The HI-TEC Walkerbay Xtreme (WBX), a four-day adventure sports festival in Hermanus, has added even more variety and off-road fun to its events line-up for 2018.

The event, which returns to the Whale Capital for a third time between 27 and 30 April 2018, now includes a mountain bike challenge with three exciting routes to choose from. Some of the trails will take you where riders in the Absa Cape Epic have gone before.

“Hermanus has some of the most beautiful MTB trails in the Western Cape and we believe the Valley Xtreme MTB Challenge will add great value to an event like the HI-TEC Walkerbay Xtreme,” says Paul du Toit, manager of the MTB challenge.

“We were honoured to present the 2017 Absa Cape Epic over 200km of our trails. The riders enjoyed some pristine jeep tracks, taxing single trails and awesome views of the magnificent Walker Bay and Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, and now we can offer participants in the WBX the same.”

The Valley Xtreme MTB Challenge caters for serious as well as casual riders and families, with a 15km urban assault trail suitable for young riders and newcomers. The 27km is taxing but not too technical, while the 55km route is well-balanced with moderate difficulty. The two longer routes will take riders through vineyards and on beautiful river single tracks, mountain trails and farm roads.

“If you love mountain biking, this is your chance to explore one of the hidden gems of Hermanus,” adds Paul.

“The Walkerbay Xtreme is an awesome sports event with great sponsors and the place to enjoy some exciting outdoor activities as a family or watch some of our best athletes competing in a variety of events.”

There will be spectator points on well-known wine estates Sumaridge and Newton Johnson.

Rick Oosthuyzen, one of the organisers of the WBX, is very excited about this new addition to the events line-up.

“The WBX wants to offer something for everyone – runners, cyclists, multisport athletes, adventure seekers, fitness enthusiasts and families – and the Valley Xtreme MTB Challenge not only adds to the scope of the event but also gives riders the exceptional privilege of covering some of the same trails as participants in the Cape Epic.”

There is also the added bonus of a R20000 prize purse for riders competing in both the Valley Xtreme MTB Challenge on 28 April and the Urban Xtreme MTB Criterium Race on 29 April. The criterium circuit race combines a short track race with technical obstacles and urban flavour. The event features a number of elimination rounds, culminating in an exciting finale.

More off-road fun

Other off-road events include an off-road triathlon and the Blue Mountain trail runs (17km and 10km) on expanded trail routes along the Kleinrivier Mountains. While it’s not the most technically challenging route, you need to be fit to run the 17km route. The 10km route is a new addition in 2018, aiming to encourage beginner trail runners to experience the scenic routes around Hermanus.

#FindYourXtreme as a family at the 2018 WBX

The HI-TEC Walkerbay Xtreme (WBX) has expanded its extensive offering of sporting events to ensure that there is an event for every member of the family, including a junior triathlon and special treasure hunt for the young ones.

The HI-TEC Walk-a-Bay Treasure Hunt is aimed at children younger than 10. Participants will receive a treasure map with clues following a route of approximately 1.5km and focusing on the importance of nature and conservation. Each family will receive a HI-TEC goodie bag.

The junior triathlon will consist of a 150m swim, 5km cycle and 2km run and is for youth aged 8 -13 years.

“Triathlon is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and junior triathlons are a vital part of this trend. We want to encourage participants to enter as families and enjoy some quality family time in our beautiful region while participating in an iconic, one-of-a-kind, world-class adventure festival,” says Rick Oosthuyzen, one of the organisers of the HI-TEC Walkerbay Xtreme.

Besides the Walk-a-Bay Treasure Hunt and junior triathlon, the WBX also includes shorter distances in the mountain bike challenge, cliff path run and open water swimming event, as well as a Marine Mile dash. These options are ideal for younger or recreational athletes who want to find their own extreme at the WBX.

The MTB challenge offers three distances: 55km, 27km and 15km, with the shorter route suitable for younger riders and newcomers. Runners can choose between 5.7km, 12.6km or 18.1km in the cliff path run, which is a fun run along the Hermanus coastal cliff path with scenic views of the ocean. Alongside the 2.5km open water swim, a shorter distance of 600m has also been added to the event mix. The Marine Mile offers special category prizes for runners younger than 13 as well as runners aged 14 to 18 and is an exciting dash along Marine Drive.

Old favourites and new challenges

With 12 disciplines to choose from, the Walkerbay Xtreme offers something for everyone – from adventure seekers, professional athletes and fitness fanatics to the recreational outdoor enthusiast and active family looking for a new challenge and a fun-filled sporting holiday in one of SA’s favourite adventure sport hotspots.

27-30 April: Big 6 Xtreme (street mile, 27km MTB Challenge, Swim-Run-Jump Challenge, sprint triathlon, open water swim and 17km trail run); Entry fee: R1200

27 April: Marine Mile – 18:00; Entry fee: R100

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