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The proposed 2016 list for Western Cape (Provincial) Colours for Downhill is included below. Please review this list and if there are any queries, this should be raised to Shani Morton (shani.morton6@gmail.com) by no later than close of business on Friday, 7 October 2016. Any queries raised will be presented to the Commission for deliberation.


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The proposed list for Western Cape (Provincial) Colours for XCO is included below. Please review this list and if there are any queries, this should be raised to Shani Morton (shani.morton6@gmail.com) by no later than close of business on Tuesday, 30 August 2016.

Unfortunately the DHI lists are not yet finalised and this will be circulated in due course. Any queries raised will be presented to the Commission for deliberation.

WC XCO Colours 2016 – List


24 August 2016

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We will meet at Bloemendal Wine Estate on the 28 th of May 2016 to see who will be the Western Cape XCO Champs. Our Western Cape (WC) riders have showed guts, tenacity and determination during the four race WC series. The series took us from Rhebokskloof in Windmeul to Helderberg in Somerset West and finally to Picardie Guest Farm in Paarl. The series was tough and unrelenting and the riders had to deal with challenging tracks and weather.

The track at Bloemendal is evolving into a worthy challenge and riders will once more have to dig deep. The winners in each category will not only be crowned the WC Champ but also receive a WC Winners Jersey. All podium winners will also receive prize money and must be present at prize giving at 16h00.

WC Champs 2016 Prize Money

WC Champs 28May16 – Short Course – Nippers and Sprogs

WC Champs 28May16 – Long Course – All other categories

The programme gives details of all relevant information but please note that race times, lap distance and number of laps may change.

Programme – WC CHAMPS MTB XCO-28 May 2016-Bloemendal


Entries are open and pre-entries will close on 24 May 2016.

Early Entry Fees are as follows:

 Nippers and Sprogs:    R 200 + R 35 day license (for those without Cycling SA Memberships)

 All Other Categories:   R 300 + R35 day license (for those without Cycling SA Memberships)


Biosport at Bloemendal Wine Estate

Friday, 27 May: 13h00 to 17h30 (R50 Late Entry Fee)

Saturday, 28 May: 07h15 to 08h30 (No Late Entries; only registration)

Cycling SA Licence/Membership must be presented during registration.

Temporary licences are available at R 35.

Riders without Cycling SA Membership or Licences will not qualify for Western Cape Colours.




Friday, 27 May:          13h00 to 17h30

Saturday, 28 May:      07h30 to 08h30

All riders must register and display their bike boards at practice.

It is important and expected that entrants familiarize themselves with the course before racing.   The first race will start at 09h00.

Riders found on the track after 08h30 on Saturday morning will be disqualified.


Please consider volunteering some of your time to help with registration or marshalling.

Registration: Contact Adelle at info@wpmtb.co.za

Marshalling: Contact Allan at allan@dcprinters.co.za

We would like thank all our sponsors, partners and service providers for partnering with the Western Province Mountain Bike Commission to host the WC Champs.

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Entries are now open for the 2016 Western Cape MTB XCO Championships to be held at Bloemendal Wine Estate, Durbanville, on the 28th May 2016.


EARLY ENTRY FEES:                   

          Nippers and Sprogs:    R200 + R 35 day license (for those without
                                              Cycling SA Memberships)
          All Other Categories:   R 300 + R35 day license (for those without
                                              Cycling SA Memberships)

  • Entrants who did not enter any of the 2016 WC MTB XCO SERIES Races need to return their entry forms, preferably still in an Excel format and proof of payment to info@wpmtb.co.za .   Download the entry form here.
  • Riders who entered any of the WC MTB XCO SERIES 2016 Races do not need to complete the entry form again.   To enter the WC MTB XCO Championships, complete your payment using your WC Registration Number as your payment reference and email your Proof of Payment to info@wpmtb.co.za.   Emailing the proof of payment is critical to us picking up your entry – without this, you may find that you are not entered.   Please do not use your last race number as reference – only your WC Registration Number.  
  • We will email acknowledgement of your entry on Thursday 26 May.

Early Entries close on Tuesday 24 May 2016


Biosport at Bloemendal Wine Estate

Friday, 27 May:                13h00 to 17h30 (R50 Late Entry Fee)
Saturday, 28 May:            07h30 to 08h30 (No Late Entries; only registration)



Friday, 27 May:                 13h00 to 17h30
Saturday, 28 May:             07h30 to 08h30

All riders must register and display their bike boards at practice. 

It is important and expected that entrants familiarize themselves with the course before racing.   There will be a WPMTB Commission hosted official practice during the hour before the first race on 28 May 2016. The first race will start at 9h00.

Riders found on the track after 08h30 on Saturday morning will be disqualified.

Prize money will be awarded to the podium places and a winners cycling jersey will be awarded to the winner in each category. Vets and Sub-Vets results will be combined to determine the prize money winners and also Master and Grand Master results.


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Series Report: Subaru WC XCO Series 2016 from Bikehub.co.za

I have wanted to ride XCO since I first saw Burry Stander riding in the Olympics in 2012. Never mind that at the time I hadn’t touched a bike since I was nine years old- a trivial detail. To me XCO is the ultimate athletic achievement- it requires above average bike handling skills, strength and some crazy cardiovascular fitness.

This year I decided to live the dream, and with some trepidation, entered the Subaru WC XCO series. The first race at Rhebokskloof knocked my socks off. I had not imagined anything half as scary or as fun.

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Getting a good start is vital in XCO. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock.

I can only describe it as a distillation of all the best bits of mountain biking: the sense of achievement you get from cresting a killer climb, combined with the reward of dealing with a tricky descent or a terrifying drop off. All experienced repeatedly, in a short space of time, without all the boring bits found in marathon racing. Every single line choice and decision made out on the course can mean the difference between coming out in front, or languishing at the back of the pack.

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Ariane Kleinhans attacking the Rhebokskloof course. Photo credit: Ewald Sadie | esphotography.co.za

The highs are high. The lows are low. I crashed. I was frequently terrified of the A-lines. I was pretty convinced I was going to have a heart attack on many of the climbs, and I was on more than one occasion put to shame by a ten-year-old. I also had to be rescued from the bushes after some over-enthusiastic cornering and found myself doubting my life choices while face down in the mud on a rainy Friday afternoon during course practice.

In short- XCO is brutal. That said, each time I got up from a fall, smashed an A-line, or reached the top of a hill alive, I felt so good that I forgot that I had ever been scared or sore, and couldn’t wait to try it all again. I have learned a lot about myself both psychologically and physically during the course of the series. XCO has been by far the most rewarding racing format that I have tried.

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The racing is fierce but friendly amongst the younger riders. Photo credit: WP MTB Commission.

On a more pragmatic note, if you are keen to brush up on your skills or work on your cardio, while enjoying a fun family event, the XCO series is an excellent way to spend a Saturday morning. Each event I attended ran smoothly, and the effort put into making the courses both challenging and rewarding was remarkable. There are usually B-lines for the less adventurous, and the lap format means that it is very spectator friendly, so you can drag your family and friends out to cheer you on (read: hold your bottles and feed you gels) and it is a lot of fun to watch the other categories race over a cold steri-stumpie afterwards.

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Cherie Redecker entering the A-line rock garden at Helderberg. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock

It is also inspiring to see the number of young riders developing incredible skills racing these events. If they are anything to go by- the next generation will have far fewer bottlenecks on the single track at races.

Unfortunately, the WC XCO series is over for 2016, but there is one last event: the WC XCO Championships is scheduled for 28 May at Bloemendal. If nothing else it will force you out of your comfort zone, and teach you a thing or two about your limits- in the most enjoyable possible way.


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Knowing when to eat or drink (and having an attentive feeder) is a critical part of race strategy. Photo credit: Nicolé Dale Kuys

(Originally posted over at http://www.bikehub.co.za/features/_/articles/ride-reports/series-report-subaru-wc-xco-series-2016-r4463)

Subaru Cape Town WCMTB XCO#4: Picardie Guest Farm, Paarl. Photo Gallery.

Hi guys. These are the photos from the ladies, vets, elite and youth. Tania Horsford was on duty earlier in the day and will post her pics on Facebook. For those who rode, it was a dry and dusty course with a heap of off camber and sketchy bits. Hats off to those who raced a challenging course on a hot, hot day. On parts of the course we measured 40 degrees C.

Subaru Cape Town presents the WCMTB XCO #4 at Picardie Guest Farm, Paarl

Hey all, here is the schedule of events for the final Cup race at Picardie Guest Farm in Paarl on the 12th March 2016.

Programme - WC MTB XCO #4 12 Mar 16 Picardie

SA XCO Sub Vet / Vet Photo Gallery: Helderberg Farm

The Elite Ladies did get a little mixed up with the Vets and Sub-Vets. It was not just me…

SA XCO Sub Junior / Youth Photo Gallery: Helderberg Farm



SA XCO Ladies Race Photo Gallery: Helderberg Farm

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