The Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle
Challenge & Trail Run

The 100-plus kilometres of hand-crafted singletrack on the Moutons Valley and Buglers Post farms on Piketberg are usually the private playground of the landowners and a few very select friends. The farmers open this hallowed network to the public on only two weekends a year – for The U MTB Stage Race and, the Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge & Trail Run.

Where The U is an exclusive premium offering for riders only, the Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge & Trail Run is a fun, vibey day out for the whole family, featuring fantastic food and local hospitality at its finest.

The Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge & Trail Run was created entirely for the benefit of the Piket-Bo-Berg Residents Association , a non-profit organisation heavily involved in community development in the area.

The PBBRA contributes to the local economy by supporting local businesses to supply goods and services for a variety of functions and activities. Their investment in the local community with regards to training, skills and business development further contributes to the growth of the local economy. 

The Cycle Challenge and Trail Run is a family event featuring routes for all skill and fitness levels: MTB: 63km, 37km, 27km & 12km and Trail Run: 18km & 8km.

RACE DETAILS

The following Mountain Bike routes are available:

The 63km MTB Challenge:

  • 1 600m ascent
  • 62% singletrack
  • 7/10 technical score
  • Ideal for experienced riders.

The 37km MTB Challenge:

  • 700m ascent
  • 62% single-track
  • 6/10 technical score
  • For riders looking to build technical skills and fitness.

The 27km MTB Challenge:

  • 594m ascent
  • 44% single-track
  • 4/10 technical score
  • A great introduction to our trails for fitness and skill.

The 12km MTB Challenge:

  • 207m ascent
  • 25% single-track
  • 2/10 technical score
  • Complete with a pump track and introductory single-track.

ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS

All Routes start in the century-old Oak Avenue, the entrance to the Starke’s family farm, Mouton’s Valley. The water points are set up at approximately every 10 kilometres – be sure to refuel – there are no free kilometres on these trails!

The first big climb starts at the Cross Over Bridge at the first single track “Hermitage” that loops into a short section of jeep track, that then links up with “Never Ending Story.” It is 1.3km long and has 100 meters of ascent. This is a wide single track with switchbacks and contours winding up the mountain giving you a stunning view of our beautiful valley. Riders continue to “Red Rock Rabbit Run” and “Muddy Waters”

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Look forward to several highlights including “Buchu Bends” built by Eric Starke to showcase a stunning view of Table Mountain. You will also be treated to a spectacular view of the Sandveld and Atlantic Ocean on “Gryskop”!

“Rhino’s Passage” takes you south to “Suicide Run” where all your efforts on the various climbs will be rewarded with an epic 1.4km descend! Exiting “Suicide Run” brings you onto a dam wall and into the heart of Michele Starke’s Buchu fields.  Mouton’s Valley is the largest organic buchu farm in South Africa, producing essential oil and dried leaves for the world market.

Over the dam wall and next is “Bokdoring Draai” and “Twin Peaks”, both offer technical twists and turns leading into flowing sections that then link up with “The Canyon”. The fast downhill starts here taking you through “Steyntjies Poort” and into “Porcupine Avenue” – arguably one of the best sections on our trails.

Then you wind your way around the orchards on jeep tracks. Riders will turn left after Water Point 3 and head up Levant Hill on a jeep track that contours around it, then a short climb takes riders into “Yellow Cliff Road”.

This trail is a 1.3km switchback climb with an ascend of 100 meters. Make sure you leave something in the proverbial tank for this climb. It is technical – fitness and endurance are required to reach the top.

After “Yellow Cliff Road” you climb into Levant Hill and circle around Avontuur Dam via “Hello Kitty” named after John Ince’s chance encounter one evening with a Leopard. From “Hello Kitty” you cycle through “Marshlands” and enter Buglers Post farm, belonging to John and Marika Ince.

One of the several highlights here include the “Muy Berg” singletrack, which will give you a splendid view of the Rooi Karoo. Next, the Pine Forest Play Park with some interesting obstacles including swinging bridges, ride the plank, drops and more, to test your skills! You then follow the road around Buglers Post and climb to the Duncan’s farm, Pomona.

Here your challenge is “The Throne” – a remarkable first effort at building a singletrack from Rob Duncan. Now you are at the highest elevation point of the route! And the last water point!

The trail descends back to Buglers Post via “Blaaukop”, and then connects to “Jakkelskloof”. Next is “Owls Corner” and a steep Jeep track climb gets you to “The Bug”. “The Bug” takes you north and starts the descent to the finish line via “Fairy Meadows”. When you get to “Rondekop” you are back on Mouton’s Valley and the flat and fast jeep track, which runs next to the Bushman’s River will take you all the way to the FINISH.

The first big climb starts at the Cross Over Bridge at the first single track “Hermitage” that loops into a short section of jeep track, that then links up with “Never Ending Story.” It is 1.3km long and has 100 meters of ascent. This is a wide single track with switchbacks and contours winding up the mountain giving you a stunning view of our beautiful valley. Riders continue to “Red Rock Rabbit Run” and “Muddy Waters”.

Read more

Look forward to several highlights including “Buchu Bends” built by Eric Starke to showcase a stunning view of Table Mountain. You will also be treated to a spectacular view of the Sandveld and Atlantic Ocean on “Gryskop”!

“Rhino’s Passage” takes you south to “Suicide Run” where all your efforts on the various climbs will be rewarded with an epic 1.4km descend!

Exiting “Suicide Run” brings you onto a dam wall and into the heart of Michele Starke’s Buchu fields.  Mouton’s Valley is the largest organic buchu farm in South Africa, producing essential oil and dried leaves for the world market.

Over the dam wall and next is “Bokdoring Draai” and “Twin Peaks”, both offer technical twists and turns leading into flowing sections that then link up with “The Canyon”. The fast downhill starts here taking you through “Steyntjies Poort” and into “Porcupine Avenue” – arguably one of the best sections on our trails.

Then you wind your way around the orchards on jeep tracks. At Water Point 3, riders head home on a flat and fast jeep track, which runs next to the Bushman’s River.

The first big climb starts at the Cross Over Bridge at the first single track “Hermitage” that loops into a short section of jeep track, that then links up with “Never Ending Story.” It is 1.3km long and has 100 meters of ascent. This is a wide single track with switchbacks and contours winding up the mountain giving you a stunning view of our beautiful valley. Riders continue to “Red Rock Rabbit Run” and “Muddy Waters”.

Read More

The 27km riders join the 37km & 63 km riders at “Suicide Run” where all your efforts on the various climbs will be rewarded with an epic 1.4km descend!

Exiting “Suicide Run” brings you onto a dam wall and into the heart of Michele Starke’s Buchu fields.  Mouton’s Valley is the largest organic buchu farm in South Africa, producing essential oil and dried leaves for the world market.

Over the dam wall and next is “Bokdoring Draai” and “Twin Peaks”, both offer technical twists and turns leading into flowing sections that then link up with “The Canyon”. The fast downhill starts here taking you through “Steyntjies Poort” and into “Porcupine Avenue” – arguably one of the best sections on our trails.

Then you wind your way around the orchards on jeep tracks. At Water Point 3, riders head home on a flat and fast jeep track, which runs next to the Bushman’s River.

The 12 km MTB Challenge is a great introduction to singletrack riding for the young and young at heart. The route takes you along the perimeter of orchards, across the dam wall and into the first of six singletracks – “the Pine forest”, which has mini table tops and berms.

Watch out for the “Redhill” climb, punchy uphill switchbacks on “Monkey climb” and when you get to the Bluegum trees you are halfway. Riders will enjoy jeeptrack through the orchards and back to the finish line.

TRAIL RUN

Expect a treat of pristine fynbos, beautiful rock formations and stunning vistas on your run!

THE IDEAL ROUTE TO EXPLORE OUR BEAUTIFUL AREA.

The 8km Trail Run starts off with a challenging climb up the mountain along “The Hermitage” to “Never-ending Story”. At the end of “Never-ending Story” the 8km runners cross the valley, run to “Judges Head”, through “Judges Chambers” and back down to the race finish.

FOR THE HARD-CORE TRAIL RUNNER WHO ENJOYS EXPLORING CAVES AND TECHNICAL RUNNING.

The 18km Trail Run starts off with a challenging climb up the mountain along “The Hermitage” to “Never-ending Story”. At the end of “Never-ending Story” the 18km runners continue to “Red Rock Rabbit Run”, “Muddy Waters” and then follow the jeep track to the Buchu dam. Running through the buchu fields to “Castle Rock”, then onto “Judges Head”, “Judges Chambers” and back down to the race finish.

RIDER RESULTS

CAMPING

The Stawelklip Primary located opposite the Race Venue, will be hosting a campsite on the Friday night before the event as a fundraising initiative.

Support this great cause and book your spot!

Book one or multiple campsites which include:

A 5m x 5m Campsite

Ablution Facilities

Braai Drums & Wood

Basic Communal Kitchen

The school will also be offering dinner and breakfast
which you can order when you enter.

BREAKFAST MENU

  • Toasted Ham & Cheese
  • Oats
  • Muffins
  • Coffee & Tea

DINNER MENU

  • 2 x Roosterbrood (cheese & jam), 1x lamb chop, boerewors, 1x mielie, 1x potato with a garlic sauce and 1x salad (optional). Coffee & Tea included

The Piket-Bo-Berg 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Substitution

The substitution closing date will be confirmed and can be done via the Entry Ninja Platform. Any substitutions after the specified date will be processed as per the Entry Ninja Platform. Please note a substitution fee of R50 is payable online. Visit the Entry Ninja Help Desk for more info or use the online chat functionality.

Cancellation Policy

No entries will be refunded, but substitutions can be made via the Entry Ninja Platform – visit their Help Desk for more info or use the online chat functionality for assistance to process your substitution

To be confirmed

  • Race Entry & complimentary parking at the race venue
  • Commemorative Event Mug for all riders and runners who cross the finish line
  • Drinks and snacks at up to 6 well stocked water points

No. This is for your own safety. This is a working farm and trail maintenance is not done throughout the year, and although we like it rough and natural we would not sleep at night wondering what could go wrong if there were riders out on the trails. In addition the trails span remote areas which are challenging to access with vehicles in case of an emergency – when we host events we take the necessary precautions to mitigate that risk. There is also not cellphone reception everywhere.

To be confirmed

  • Can be done via the Entry Ninja Platform – visit their Help Desk for more info or use the online chat functionality for assistance to process your request
  • Riders & Runners are encouraged to take enough energy bars/food to sustain you for your estimated time on the trails.
  • We will have water points along all the routes, but please bring at least two full water bottles along with you. Riders are strongly advised to bring the necessary tools required to repair a puncture and may want to carry their cell phones.
  • Please bring antihistamines and any other suitable medication if you are allergic to bees or sensitive to pollen because the race takes place in the spring.
  • If you are allergic to any medication, kindly specify it on your entry.
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Men’s and Women’s in all the distances (riders have to be present at the prize giving to qualify)
  • No age categories unfortunately
  • 20 Lucky draw prizes up for grabs – riders have to be present at the prize giving to qualify
  • Lovely chill zone and kids play area for spectators
  • Food and drinks available
  • Please bring cash, no ATM’s located close to the race venue – we do have Snapscan
  • No spectators allowed on the route
    • Working farm with no public access roads to trails – to get to the trails you have to navigate the farms roads and you’d need 4×4 vehicles & driving skills
  • No pets allowed at the event and race venue