The 2018 Cradle Mountain Trophy

Welcome to the 9th edition of the most exciting thing to happen to mountain biking - The Cradle Mountain Trophy.

This two-day mountain biking event always promises to be an exhilarating experience and will take place over the weekend of 14th and 15th of April 2018.

This is without a doubt the most popular 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 get to other events at the same time. And the weekend caters for riders of all abilities – offering distances from 75km, 45km to 25km.
If you have done this event before, you will know that The 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 are calling 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.

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

  • The Cradle Mountain Trophy – 75km on Saturday the 14th and 40km on Sunday the 15th of April – Stage 1: 75km of exhilarating riding, beautiful views, a few hills and much, much more (Start time: 07h00)
    Stage 2: 45km of even more unbelievable riding. (Start time: 08h00)
    Solo riders only – no teams
  • The Cradle Mountain Challenge – 75km on Saturday the 14th (Solo riders only)
    Saturday Start time: 07.00
  • The Cradle Mountain Adventure – 40km on Sunday the 15th of April - (Solo riders only. New Junior < 19 category included.)
    Sunday Start Time: 08.30
  • The Mini Cradle Mountain Adventure – 25km on Sunday the 15th of April - (Solo riders only. New Junior < 19 category included.)
    Sunday Start Time: PLEASE NOTE – 07.30

Entries will close on the Sunday the 1st of April. No late entries will be accepted.

Entries are now open - Entries are closed

There will be a free Cradle Mountain Trophy Event Long Sleeve T-Shirt for the first 200 entrants.

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

Early Bird Entries
We know that things are tough out there in the market place right now, so as a bonus, we have decided to introduce and “Early Bird” entry fee.
Enter before 28 February 2018 and pay the 2017 rate instead of the new rate.
This will only be for the first 300 entrants, thereafter, the old rate will kick in again, so enter now to avoid disappointment.
Plus two lucky entrants will have their entry fees refunded as part of a lucky draw prize.
Early Bird Fees


Cradle Mountain Trophy – 2 days

Cradle Mountain Challenge – 75km

Cradle Mountain Adventure – 45km

Mini Cradle Mountain Adventure – 25km

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Entry Includes:

  • Race T-Shirt for first 200 entrants
  • Absolutely unbelievable riding – great single track, good, tough technical challenges and stunning scenery. Be Warned. Day 1 and 2 are tough and challenging.
  • This race is a must if you are planning to do Joburg2C, Sani or a new Leverage Corporation event called The Great Kei Trek taking place in the Eastern Cape at the end of April 2018
  • A professionally planned and managed route
  • Goodie Bag
  • There will be food vendors at Maropeng 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 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 11th of April 2018 from 12.00 to 17.00. Venue to be confirmed.

Cool Ideas
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Mount Grace
Cradle Of Human Kind
The Leverage Corporation
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