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The historic town of Paarl will again come to a veritable standstill on 18 and 19 November 2017 as residents and riders turn out for the fourth annual Sanlam MTB Invitational. The incredible Sanlam Invitational experience is available to 300 public teams on a first come first served basis.

Presented by the City of Drakenstein and ASG, the event has become a sought after property over the past four years. It’s one of the most iconic events on the national racing calendar.

It is really something special and a unique opportunity to traverse the beautiful Paarl Mountain on a saddle.

The first stage consists of a tough 60km journey circumventing the entire Paarl Mountain while the second stage is a more manageable 40km – covering a shorter loop on the mountain.

The Sanlam MTB Invitational is staged in one of the most beautiful and unique areas in South Africa, covering the best possible MTB terrain, coupled with warm hospitality and excellent food.

Paarl is located 50km from the Cape Town CBD, which places it within a comfortable travelling distance with easy airport links. The travel and accommodation hassle factors are therefore minimised. 

The two-day multi stage Sanlam MTB Invitational affords amateur and professional mountain bikers with a passion for the sport the experience of a lifetime.

During the Sanlam Invitational riders are treated as VIP's and they have access to world-class hospitality at waterpoints and at the Rhebokskloof race village.

Rider and route experience

ASG Events is situated in Paarl and our route-builders are working throughout the year to unearth every bit of mountain-biking terrain on and around the Paarl Mountain.

We believe the result will present the very best way to experience the mountain and the views over the surrounding Simonsberg and Drakenstein ranges.

These imposing ranges are just an unbelievable sight early morning and you can even see Table Mountain from the top of Paarl Mountain.

The Sanlam MTB Invitational route annually encompasses all best features on the Paarl Mountain. Riders can expect wide open plains, strong climbing challenges, majestic mountain views, deep ravines, indigenous forests, and spectacular views.

The event last year became the first to link up all the terrain around the mountain to present a total circumvention of the mountain.


Race Village

A unique feature of the Sanlam MTB Invitational is its 5 Star rated Race Village at Rhebokskloof, which will add a unique upmarket status to this event.

  • Appropriate ‘vibey’ music and the option of an indoor (Rhebok Function venue, if it rains) or outdoor (lawned amphitheatre, if it’s sunny) option where all riders can enjoy their lunches;
  • Massage therapists are on hand to massage tired legs;
  • Top-quality start/finish shoot;
  • Easy access to parking, entertainment and restroom facilities;
  • Spectator-friendly area;
  • Bike-tech area;
  • ‘Upbeat’ entertainment and an MC to keep everyone excited;
  • Lovely shaded lush lawns with eats and drinks where a big screen projects pictures and footage of the day’s action; If it rains, the event easily moves indoors, as outlined above
  • Photograph area where you can order pictures that were taken along the route.
  • Secure bike park
  • Free bike wash – bikes will be returned to the bike park after washing, ready for riders to collect the next morning to tackle stage 2
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Catering:

After their unforgettable mountain-bike journey on both days a scrumptious lunch awaits which riders can enjoy at leisure on the lush lawned amphitheatre.

A complimentary CBC lager/soft drink/juice await every rider as they cross the finish line every day.

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Prizes:

ASG Sport have sponsored prizes valued at more than R40 000.


Medical care

Helivac Event Medical Specialist crew together with our own experienced safety officer will manage medical care on race day. HELIVAC are event medical specialists and bring extra piece of mind courtesy of their emergency evacuation helicopter, which will be on stand-by for the duration of the event.

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Contact Details

Telephone: 076 830 5578
Email: eventsupport@asgworld.co.za
Website: www.asgevents.co.za

ASG Mission Statement:

To present a world-class mountain bike experience, which provides entrants with the opportunity of networking in a unique and relaxed environment. To ensure that the event represents a unique and upmarket experience for all participants, sponsors and stakeholders.