track, Gravel Road, Savannah, Rocky, Hardpack, Indigenous Forest, Bushveld

Features: Hand Built single track, Bridges, River Crossings, Bush tunnels, Spectacular Views, Floating Bridge,

Mudbuste: Bike Wash – R60 Bike Wash & Storage – R100


Champagne Sports Resort

Situated in the tranquillity of the Central Drakensberg, boasting the most spectacular view of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak, lies Champagne Sports Resort. This cosy hideaway’s unique combination of convenient location, country club atmosphere, luxury accommodation and friendly staff makes packing your bags to leave this eternal place a challenge.

Champagne Sports Resort is more than just a hotel in the mountains, it’s a unique experience. From the 18-hole championship golf course to the roaming herds of Blesbok and Impala and the rare bird life that inhabit the estate, there is something for everyone to enjoy. With outstanding sporting facilities and cultural activities, this enduring resort provides a balance between recreation for sports enthusiasts and tranquillity for those seeking relaxation.

From the moment you arrive at our front door you will feel the stress of the city has been left far behind. Self-contained, free standing thatched cottages provide the finest accommodation, and delectable fare and sumptuous banquets coupled with every possible creature comfort makes Champagne Sports Resort the ultimate ‘berg experience.

Only a three-and-a-half hours drive from Johannesburg and 2-hours from Durban, the resort is ideally situated for both relaxing leisure weekends and for corporate conferences.

For more info on Champagne Sports Resort, visit their website


We’ve partnered with Champagne Sports Resort to give you a discounted rate for accommodation over the race weekend.

To ensure a discounted rate, please download and fill in the booking form and follow forwarding instructions as indicated on the form.


Freeway route from Durban

  1. Take N3 past Pietermaritzburg, through Mooi River and past the Wagendrift Dam (on your left).
  2. Take Exit 179 (ESTCOURT NORTH) and turn left at the glide-off.
  3. Travel 28kms through Loskop (beware of animals on this road) to the crossroads signposted R600 Central Drakensberg.
  4. Turn left and drive for ±11kms to Champagne Sports on your left.


Scenic route from Johannesburg, suitable ONLY if conditions are not wet or freezing 

  1. Take N3 from Johannesburg to Harrismith then right onto N5 (BETHLEHEM/BLOEMFONTEIN).
  2. Turn left onto R712 (QWA-QWA/BERGVILLE) after ±5kms, then left again onto R74 (BERGVILLE/OLIVIERSHOEK PASS) after ±10kms.
  3. Pass Sterkfontein Dam, through Bergville towards Winterton.
  4. Once in Winterton, turn right at the crossroads signposted R600 Central Drakensberg (at the Engen garage).
  5. Continue ±13kms, over the Thokozisa crossroads, then for another ±11kms to Champagne Sports on your left. ±11kms to Champagne Sports on your left.


Freeway route from Johannesburg

  1. Take N3 from Johannesburg to Van Reenen’s Pass, and through Tugela Plaza at the bottom of the Pass.
  2. Travel ±14kms to R616 (BERGVILLE) turn, then left onto N11 to Ladysmith.
  3. Drive for ±4kms before turning right onto R600 (SPIOENKOP/WINTERTON).
  4. Go over highway, past Spioenkop Lodge/Nature Reserve to T-junction.
  5. Turn left towards Winterton.
  6. Once in Winterton, turn right at the crossroads signposted R600 Central Drakensberg (at the Engen garage).
  7. Continue ±13kms, over the Thokozisa crossroads, then for another ±11kms to Champagne Sports on your left.








A short up to 10km route to ride is available on the Sunday. This will take place on open roads and will be laid out to be as flat as possible, area permitting. This distance is recommended for kids between the ages of 3 – 11yrs. As always we allow parents to accompany their kids.


This race is aimed at riders who are young or novices in cycling or mountain biking but is not recommended to children under the age of 12 years. The routes are between 16-20km, with an ascent of no more than 300m, depending on the venue.


Relatively fit, intermediate, skilled and recreational riders will find the climbs and some of the rocky, rutted surfaces challenging. The terrain and descents can be dangerous, therefore it is recommended that riders be cautious while on the route. The distance varies between 40-45km, with an ascent of 400-1000m, venue depending. Riders are encouraged to make use of water points.

MARATHON – (70 – 80KM)

The Marathon route should not be underestimated. It’s a challenging distance with rough terrain, consisting of a 70-75km distance with a 1000-2000m ascent, venue depending. Riders are encouraged to study the route profile before a race and make themselves familiar with water point locations.


* Subject to change
  This is a preliminary programme, to give a general idea of the weekend schedule.
  Please note* Your batch and start time will be emailed to you in the week leading up to race weekend.


Friday: 15:00 – 19:00 (Race Venue)
Saturday: 07:00 – 9:15 (Race Venue)
Sunday: 07:00 – 10:00 (Race Venue)

Saturday Programme:

08:00                    Marathon (Stage 1) & Single Day
08:35                     Half Marathon (Stage 1) & Single Day
09:00                    Fun Race
11:00                      Preliminary Results Day 1 posted
12:00                      Fun Race Prize Giving

Sunday Programme:

08:00                     Marathon (Stage 2)
09:15                      Half Marathon (Stage 2)
09:40                     Fun Ride
11:00                      Preliminary Results Day 2 posted
13:00                      Prize Giving (Day 2 & Overall)


 Little Explorers

Drop off services for children between the ages of 3 – 12


June 10
June 11


Champagne Sports Resort
Cathkin Park, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa


+27 (086) 199-000-1
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