First-year event, the Nelson’s Creek MTB Festival at Nelson Wine Estate near Paarl in South Africa, is offering 500 riders a full weekend of riding and activities September 13th and 14th.
The options start with a three-day MTB stage race which provide advanced riders with the chance to start training for longer races on the cycling calendar, like the Coronation Double Century held around Swellendam later this year and next year’s stage race season with events like the Cape Epic. The stage-race weekend will also include amenities (sports massage therapists will be on hand at the end of stages 1 and 2) and R10,00 in prize moeny. The stage race is limited to 500 racers.
Less ambitious riders will have the chance to compete a seven-kilometre Friday night race as well as 15, 30 and 50 kilometer events run while the stage racers are out on course. Camping for the whole family
Alan Nelson, owner of Nelson Wine Estate which has been in existence since 1692, has made 700 camping sites available on his farm, with the much-needed “luxuries” of flush toilets and hot showers. For more information or to enter, visit www.mtbfestival.co.za.