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Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Kaapsehoop #NatMTB7

October 14 - October 15


Situated about 25 km from Mbombela, the capital of Mpumalanga, Kaapsehoop is a fairytale town with a rich and monumental history that lies 1586m above sea level on the Highveld escarpment. With fairy tale charm and historical appeal, Kaapsehoop is a quaint little town at the top of a mountain that boasts mountain biking trails over plantations and indigenous forests in the De Kaap valley. Many of the routes are not publicly accessible and offers magical views of an area that is unspoiled by man, with the exception of a few historical houses and farm land.

Venue: Kaapsehoop, Mpumalanga

GPS Location: 25°35’20.8″S 30°45’50.9″E

Elevation: 738m

Terrain: Single Track, Jeep Track, Gravel Road, Hardpack, Plantations, Indigenous Forest

Features: Hand Built single track, Bridges, River Crossings, Spectacular Views, Dams



Orginally known as “Duiwels Kantoor”, Kaapsehoop was founded in 1882 during the gold rush and was named accordingly to match the hope of achieving the same gold mining success in the nearby De Kaap Valley. Because the town sits near the top of the escarpment, it offers gorgeous views of the area and is famous for its plefora of wild horses that can be seen across the valley. A birders watchers dream, Kaapsehoop boasts lovely B&Bs, hiking and horse riding trails and on a clear night, offers spectacular views of the stars. It’s a malaria free zone, that has fast become a gem to those who want to retreat from the urban jungle and relax in the quiet countryside.



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.

Saturday Programme:

06:00 – 09:30   Registration & Line entries
07:00                      75km Marathon (Stage 1) & Single Day Marathon Fun Race
08:30                     45km Half Marathon (Stage 1) & Single Day Marathon Fun Race
09:30                      20km Fun Race
11:00                       Preliminary Results Day 1 posted
12:00                       Fun Race Prize Giving

Sunday Programme:

06:00 – 10:00   Race office open & 10km Fun Ride registration
07:30                      50km Marathon (Stage 2)
08:30                      35km Half Marathon (Stage 2)
09:30                     10km Fun Ride
11:00                       Preliminary Results Day 2 posted
13:00                      Prize Giving (Day 2 & Overall)



From PTA

Travel on the N4 to Emalahleni

Head northeast on N4 through Emalahleni

Travel from Emalahleni approx 163 km (staying on the N4 – Do not go through Schoemanskloof)

(There is a short stop and go but worth the ten minutes if that)

Just before Ngodwana turn right to Kaapsehoop (Across Engen)

Travel for 14.8 km park just after the entrance to Kaapsehoop


From JHB

Travel on the N12 to Emalahleni

Head northeast on N4 through Emalahleni

Travel from Emalahleni approx 163 km (staying on the N4 – Do not go through Schoemanskloof)

(There is a short stop and go but worth the ten minutes if that)

Just before Ngodwana turn right to Kaapsehoop (Across Engen)

Travel for 14.8 km park just after the entrance to Kaapsehoop



Surname Name Tel no Home Cell Beds E-Mail Address Type of Accommodation
Bothma Neels 013 7344161 0824146970 25 info@kaapsehoopguesthouse.co.za Guesthouse
Bothma Ria 013 7344161 0824503466 25 info@kaapsehoopguesthouse.co.za Guesthouse
Bruwer Marna 2 Little guest cottage
Bester Charmaine 0836015526 charmainebester@gmail.com Guesthouse
Celliers Danie 6 danie.celliers@transnet.net Guesthouse
Celliers Anita 0765893823 6 anita@ampath.co.za Guesthouse
Currie Claudette 0797036577 6 claudiecu2@yahoo.co.uk Self catering
Ferreira Maans 4 marie@cpeonline.co.za Guesthouse
Fourie Andrea 0767647625 17 bohemian@groove.cafe.co.za Self catering
Garrard Trevor 013 7344275 0836425079 4 cornercottage@telkomsa.net Self catering
Garrard Connie 0827454756 cornercottage@telkomsa.net Guesthouse
Henning Jan 0832687025 Art Boutique Guesthouse
Jones Vincent 0825908363 12 mountainhaven01@gmail.com Self catering
Jones Pam 0834539768 6 pamjones@telkomsa.net Self catering
Jordaan Deanne 0832938899 12 deanne@xnets.co.za Backpack style & Self catering
Kleynhans Willie 0828785580 6 willie.charlotte@gmail.com Self catering / catering
Kleynhans Charlotte 0845811624 4 Self catering / catering
Klopper Chriselda 0829232554 6 Guesthouse
Meyer Fransie 0828293414 6 Self catering
Muller Maryna 084679 473 6 Guesthouse
Potgieter Gert 013 7344315 0824151042 20 gertpotgieter@vodamail.co.za Guesthouse
Potgieter Tiny 0729171120 20 Guesthouse
Stander Amanda 013 7344429 0828604824 50 amandastdr@gmail.com Silver Mist Guesthouse
Sieling Rozanne 0824118549 4 sieling@vodamail.co.za Guesthouse
Scheiffer Saartjie Guesthouse
Van Zyl Pierre 824529928 14 kaapsehoopadventures@gmail.com Self catering (7km into plantation)
van Niekerk Reinette 0823332073 3 kaapsehoop.info@gmail.com Self catering/Guesthouse x 3
Wilson Nicola 013 7344883 0824956253 4 mountainfeeva@xnets.co.za Guesthouse
Germishuys Christo 013 7344055 0827745826 12 info@horsebacktrails.co.za Guesthouse


October 14
October 15


South Africa


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