Woodcutters MTB Challenge
Wed 27 Dec 2017, 07:00 @ Knysna, Eastern Cape


Race History

Knysna Woodcutters Heritage

In 1776, the Dutch East India Company employed the first Knysna forest woodcutters. A Post was established for them at Swart Rivier in the George District. In those early days some of the woodcutters were of Scottish or English descent but they eventually merged with the Dutch-Afrikaaner majority.

​They worked extremely hard for little reward being exploited by the timber merchants who iniquitously underpaid them. The Knysna forest woodcutters laboured deep in the forest for weeks at a time. It could take a family group days and even weeks to hew a great tree into planks and sleepers.

Once they had cut the trees to manageable lengths they used oxen to drag the timber along slip paths, made by generations of elephants, to where the merchants could load it on wagons and transport it into Knysna.

Race Information

Event Date

27 December 2017, Wednesday

Registration opens from 5am

Race Starts from 7pm(60km)


Concordia Training Centre or check on Google Maps here


  • 60km Race (R230) - Starts at 7:00

  • 30km Fun Ride (R180) - Starts at 7:15

  • 10km Kiddies Race (R130) - Starts at 7:30

R20 surcharge for on-the-day entries

Race Registration & Late Entries

  • 26 December 2017 between 14:00 & 17:00 @ Knysna Cycle Works (8 Waterfront Park, Queen Str, Knysna) or click here for Google Maps

  • 27 December 2017, Wednesday from 05:00 at the Race Village - Late entries welcome but cash or SnapScan Only

Your entry will include the following

  • Ride some of the best single track & forest sections in South Africa, Emphasis on quality of MTB routes

  • Flow of cyclists (reducing congestion and safer cycling track)

  • First 50 entrants will receive a free T-Shirt, R100 if you want a T-Shirt thereafter

  • Medals to all finishers

  • Well stocked nutrition point with plenty of water, Coke, Jelly Babies, Baby Potatoes, Bananas & Bar-One's.

  • Category prizes over R20,000 to be won

  • SA Seeding Event & CSA Sanctioned

  • Awesome spot prizes prizes to be won provided by our sponsors

  • Live entertainment

  • Waterpoints every 15km

  • Well marked routes

  • Medical staff en route

  • A great outdoor event for the whole family

  • Ablution facilities

Short Route Description
Each distance is a full circular loop (no laps) on mostly single track, jeep track and forest paths


Every 15km you will find a well stocked nutrition point with Key 360 Nutrition, Water, Coke, Jelly Babies, Baby Potatoes, Bananas & Bar-One's. There will be 2 water points on the 60km route, 1 water point on the half way mark of the 30km route and no water point on the 10km route, however we will have something sweet for the youth riders at the finish. We always advise riders to also carry water with them.

Food & Drinks

The locals will have food stalls, craft beer stands and a great vibe can also be enjoyed afterwards so bring the whole family.

Products on display and for sale

Our sponsors and partners will have stands at the event where riders, family and friends can view and buy all the latest sport products.

Entries close

  • Line Entries: 15 minutes before each distance starts

  • Online Entries: 26 December 2017, Tuesday @ Midnight

  • EFT Entries: 25 December 2017, Monday - Please send POP to [email protected]



Timing will be done by BoutTime. Real-Time electronic result boards will be at the finish for each distance indicating the top 10 men, women and latest finishers with their overall and gender positions, pace and finishing time. Riders will receive a SMS with their individual results directly after they've finished and the results will be uploaded to the website(www.bouttime.co.za) as the riders comes in. No more waiting days for your results to reflect.

More information: www.woodcuttersmtb.co.za/

Woodcutters MTB Challenge

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Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Start Time Price (pp)
60km 60 km 07:00 R 230.00
30km 30 km 07:15 R 180.00
10km 10 km 07:30 R 130.00

Event location
Concordia Training Centre, Knysna

Route information
Coordinates -34.0205901, 23.0776294
Address Concordia Training Centre
City Knysna
Province Eastern Cape