Besides “THE ROCK” Stage Race, a total of 7 additional MTB and Trail Run offerings are presented on Saturday (at Spice Route) and Sunday (at Rhebokskloof).


“THE ROCK” caters for the entire spectrum of trail runners and mountain-bikers in vibey upbeat race villages boasting lots of entertainment, live bands, stacks of fun activities and a range of artisan culinary delights.

No frills, no fuss… just great trails, tough racing, wonderful camaraderie, and great hospitality! “THE ROCK” affords mountain bikers and trail runners with a passion for their sport a quintessential off-road experience in sublime surroundings without the usual arm-and-a-leg cost to enter.

Entry fee for the 3-stage race is R1350 per rider and entry fees for the various single day Trail Fest offerings are kept affordable to enable as many riders and runners as possible to enjoy the weekend with us.

The entry fees are geared towards lowering the financial entry barrier for mountain-bikers and trail runners in a tough economic climate, which has seen most races decline in participant totals over the past two years.

In keeping with our vision for “THE ROCK”, riders and runners won’t receive useless race pack items, which only add to the entry fee and don’t present much else perceived value anymore.

Honestly…How many stage race jackets do you have stacked away in your cupboard that you’ve never worn? Participants are looked after particularly well on and off the trails and they will have a choice of a wide array of vendors where they can buy breakfast, lunch and dinner on race days.

Wynand de Villiers and Darren Herbst, convenors of the organising committee, have been on the forefront of adventure sports event organisation for the past 15 years and have noticed the changes in the cycling and running industry.

Although the running and cycling are still growing and showing no signs of slowing down, the industry has come under the magnifying glass courtesy of economic pressures, lack of variety, and consumer time constraints. WE HEAR YOU!

Full Service Tour

“THE ROCK” saves no expense in our vision to create the Cape Winelands’ signature mountain bike tour which will attract both local and international participation.

Rider nutrition, water, energy drinks and sumptuous snacks are available at the feed points to spoil and motivate riders during the event.

Full servicing is available halfway on each day and after each stage all bikes are washed and lubed after every day’s stage.

3-day stage race: 150km

  • Day 1 Malmesbury – Rhebokskloof: 54km - 1320m elevation
  • Day 2 Rhebokskloof – Spice Route: 42km - 950m elevation
  • Day 3 Spice route – Rhebokskloof: 47km - 1300m elevation

5km kiddies

MTB: 10km Family Traverse

MTB: 25km Traverse

Trail Run:  5km

Trail Run: 10km

Trail Run: 21km

Kiddies Obstacle Trail Run: 2km

Mountain-bikers can also enter any one of the stage race daily routes individually (if you don’t fancy doing all three stages)