African Continental XCO/DHI Champs for Cape Town in January

The Western Cape will play host to the 2014 African Continental Mountain Bike Championships, which will kick off the 2014 mountain biking season in South Africa, from 25-26 January.

The cross-country (XCO) and downhill (DHI) disciplines will take place at the Willowbridge Shopping Centre on Saturday 25 January, and at Contermanskloof on Sunday 26 January respectively.

There is good news for riders wishing to participate as Cycling SA-MTB has confirmed that there will not be a participation quota, and that all riders who wish to enter, may enter. Cycling SA has opened the African Continental Champs up for maximum participation to create greater opportunities and to be of greater benefit to our riders and to our sport.

The Elite, under-23 and junior UCI category riders must compete in SA National Federation kit. Please contact Dellah Paul for your kit requirements, on The Sub-Veteran, Veteran, Masters, Youth, Sub Junior, Sprogs and Nippers will be competing in the Africa Challenge.

Now 4-years-old, the popular Slammer track at Willowbridge has been an inclusion on the SA National XCO Cup Series calendar for the past two seasons. Located on the banks opposite the Willowbridge Shopping Centre, the location provides easy spectator viewing along most of the course. Track builder Bryan Strauss and his team of volunteers have been working hard to create a course that is suitable for all the various age categories, yet challenging enough for the top riders. Two different tracks will be used on the day: the shorter track for Nippers, and the longer track for all the other categories.

The slopes of Contermanskloof in Durbanville will come alive once again for the DHI competition. The trail venue is a 20-minute drive from Cape Town, and the working farm’s mountain bike trails welcome visitors on a regular basis on the weekends. Chris Nixon describes the course as steep and fast with lots of corners. The first few 100m are relatively tame, and then suddenly steep with some switchbacks. Riders will also face a road gap with a steep landing; a tricky rock garden, a few jumps and a tabletop jump right before the finish. The course drops 236m in 1.29km.

Entries are open, and riders can enter online here:—mtb-–african-continental-championships.aspx. Online pre-entries close on Tuesday 21 January 2014. Late entries will be accepted at registration for both the XCO and DHI, at an additional charge of R50 per entry.

Click here for detailed XCO information

Click here for detailed DHI information

For any further information, please contact Dellah Paul,



2013 African Continental Champion Mariske Strauss (Contego 28E) at Cascades MTB Park, Pietermaritzburg, on 9 March. Photo Credit: Gavin Ryan/QuickPix

Under-23 cross-country mountain biker Brendon Davids (Team Jeep South Africa/Specialized) was crowned 2013 U23 African Continental Champion at Cascades MTB Park, Pietermaritzburg, on 9 March. Photo Credit: Gavin Ryan/QuickPix

Hayden Brown (Titanium Designs Morewood) recovered well in his final run to claim the 2013 African Continental Downhill Champion title after a conservative qualifying run where he was only 12th fastest down the slippery track at Cascades MTB Park, Pietermaritzburg, on 10 March. Photo Credit: Gavin Ryan/QuickPix