The 2019 Cool Ideas Cradle Mountain Trophy

Welcome to the 10th edition of the most popular 2-day mountain biking stage race - The Cool Ideas Cradle Mountain Trophy. Can you believe it? The 10th edition of this awesome race. This year we’ve added some Trail Running adventures to the menu, so a great sporting weekend all round.

This two-day mountain biking event always promises to be an exhilarating experience and will take place over the weekend of 6th and 7th of April 2019.

This is without a doubt the most popular, engaging and spectacular 2-day event in and around Gauteng.

The beauty of this event is that it takes place at Maropeng in the heart of The Cradle of Humankind, so there is no long drive to the start. And the weekend caters for riders of all abilities – offering distances from 75km, 45km to 25km.

If you have done this mountain biking event before, you will know that The Cool Ideas Cradle Mountain Trophy promises a fantastic offering of single track, plus some challenging off-road and, of course, some good technical aspects. But do remember that we call this the “Mountain Trophy” for good reason. It is not all flat. We will be making good use of tracks and trails which have previously been used for private events.

If you are training for Joburg2C, The Great Kei Trek, or Sani, then this must be an event that’s on your training schedule.

For weekend warriors who want to run on Saturday and ride on Sunday, check out the Trail Run options here.

Riders will have the option of competing in four different events, namely:

  • The Cradle Mountain Trophy – 75km on Saturday the 6th and 40km on Sunday the 7th of April – Stage 1: 75km of exhilarating riding, beautiful views, a few hills and much, much more (Start time: 07h30)
    Stage 2: 45km of even more unbelievable riding. (Start time: 08h00)
    Solo riders only – no teams.
  • The Cradle Mountain Challenge – 75km on Saturday the 6th (Solo riders only)
    Saturday Start time: 07h30
  • The Cradle Mountain Adventure – 45km on Sunday the 7th of April - (Solo riders only. New Junior < 19 category included.)
    Sunday Start Time: 08h15
  • The Mini Cradle Mountain Adventure – 25km on Sunday the 7th of April - (Solo riders only. New Junior < 19 category included.)
    Sunday Start Time: PLEASE NOTE – 07.30

Entries will close on the Monday the 25th of March. No late entries will be accepted.

Entries are now open - Click here to enter

There will be a free Cradle Mountain Trophy Event Long Sleeve T-Shirt for the first 300 entrants in the Mountain Bike event and a short sleeve T-shirt for all Trail Running entrants.

The event will be an SA Seeding event, and riders will be seeded according to their SA Seeding Index.

Mountain Biking: Fees


Cradle Mountain Trophy – 2 days

Cradle Mountain Challenge – 75km

Cradle Mountain Adventure – 45km

Mini Cradle Mountain Adventure – 25km

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Entries are now open - Click here to enter

MTB Entry Includes:

  1. Long Sleeve T-Shirt for first 300 MTB entrants.
  2. Absolutely unbelievable riding – great single track, good, tough technical challenges and stunning scenery. Be Warned - Day 1 (75km) is tough and challenging.
  3. This race is a must if you are planning to do Joburg2C, Sani or our bespoke Leverage Corporation event called The Great Kei Trek taking place in the Eastern Cape at the beginning of May 2019
  4. A professionally planned and managed route.
  5. Goodie Bag.
  6. There will be food vendors at Maropeng for Saturday and Sunday as well as Craft beer on tap and more.
  7. Showers at the finish.
  8. Good TLC all along the way.
  9. The Legendary Bridgestone Bike Wash.
  10. Secure overnight storage for your bike.
  11. Technical support on the way.
  12. Lucky draw prizes and race medal.
  13. One of the best and most enjoyable warm ups you're going to get – tick 120km off that training schedule.

This is a Pre-Entry event only and NO entries will be accepted on race day.

Rider registration and number collection will take place on Wednesday the 3rd of April 2019 from 12.00 to 17.00. Venue to be confirmed.

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