The Tru-Cape-sponsored Eselfontein MTB Festival, held in Ceres in the Western Cape in October, is an important fundraiser for local communities. According to organiser Janene Malherbe of the farm Eselfontein in Ceres which grows apples, pears, and cherries for Tru-Cape and has a dairy, the 2022 Eselfontein Festival raised R40, 000 each for its five beneficiaries.
“We have paid the money to the schools and homes on behalf of the Eselfontein MTB. Each of the five organisations received R40 000. Ceres Home for the Aged however, received an additional R12 000 that was specifically collected for their Dementia and Alzheimers department by our local minister, Rev. Jandre Viljoen and his team,” she says.
“As a result of our efforts and the excellent support we received from our community of riders, we, with Tru-Cape’s and help from other sponsors, have contributed R212 000. Thank you,” Malherbe says adding that now is the time to dust off your mountain bikes and lace up your running shoes, because the adventure-packed Eselfontein MTB Festival 2023 is just around the bend, ready to deliver an experience of a lifetime,” she says.
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Eselfontein Farm in Ceres, this year’s festival, scheduled from 13th to 15th October 2023, promises a captivating lineup of events and activities that cater to outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
Throughout the weekend, indulge your taste buds with a variety of delectable options from food, beverage, and coffee vendors on-site. A refreshing swimming pool provides the perfect opportunity to unwind after a day of racing. Participants can avail themselves of a dedicated bike shop and bike wash area to ensure their equipment remains in top condition.
Security-conscious attendees will appreciate the availability of a secure bike park to safeguard their prized possessions.
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, a leisure cyclist, or an admirer of natural beauty, the Eselfontein MTB Festival 2023 promises an unforgettable experience. Secure your spot now and prepare for an epic outdoor getaway that combines adrenaline, adventure, and the stunning landscapes of Ceres. The Eselfontein MTB Festival not only promises heart-pounding action but also provides an array of support services and amenities to ensure a seamless experience for all participants:
A Day of Thrilling Races (Saturday, 14th October 2023)
As the sun peeks over the horizon on Saturday, the excitement of the Eselfontein MTB Festival will be in full swing. The day’s races will commence between 7:00 and 8:00 AM, offering participants a chance to choose from a variety of options that suit their skills and preferences.
Mountain biking enthusiasts can gear up for two challenging races:
The 55km MTB Race, a test of endurance that will have your heart pounding as you conquer the rugged terrain, all for a registration fee of R500.
For those seeking a slightly shorter but equally exhilarating challenge, the 20km MTB Race will provide the perfect opportunity, with a registration fee of R400.
If you’re more inclined towards pounding the trails on foot, the 15km Trail Run is tailor-made for you. Lace up those running shoes and explore the natural beauty of the surroundings for a registration fee of R400.
The Ultimate Adventure: Three-Day Stage Race
For the adventurers who seek the thrill of a multi-day challenge, the Three Day Stage Race is a prime opportunity to push your limits and experience the festival to its fullest. With only 300 entries available, this exclusive race promises an unforgettable journey through three days of intense competition and breathtaking landscapes:
Day 1 (Friday, 13th October): Embark on a 30km ride starting at 18:00, as the sun begins its descent.
Day 2 (Saturday, 14th October): The sunrise will usher in a 55km race, starting at 7:00 AM, testing your skills and stamina.
Day 3 (Sunday, 15th October): Conclude the adventure with a 40km ride that kicks off at 7:00 AM.
A World of Support and Amenities
Massages: Rejuvenate your weary muscles with a 45-minute massage for R600, designed to provide the ultimate recovery.
Bike Workshop: Keep your trusty two-wheeled companion in top shape with two bike service packages:
Package 1: Mini Services: Opt for this comprehensive package priced at R800 for two days.
Package 2: Wash and Lube: Choose between a two-day package for R150 or a one-day package for R100.
Beyond the Races
The Eselfontein MTB Festival goes beyond the races, offering an array of attractions to make your stay truly memorable:
The festival boasts CSA sanctioning, ensuring a competitive and secure environment for all participants.
All participants can enjoy free camping grounds, immersing themselves in the festival atmosphere and camaraderie.