What is XCO?

Cross Country Olympics (XCO) is one kind of discipline found in the sport of mountain biking. XCO might not be as widely known in SA as marathon and multi stage disciplines. However this is not the case in Europe and America – and rightfully so, because XCO is the only mountain biking discipline which is accepted at the Olympics.

Is riding a XCO Track like riding normal singletrack on a trail?

No, absolutely not. It is a pure race track designed to be as close as possible to European standards. For a list of nice trails that are suitable for beginners all the way up to advanced riders, go to www.eastcapemtb.co.za.


Can I ride this track any time?

Don’t ride the track unless you are planning on racing XCO. Never ride alone and ride with a skilled rider to guide you – walk the technical sections.


Why is the track so difficult?

For those who aren’t used to XCO the track it will definitley be difficult especially because this is a National event. It will also count toward points for athletes wanting to make the 2016 Olympics team.


Is the track going to change before race day?

Yes B (easier) lines will be added at technical sections and some A (challenging) lines will be upgraded to become even more challenging!


Where can we find accommodation?

The course is situated in Walmer in PE. You can find accommodation on sites like SafariNow.

Have any more question?

Click here or post your question on Twitter. Remember to mention us @ECapemtb in your tweet and use the #xconationalpe so we know what your’re talking about.



Ride safe! And have fun! 🙂