Franschhoek Wine Valley

Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge



28 January 2017

Bridge House School (start & finish)

The Franschhoek Lions will once again manage the new-revamped Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge.

All things new for the upcoming event:

  • 3 new routesMedium Route – 36 km, jeep track, single track, not overly technical, some challenging downhill’s, must be fit!
  • Short Route – 12 km, challenging for the whole family, some single track and one steep’ish hill that may need some walking/pushing and whining!
  • Long Route – 54 km, single track, rugged, gnarly downhill’s, steep climbs that stab you in the ribs, water crossing and hiker bike sections. We are bringing the MOUNTAIN back into mountain bike riding!
  • Water points – this year more than just water!Naked droërwors, Miss Molly Mossbolletjies, kitchen made fruit gums and some more!
  • Neil Jewell from Bread & Wine will be looking after water point two!
  • Mechanic at the start and at water point 2.
  • Shaun Peters will be our host and commentator for the day.
  • Jo Dobinson from Biking in the Bosch is our ambassador for the race and she will be on the course offering encouragement, guidance and skills.  As part of our luck draw at the end of the race she will be giving a lucky winner one free skills Coaching session.
  • For the non-ridersSwimming Pool for all to use with lifeguard on duty
  • Jumping castle for the kids.
  • First 100 pre entries will each receive a bottle of Porcupine Ridge wines.


  • First 250 riders over the line will receive a famous Porcupine T-Shirt.
  • Plenty food stalls and funky T-Shirt stalls.

Monies raised from this event are used for “Sight First” The Franschhoek Lions help save eye sights of local farm workers, underprivileged and elderly from within our community by eye screening, eye care and cataract surgeries.

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Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.


Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.


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Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road

Office hours
Monday: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861