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2018 ‘Tread Lightly’ Women’s MTB

Event Date
30 km; 15 km; 4 km
Event starting times
32 km @ 08h00; 15 km @ 08h30; 4 km thereafter
Prize giving/cut off
Backsberg Estate Cellars
Rozanne Dreyer
Enquiries Phone Number:
(021) 671-6340
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Attention all ladies! We will be returning to Backsberg this year on Saturday 12 May for our fabulous all-female off road event. There will be three routes to choose from, catering from beginners to adventure seekers and everyone in-between. (Dads are welcome to enter the 4 km route together with their youngsters.)

As the event is taking place the day before Mother’s Day, we are planning some special treats and celebrations – bring your friends, mothers and daughters and come and spend a lovely morning with us. Backsberg wines, coffee, beer, and more will be for sale, while the Backsberg Restaurant will be selling tasty treats.


 30 km: We are busy putting the finishing touches onto a NEW long route that’s overall flatter and more interesting than in the past and will upload the new route profile as soon as the route recce has taken place. No u/12’s on the long route, sorry.

15 km:  The new 15 km route offers a flatter, friendlier ride than in 2016, incorporating more of the neighbouring farms and fewer hills, for a total elevation gain/loss of just over 300m. The 15 km route will again incorporate the hugely popular water point on the neighbouring Niel Joubert Estate where bubbly, and sweets are on offer. Kids older than 10 are welcome to ride the 15 km route, provided they are accompanied by an adult at all times.

4 km: The untimed 4 km route will be open to everyone, from cyclists to walkers and joggers. This is a great route for novice riders or complete beginners, and offers a total elevation gain/loss of less than 100m. Participants will pedal around some of the scenic areas of Backsberg, with the popular section around the farm dam still part of the new route. Kids older than 5 are most welcome to enter this route, provided they are accompanied by an adult (cyclist, runner or walker – male or female) at all times.


15 km route map

30 km route map


From Cape Town, take the N1 North. Take Exit 47 to Klapmuts/Wellington. Turn right under the bridge towards Klapmuts. Cross over the 4-way intersection and the railway bridge.  Turn left 200 meters along at the traffic lights, onto the Simondium/Franschhoek Road.  After 5 km, Backsberg will be on your right. GPS Coordinates: S 33°49’42.49; E 18°54’56.86.


Pre-entries only, closing on Thursday 10 May at 23h00 or when 800 entries have been received, whichever comes first.

No helmet, no ride. Unique medals to all finishers. All participants in the long and medium routes will be timed. Racetec MTB timing boards will be used. 



Pre-entries only


Entry fee

PPA Members discounted entry fee

32 km

R 180 *

R 160

15 km

R 140 *

R 120

4 km

R 70

R 50

*Please add R25 for a permanent Racetec timing board if you do not already have one. PPA members receive their first MTB timing board for free. These permanent timing boards can be used at all MTB events timed by Racetec.

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