For all lovers of the great outdoors, the annual J-Bay Windfarm MTB Classic & Trail Run is a much-anticipated date on the J-Bay Surf Festival calendar and is set to take place on the 15th of July this year.

The arrival of the 8th edition of the event is evidence of its continued popularity, and reflects a community that holds a deep love for the outdoors.

Known as the only single-day race in Africa which traverses a wind farm, athletes can expect stunning scenery and a diverse landscape, making the event a guaranteed race to remember.

For the first time since the event’s inception, Mountain Events has taken on the role as event organiser. Mountain Events has been in the business of organising mountain biking races and trail runs since 2011. They are known for professional event management, great route selections and brilliant course marking.

This year an exciting new venue for the race village, Mentors Country Estate, awaits participants and spectators of the J-Bay Windfarm MTB Classic & Trail Run. The event comprises a variety of distances, ensuring that athletes of varying levels of experience are catered to. Cyclists will have the opportunity to participate in the 60km, 30km, or 10km race distances. For the runners, 5km and 10km distance trail runs on the event schedule.

Says event organiser Tanya Jackson: “Mentors Country Estate makes for a beautiful race village with plenty for the family to do before, after and during the race”. Food, beverages and entertainment will be available at the race village, making it the perfect setting for supporters and spectators to while away a lovely winter’s day.

Sustainability and an awareness of the environmental impact of sporting events was duly taken into consideration, with organisers ensuring that the J-Bay Windfarm MTB Classic & Trail Run is carbon-free. The Jeffrey’s Bay Windfarm will once again be backing the event as the title sponsor. According to Jeffrey’s Bay Windfarm Asset Director Pieter Oosthuizen, “Mountain-biking fits our wind farm’s ethos perfectly”. Since its inception, the Jeffrey’s Bay Wind Farm has reduced carbon emissions by providing 460 000 MWh of clean energy per year and has invested over R30 000 000 into local community projects.

The event is expected to draw up to 500 participants across the MTB race and trail runs. A prize pool of over R20 000 will be up for grabs, with the first three male and female finishers set to be awarded R5000, R3000 and R1000 in the 60km mountain bike race category, and R1000, R750, and R500 in the 10km trail run race category. Additional prizes will also be awarded to the first three male and female finishers in each of the remaining race distance categories.