View some of the best photos taken during the Sanlam MTB Invitational that took place in Paarl this weekend.
Photos courtesy of Robert Ward
Stage one of the Sanlam MTB Invitational covered 60km from Rhebokskloof Wine Estate. Riders traversed the mountain clock-wise this year, which meant that most of the climbing was done in the first half. The stage included some wonderful downhill singletrack sections, riding through various wine estates and orchards, as well as numerous new custom built trails. The win went to Flandria’s Rossouw Bekker and Robert Hobson.
The second stage of the Sanlam MTB Invitational consisted of a 40km clover leaf journey from Rhebokskloof Wine Estate. The first part of the route was mild and scenic. Thereafter, riders started to climb up the mountain on some single track into the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve. They did a shorter loop on top of the mountain via Kristi’s Camp before they dropped back into Rhebokskloof via its re-sculpted single-track. Flandria’s Rossouw Bekker and Robert Hobson walked away with the title after winning the second stage as well.