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History

1997 - Meurant involved with Stellenbosch Grundig World Cup course:
The Downhill World Cup came to Botmaskop - kickstarting DH riding in SA
1998 - Meurant course manager Stellenbosch Grundig World Cup:
Dec: Du Toitskloof DH
Meurant and Arina's first venture into event organising
1999 - Citrusdal Provincial and National Events
Our first big events
2000- Festival#1
The Dirtopia legend begins
2001 -Festival #2
Company formed and second year of booming Festival
2002 - Festival #3 Nissan X-trail Dirtopia MTB Festival
1st Mtb Challenge - Spier - Meurant does route design
Dasklip Downmountain - remember that one...?!
Various Provincial downhill & XC races presented by Dirtopia
2003 - Festival #4 Nokia Dirtopia MTB Festival

Meurant designs & built the hiking trail to the top of Klapmutskoppie on Delvera

2nd Mtb Challenge - Boschendal
Our first Outride Weekend - Cederberg
24 Hours of Wiesenhof

2004 - Festival #5

Dirtopia puts the Tin Mine MTB Challenge on the calendar

Meurant designs first route for the Cape Epic from Knysna to Cape Town. (then decides to stick with our projects...)
3rd Mtb Challenge - Boschendal
24 Hours of Malmesbury
24 Hours of Wiesenhof
Klapmuts Cup (Freeride, Xcountry, Uphill & Downhill events)
Breedekloof MTB funride
Trail Centre opens October
Meurant and Arina's wedding :-)
Delheim downhill

 


2005 - Festival #6 - venue near Stellenbosch
Tin Mine #2

24Hours of Wiesenhof
MTB Challenge at Boschendal
Dirtopia Trail Lodge opens in March'05
Nine-to-Five 8 hour team relay
Lebanon Ladies MTB weekend
24Hours of Malmesbury
Breedekloof Outdoor Challenge
Bien Donne kiddies funride
Delheim Downhill

 

 

Full Moon hikes started
Dec'05 - Trail Lodge moves to new premises on Delvera
Arina completes the INWA instructor course to continue lessons at Delvera
2006 - 24Hours of Wiesenhof - third year and over 200 riders
Dirtopia Trail Centre #2 opens at Thandi in Grabouw
MTB Challenge # 4 @ Boschendal (over 1800 riders)
7th annual Dirtopia MTB Festival ...returns to Tarentaalkraal near Greyton!
2nd Nine to Five event @ Delvera
Meurant attends the IMBA Summit at Whistler, Vancouver, Canada. Only South African at World Mountain Bike Conference.
Stellenbosch MTB Challenge first event with STB Wine Festival.
3rd annual 24Hours of Malmesbury
2nd Lebanon Ladies MTB weekend
Dirtopia contracted for Lourensford registration
Bien Donne kiddies ride
Dirtopia helps with "Life is Good" event
Delheim MTB day - trail riding & 4x dual eliminator

Approximately 9 Full Moon hikes


2007 - 24Hours of Wiesenhof - number 4
Cape Argus Pick'n Pay MTB Challenge hits 3000 entries

Festival not held as Kaylee Botha is born...
Launch of African Mountain Bike Association www.amarider.co.za
Nine to Five event - another beautiful day at Delvera
STB MTB Challenge - Entries over 1700.
Lourensford MTB - Over 1500 entries this year!
Lebanon ladies weekend & Bien Donne Kiddies ride

Full Moon hikes growing in poplularity


2008 - 24Hours of Wiesenhof #5
Provincial # 2 (Delvera) Provincial #3 (Nelson's Creek)
Cape Argus Pick'n Pay MTB Challenge hits 3500 entries
Dirtopia MTB Festival # 8 at Tarentaalkraal (500 campers!)
Nine to Five 8 hour team relay
STB MTB Challenge - Over 2300 entries
Nelson's Creek MTB Festival & 3 day Stage race
Lourensford Classic
Lebanon Ladies weekend

Dirtopia Summer Funride Series
Anna Foundation MTB day @ Delheim

Dirtopia runner up in Nedbank/567 Cape Talk Small business awards (from 3549 nominations)

Full Moon hikes - 12 done in 2008

2009 - 24Hours of Wiesenhof #6
Cape Argus Pick'n Pay MTB Challenge 4200 entries!
RMB Morgan Stanley MTB day
Muldersvlei MTB or Run Vineyard Challenge
Dirtopia MTB Festival #9
Amarider 100 Miler
Nine to Five team relay #5

Die Burger MTB Challenge Stellenbosch - 2893 entries

Nelsons Creek MTB Festival - entries up 50%

Spur Steak Ranches Lourensford MTB Classic - over 1500 entries

Greyton Outride weekend, Medsheme Tour de Vino MTB, Delheim MTB day'09

Die Burger Fietstoer MTB route

Lebanon MTB Funride

New year's Eve Hi-Tec Full Moon hike - a great evening with more than 100 hikers

Full Moon hikes in total 2009 = 19

2010

24Hours of Wiesenhof - 460 campers & 360 riders.

Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge - 6 & 7 March. Nearly 4000 entries and a extremely hot day on Sunday!

Spur kiddies ride @ Lourensford

RMB Corporate MTB day

Table View Triple @ Contermanskloof (Easter weekend)

Dirtopia MTB Festival - 10 year celebration

Amarider 100 Miler - beautiful day in the Swartland

Nine to Five team relay @ Delvera #6

Spur High School MTB series - WC Contermanskloof

Die Burger MTB Challenge #5 - over 3300 entries!

Spur High School MTB regional finals - Delvera

Staalwater MTB Challenge - 1st event in Caledon with 400 riders

Spur Lourensford Classic - 1500 riders

Delheim MTB day

Lebanon MTB weekend, Grabouw

Full Moon hikes in 2010: 14

2011

24Hours of Oak Valley - new venue!

Columbia Grape Escape - new event concept by Meurant

Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge - 2 days of new routes & new finish venue

Delvera hosts SA XC Champs

Spur Kiddies MTB event  @ Lourensford - 200 kids

Dirtopia MTB Festival @ Delvera

Amarider 100Miler & 50 Miler

Die Burger MTB Challenge - 3600 entries @ Eikestad Primary School

Spur High School League

Nine to Five team relay

Staalwater MTB Challenge - 550 entries

Spur Lourensford MTB Classic - 1400 entries

Dirtopia Trail Run

Delheim MTB day and Trail Run: in aid of the Anna Foundation - more than 400 entries!

Lebanon Family Funride and Run - 250 entries

Full Moon Hikes - 14 events in 2011

2012 events

24Hours of Oak Valley (and 3Hours Challenge) - more than 350 riders, 500 campers in Grabouw

Columbia Grape Escape

Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge

Cycle Tour Expo

Getaway show outride

Spur Kiddies Funride @ Lourensford

Bien donne kids Funride

Nightride @ Delvera

Dirtopia Trail Runs - 5 events

RE:CM 100 Miler & 50Miler - over 520 entries with new title sponsor

Spur Schools League WP - 4 events

WP Provincial

Die Burger MTB Challenge - more than 3700 riders

Staalwater MTB Challenge @ Caledon

Spur Lourensford MTB Classic - 1500 entries

Triple Trail Run Series

Delvera Hi-Tec Full Moon hikes - 12 events for 2012

Delheim Outdoor weekend (trail run, nightride & MTB funride)

Dirtopia MTB Festival #12 @ Tarentaalkraal including All Mountain Enduro

2013 events

24 Hours of Oak Valley: MTB Team Relay (and 3Hours Challenge)

Dirtopia Summer Trail Run

Delvera Hi-Tec Full Moon hikes - 12 events for 2013

Valentines Sunset Hike

Love Run

Nashua Grape Escape & Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge (routes & crew management)

Delvera Autumn Trail Run

Spur Kids Funride @ Lourensford - over 300 kids!

Bien Donne Trail Run & MTB funride

Delvera ENDURO

Dirtopia May Trail Run - over 450 runners

Amarider 100Miler & 50Miler

Spur Schools League WC x4

STB Square Kids Cycling event

Nine-to-Five team relay

All Mountain Enduro #2 Welvanpas - 2 days

Two Winter Trail Runs - June & Aug

Die Burger MTB Challenge - more than 4300 entries

Stellenbosch Farm Run - 1st event

Staalwater Trail Run - NEW!

Staalwater MTB Challenge @ Caledon #4

Spur MTB Classic @ Lourensford

Appleblossom MTB Classic - Registration & timing

Double Dirt Run #1 - Schapenberg Conservancy

Trail Centre #2 opens at Welgevonden

Double Dirt Run #2 - Quoin Rock, Simonsberg Conservancy

Halloween Trail Run and Halloween Forest Night Run

Delheim Trail Run

Delheim MTB day & Nightride

Simonsberg Enduro - largest one in SA yet!

Summer Trail Run

2014 events!

Resolution Trail Run - record amount of entries

24Hours of Oak Valley - 500 riders

Delvera Hi-Tec Full Moon hikes 7

Love Run

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum MTB Challenge (routes)

Harvest Run

Spur Kids Funride @ Lourensford

Bien Donne Kids ride & Trail Run

Falke Autumn Trail Run 

Delvera Decade Derby:

Funride
Nightride
Terrain Park Debacle
All Mountain Enduro

Amarider 100Miler & 50Miler - more than 800 riders!

Winter Trail Run #1 - 480 runners

Spur Schools MTB League WC#1 & #2

Falke Winter Trail Run #2 @ Muratie

Full Moon nightrides May, June, July

Enduro @ Welvanpas

Die Burger MTB Challenge '14 - ninth year

Spur Schools League #3 Somerset WEst

Winter Trail Run #3 Delheim

Staalwater MTB Challenge & Trail Run

Delvera Hi-Tec Full Moon hikes - Sept & Oct & Nov & Dec

Delvera Spring Trail Run

Spur MTB Classic Helderberg

Spur Schools League final.

Appleblossom (timing & registration)

Corporate MTB day

Falke Spring Trail Run @ L'Avenir

Halloween Forest Night Run

Halloween Day Run - Sportsmans Warehouse series #1

Delheim Outdoor Weekend (Trail Run, Nightride, Enduro & MTB Funrides)

FALKE Summer Trail Run - 400 runners

Trilogy Trail Run @ Warwick

New year's Even Sunset Hike

2015

Resolution Trail Run presented by Sportsmans Warehouse - more than 500 runners

French Flair Trail Run

Delvera Hi-Tec Full Moon Hikes (2 x Jan & Feb, March & Two Easter April, May)

24Hours of Oak Valley

Momentum Grape MTB Ride

Love run 3rd in Sportsmans Warehouse series

Valentine's sunset hike

Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge (route management)

Perdeberg MTB Funride

Full Suss Harvest Run @Delvera

Liqui Fruit Kids ride @ Meerendal

Easter Trail Run @ Warwick

Enduro @ Wellington - two days Easter weekend

Trail Run Challenge @ Uitkyk

Falke Autumn Trail Run @Delvera

Dirtopia Enduro #2 Delvera

Amarider 100Miler & 50Miler

Change of Season Trail Run #1 (Autumn/Winter) presented by Sportsmans Warehouse

Youth Day Trail Run @ Delvera

Mid Year Trail Run @ Muratie

Wine Adventure Trail Run @ Warwick

Spur Schools League WC#1 Meerendal & WC#2 @ Southey's

Gluhwein Trail Run @ Delheim

Die Burger MTB Challenge #10 - new finish venue.

Enduro @ Helderberg

Falke Winter Trail Run @ Uitkyk

Spur Schools League #3 WC @ Montana

Change of Season Trail Run presented by Sportsmans Warehouse

Staalwater MTB Challenge & Trail Run

Spur Schools League #4 WC @ Paul Roos Gymnasium

Full Stride Spring Trail Run @ Muratie

Spur Mountain Bike Classic @ Nooitgedacht Estate - new venue!

Appleblossom Funride (timing & registration)

Extreme Lights Night Run #1 @ Warwick

Falke Blooming Trail Run @ L'Avenir

Travelers Trail Run @ Le Bonheur

Corporate MTB event @ Muratie

Delvera Hi-Tec Full Moon hikes Oct, Nov, Dec

Halloween Forest Night Run @Muratie

Scorpio Trail Run @Delvera presented by Sportsmans Warehouse

Delheim Outdoor Weekend (Trail Run, Nightride, Enduro & MTB Funrides)

Extreme Lights Night Run @L'Avenir

Full Stride Summer Trail Run

Cape Agulhas MTB Classic

FALKE TRilogy Trail Run

2016 

Extreme Lights Nightrun @ Uitkyk

FALKE Resolution Trail Run @ Delvera

24Hours of Oak valley 

Delvera Hi-Tec Full Moon hike January

French Flair Trail Run

Fairtree Simonsberg Contour two-day stage race

Momentum Grape Ride

Love Run - 600 runners at Warwick

Full Moon hikes: Febr. & March plus Valentine's Sunset Hike

Harvest Trail Run

Enduro @ Delvera

Simonsberg Trail Run Challenge @ Uitkyk

Autumn Trail Run @ Knorhoek

Enduro @Uitkyk

Amarider 100Miler & 50MIler

Falke Change of season Trail Run @ Peter Falke wines

Enduro @ Welvanpas (two days)

Youth Day Trail Run @ Delvera

Mid Year Trail Run @ Muratie

Wine Adventure Trail Run @Warwick

Gluhwein Trail Run @Delheim

Die Burger MTB Challenge @Stellenbosch

Winter Trail Run @Uitkyk. Presented by Sportsmans Warehouse

Change Of Season Trail Run @Delvera

Travelers Trail Run @Le Bonheur

Staalwater Spring Trail Run @Caledon

Staalwater MTB Challenge @Caledon. Presented by Bike Hub

Spring Trail Run @Knorhoek. Presented by Falke

Spur MTB Classic @Nooitgedacht

Dirtopia Launch Enduro @Delvera

Dirtopia Launch Trail Run @Delvera

Blooming Trail Run @L'Avenir. Presented by Sportsmans Warehouse

Halloween Forest Night Trail Run @Muratie

Delheim Trail Run

Delheim MTB Day & Enduro

Delvera Falke Full Moon Hike

Delvera Falke Full Moon Hike

Klapmuts Cup Trail Run @Delvera - Presented by Falke @Delvera

Trilogy Trail Run @Warwick

Cape Agulhas Holiday Run @Struisbaai

Cape Agulhas MTB Classic @Struisbaai

 

 

2017

Resolution Trail Run @Delvera

24 Hours of Oak Valley MTB team relay

Fairtree Capital Simonsberg Contour Stage Race (MTB) @Delvera

Fairtree Capital Simonsberg Contour Trail Run @Delvera

Love Night Run @Warwick

French Flair Trail Run @L’Avenir – Presented by SPORTSMANS WAREHOUSE

Harvest Trail Run @Le Bonheur - PRESENTED BY FALKE

Dirtopia Enduro @Uitkyk

Simonsberg Trail Run Challenge @Uitkyk

Wine Walk to Warwick

Falke Trail Run @Peter Falke Wines - PRESENTED BY FALKE

Amarider 100 & 50 Miler @Malmesbury 

Change Of Season Trail Run @L'Avenir

Youth Day Trail Run @Delvera – Presented by SPORTSMANS WAREHOUSE

Mid Year Trail Run @Muratie    

Wine Walk To Warwick #3

Dirtopia Enduro @Val Du Charron, Wellington

Wine Adventure Trail Run @Warwick - PRESENTED BY FALKE

Gluhwein Trail Run @ Delheim

Stellenbosch MTB Challenge

Winter Trail Run @Delvera

Dirtopia Enduro @Helderberg

Staalwater Trail Run @Caledon


Staalwater MTB 2 day stage race @Caledon

Change Of Season Trail Run @Uitkyk – Presented by SPORTSMANS WAREHOUSE  

Dirtopia Ride and Run Challenge @Delvera

Dirtopia Enduro @Delvera

Wine Walk To Warwick

Stellenbosch Farm Run @Nooitgedacht – Presented by SPORTSMANS WAREHOUSE

Spring Trail Run @Knorhoek

Spur MTB Classic @Nooitgedacht

Delvera Falke Full Moon Hike

Wine Walk To Warwick

Winelands Yogathlon

Klapmuts Cup Trail Run @Delvera - PRESENTED BY FALKE  

Fantail Trail Run @Morgenhof

Halloween Forest Night Trail Run @Muratie

Delheim Trail Run

Delheim MTB Day & Enduro

Apart from the above listed events, Dirtopia has organised numerous MTB Provincial Championships, funrides, Nightrides, Downhills, skills clinics - simply too many to list! Over 120 in total.

Also other smaller events at Delvera like Full Moon / Sunset hikes (more than 40), teambuildings, triathlons etc.
Meurant has also been contracted for designing & building courses for many other events (Appleblossom, Bottlewarehouse etc.) as well as working on singletrack projects. Since his 1996 MTB trials tour with adidas in Europe, many trial shows entertained the crowds at schools, festivals, shows and events in South Africa.

Dirtopia has also supported many other organisers with equipment & administration. Other bigger projects included the Red Bull Dirt Jumping competition at La Med, Red Bull DH Speedtrap, indoors Dual course for the Outdoor show, Red Bull Cape Town Man etc.

Latest News

18 November - Gerald Clark Sunset Concert

18 November - MTB Skills Clinic w/Dave (intermediate)

19 November - Giant Owners Day

25 November - MTB Skills Clinic w/Dave (fundamental)

26 November -  Blooming Trail Run @L'Avenir - PRESENTED BY FALKE

26 November - Sushi and Sauvignon @Delvera

 

 

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