The best cycling and mountain-biking events in South Africa in 2020

February 19, 2020

South Africa is known for many internationally recognised sporting events, including marathons, mountain biking contests off the beaten track, and challenging cycling tours across rough terrain and on the open road.

Every year, thousands of South Africans and international visitors relish the fact that they get to participate in adventure sports across the country. Often, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tick off a bucket-list item.

With Mango flying various domestic routes across the country, book your ticket and fly directly to the destination most convenient for your next cycling adventure.

Here are some cycling and mountain-biking races to look forward to in South Africa this year:

Extreme Ride 4 Hunger Cycle Tour: 1 to 6 March 2020

Entries are closed for this one, but Meals on Wheels Community Services will be hosting its fifth annual Extreme Ride 4 Hunger Tour from 1 to 6 March 2020. The 1 000km bike tour starts in Kimberley and meanders through small towns and the Karoo landscape before ending in Cape Town.

The tour is aimed at raising awareness of the plight of the poor in underprivileged communities, and at helping to create a hunger-free society. This challenge is for adventurers, humanitarians, and those who simply want to make a difference. If you’re too late for this one, there’s always next year!

For more information, call Bevan at +27  (0)76 953 5554 or email



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Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week: 1 to 9 March 2020

Cape Town’s annual festival on two wheels is fast approaching and the excitement is mounting. The Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week runs from 1 to 9 March 2020, with the main event, the 42nd annual Cape Town Cycle Tour, taking place on 8 March.

One of the world’s leading cycle events, the tour will see thousands of South Africans and global visitors converging on the Mother City. The events will kick off with a Junior Cycle Tour in the Cape Town Stadium precinct, offering budding cyclists aged five to 12 the chance to compete on routes ranging from 1.2km to 7km in a safe, controlled environment.

The main event will see cyclists take on a gruelling 108km route around the Cape Peninsula, finishing at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

For more information, call +27 (0)87 820 7223 or email



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Hantam MTB race: 25 April 2020

The sixth annual Hantam MTB (mountain bike) race will take place on 25 April 2020. The event, hosted at Brandkop Farm by the Nieuwoudtville Academy private school, is professionally organised and includes challenging tracks, with substantial prize money for the winners. 

For sightseers attending the race, the spectacular escarpments and untouched beauty of the Karoo make it a must-visit destination.

For more information, contact Peter Louw on +27 (0)83 633 0669 or email



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aQuellé Tour Durban races: 25 and 26 April 2020

Online entries are open until 10 April for the aQuellé Tour Durban races taking place on 25 and 26 April 2020. There will be six events over the two days, which coincide with the Freedom Day long weekend. The road races will take place on Sunday 26 April, with three options: the popular 45km route along the M4 coastal freeway, a new 90km option and the 115km elite classic.

Mountain bikers can look forward to 20km and 40km races, both taking place on Saturday 25 April. On 25 April, there will also be a new junior race and a kids trike race at Cornubia Mall.

All proceeds go to the non-profit Domino Foundation, which supports people, projects and programmes that assist vulnerable communities in and around Amaoti, north of Durban.

For more information, contact +27 (0)87 820 4210 or email



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