Franschhoek Wine Valley

Varsity MTB Challenge

Franschhoek Challenge:

Date      :  1 & 2 October 2016

Riders  :  1500 riders

Venue  : La Paris Estate, Franschhoek

Introducing the first ever mountain bike race designed specifically for universities in South Africa – rekindle the spirit of university competition by riding in the colours of your university again.

The race is open to alumni, students and supporters of any university – all you need to do is to select the university you are going to support.

The Varsity MTB Challenge is a two-day race set in the beautiful Franschhoek in the Western Cape.

Aside from riding on exciting, new terrain riders will enjoy a Race Village offering entertainment and hospitality where there will be opportunity to meet up with fellow alumni, old friends and family.

The races are sanctioned by Cycling South Africa.

Varsity Sports Mountain Bike

Varsity Sports Mountain Bike, sponsored by FNB is an University Sport South Africa (USSA) endorsed race and forms part of the inaugural Varsity MTB Challenge. The five university teams competing in this race include Maties, UCT Ikeys, UP-Tuks, NWU-Pukke and Madibaz.

Varsity Sports Mountain Bike
is proudly sponsored by


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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.


Contact Us

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