3 Days of MTB fun!

Plett MTB Festival 2019Powered by Sotheby’s International Realty

Plett, set in the iconic Garden Route, is the new carbon of MTB event destinations. Single track, jeep track, farm road or forest canopy, when it comes to grinding gears, Plett is the place to do it. Get ready for a ‘TNT’ (Trail Not Tar) extravaganza! The Plett MTB Festival offers the whole family an opportunity to get involved in the fastest growing sport in Africa. Three days of nothing but mud, sweat and gears, and of course more fun than you can shake a stick at, will see you spinning your cogs through farm lands and along coastlines.

Now, we know what you’re thinking... MTB race!!! ...isn’t that tough? This is exactly where the Plett MTB Festival’s got your back. Riders from absolutely all levels of proficiency are welcome to test their mettle. From young saplings to gnarly root rockers, the three-day festival is a celebration of MTB fun for ‘Fanie Flipflop’ to ‘Rodney Racesnake’. No excuses! Simply load the bikes and bring along the whole family for an event so exciting, you’ll be giddy for days.

So, what’s the plan, Stan?

For our inaugural event, we are taking riders through the verdant wonderland that is Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm. From cow pat grasslands, to the ancient forests of MTO and SanParks, there is no lack of breathtaking scenery or variety. Focused on the family as a whole, means that there will be plenty to do for young and old. Delicious food aplenty, Red Bridge Brewing Company and Phantom Craft Gin thrilling all with a tasty tipple or three and the little ones enjoying a little challenge of their own at the Cairnbrogie pump track, will see this event calling you back for more.

Day 1, Saturday, 14 December 2019

Cairnbrogie will play host to most of our MTB activities this weekend. Registration starts at 11h00. Then the fun begins... XCO for the youngsters, age Categories from 10yrs up to 16yrs will be catered for, throughout the afternoon, starting at 15h00, followed by a short prize-giving. At 18h00 there will be a short Race Briefing followed by the exciting and crowd-friendly Night XCO, frenetic lap racing, on a non-technical course. (No. of laps to be announced). Local beer on sale, food trucks that will delight... please bring the whole family. Remember, what happens in the dark, STAYS in the dark.

Day 2, Sunday, 15 December 2019

One of the requests I receive most often on the Cycles in the Forest platform, is a ride from Plett to Knysna, or Knysna to Plett... and the Plett MTB Festival will be the FIRST to offer this ride as a Stage in an MTB race. This year it’s the ‘up ride’... Knysna to Plett. Racing will start at Kruisfontein (just outside Knysna... see map) and will take you on an MTB journey that will blow your MTB socks off! The best of the Coastal Corridor, iconic Harkerville single tracks, jeep tracks and homeward bound back to Cairnbrogie. Not too technical, and with distance and elevation gain that every rider will manage. (Watch the press for the inaugural ‘down ride’ next year). We finish today back at our ‘home’ of Cairnbrogie.

Day 3, Monday, 16 December 2019

And so, we saved the best for last; the cherry on the proverbial Festival cake!! By the end of the weekend you will have traversed almost 90% of our pristine Harkerville Forest area... what a privilege... let’s keep our Forest clean! TWO distances, 64km and 38km, both out-and-back loops from Cairnbrogie. The longer route is also a Plett MTB Festival FIRST... on a race route NEVER used before, so this will delight both locals and visitors alike. The shorter distance has been included so that younger riders, and those feeling less energetic, who start the event on Saturday, can participate in the entire weekend’s racing. Festivities will continue at the farm throughout the day, with prize-giving in the afternoon.

“There is nothing, absolutely nothing, quite so worthwhile as simply messing about on bicycles”

– Tom Kunich

Race Program

Saturday, 14 December

11h00 ‐ 16h00 : Registration and Late Entries
15h00 ‐ 16h00 : XCO Junior Saplings and Girls followed by Prize-giving;
16h30 ‐ 17h30 : XCO Senior Saplings Boys and Girls followed by prize-giving;
18h00 ‐ 18h30 : Race Briefing for the weekend;
19h30 ‐ 21h00 Stage 1: Night XCO, Laps, followed by prize-giving.

Sunday, 15 December

Stage 2: Knysna to Plett, Start 8h00: Prize-giving: 12h00

Monday, 16 December

Stage 3:  64km Marathon stage: Start 8h00;
  38km Half-Marathon: Start 8h10 – this stage Starts/Finishes at Cairnbrogie, followed by prize-giving.

Riding at Cairnbrogie


Saplings XCO; Boys and Girls U12

Saplings XCO Boys and Girls U16

Main Event:

Juniors, Boys and Girls U19

All THREE Stages must be completed; shorter stage on Monday.

Open: Men; Open Ladies.


Cairnbrogie circular route 64km

Cairnbrogie circular route 38km

Knysna to Plett 36km


Click here and Entry Ninja will take you through the process. Make sure you have a valid credit card.


Entries for the FULL Event (all THREE days), received ON or before 15th November 2019 will receive an “I rode it FIRST” item of memorabilia.


How do I enter?

Click here and Entry Ninja will take you through the process. Make sure you have a valid credit card.

What is the minimum age to qualify for entry?

Elite riders must be 19 years old by 31 December 2019. Fun riders, who ride the shorter distance on Monday must be 16 years or older.

Where do I collect my race number?

Collection at Cairnbrogie from 10am on Saturday, 14 December.