The 2020 Cool Ideas Cradle Mountain Trophy

Welcome to the 11th edition of the most popular 2-day mountain biking stage race in Gauteng - The Cool Ideas Cradle Mountain Trophy
This two-day mountain biking event always promises to be an exhilarating experience and will take place over the weekend of 24th and 25th of October 2020.

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

We are pleased to announce that we now have a new home for The Cool Ideas Cradle Mountain Trophy in the form of Happy Acres, situated just down from Maropeng near Magaliesburg. It is approximately 10km further down the road, so there is no long drive to the start.

And the weekend caters for riders of all abilities – offering distances from 75km, 45km to 30km.(Note change in this distance)

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 the Kap Sani2C or other postponed races, then this must be an event that’s on your training schedule.

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

  • The Cradle Mountain Trophy – 75km on Saturday the 24th and 45km on Sunday the 25th of October – 
    • Stage 1: 75km of exhilarating riding, beautiful views, a few hills and much, much more 
    • Stage 2: 45km of even more unbelievable riding. 
  • The Cradle Mountain Challenge – 75km on Saturday the 24th 
  • The Cradle Mountain Adventure – 45km on Sunday the 25th
  • The Mini Cradle Mountain Adventure – 30km on Sunday the 25th (New Junior < 19 category included.)

Entries will close on Wednesday 7 October. No late entries will be accepted. 

Entries are now open - CLICK HERE to enter

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

Happy Acres Camping Special
We are pleased to announce that we can now offer camping at the Cool Ideas Cradle Mountain Trophy. Check out the rates below – you can book with us directly. In all instances, you will need to bring your sleeping bag, pillow, towels etc. There will be shared ablution facilities as well as casual meals available for purchase. (No self-catering.)

Bring your own tent – R350 per night
Use the TLC VIP Tent with 2 stretchers and 2 camping chairs – R850 per night (Tent specs: 1,8m high x 3m x 3m)

If you wish to book for tented accommodation either on Friday night 23rd October or Saturday night 24th October, or both, send an email requesting your options to We will respond and confirm the amount to be paid via EFT. This accommodation option is currently not available on the Cycle Events Portal and must be booked directly with us.


  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt for first 200 MTB entrants. (PLEASE NOTE: All riders are asked for their shirt size. Only the first 200 paid entrants will receive a Cool Ideas Cradle Mountain Trophy Long Sleeve T)
  • Absolutely unbelievable riding – great single track, good, tough technical challenges and stunning scenery. Be Warned - Day 1 (75km) is tough and challenging.
  • A professionally planned and managed route.
  • Goodie Bag.
  • There will be food vendors at Happy Acres for Saturday and Sunday as well as Craft beer on tap and more.
  • Showers at the finish.
  • Good TLC all along the way.
  • The Legendary Bridgestone Bike Wash.
  • Secure overnight storage for your bike.
  • Technical support on the way.
  • Lucky draw prizes and race medal.
  • One of the best and most enjoyable warmups you're going to get – tick 120km off that training schedule.

Rider registration and number collection will take place on Wednesday the 21st of October 2020 from 12.00 to 17.00. Venue to be confirmed.


Cool Ideas
Mount Grace
The Leverage Corporation
UR Limitless
Squirt Cycling
Ford Benoni