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Extreme 4-day race
Mini 2-day race
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2021 Overall Winner - Jon Kirkman
In 2019 he won it mountain biking,
this time round he won trail running.
Jon is an incredible athlete!
Congratulations on winning the Extreme race 2021!
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2019 X-Berg Challenge Extreme Race Winners
3rd Wesley Antonites
(Trail Running)
2nd Pete Joughin &
Justin Armstrong (Mountain Biking)
1st Jon Kirkman with new
route record time (Mountain Biking)
2019 X-Berg Challenge Mini Winners
1st Hendrik van Zyl
(Mixed Discipline)
2nd Russel Smith
(Mountain Biking)
3rd (Trail Running)
Justin Armstrong & Andre Dempers
2018 Overall Winners
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Pierre Carter - 2017 Overall Winner
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1st place Mixed Discipline 2017,
Team Pure Adventures;
Michael de Haas, Adrian Saffy
Laura de Haas, Floors Welhagen
& supporter Ebeth Enslin
Run IT
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Juraj Koren - 2016 Overall Winner
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2016 Overall Winners: 1st Juraj Koren (paragliding)
2nd Andre Dempers & Justin Armstrong (mountain biking)
3rd Pierre Carter (paragliding)
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Carl Scholtz - 2015 Overall Winner
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Overall Winners 2014;
1st Andrew Porter
2nd Nick Neynens
3rd Pierre Carter
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Mountain Bike team
James Pitman & Piers Pirow
won the inaugural
X-Berg Challenge in 2013
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Ride IT
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Fly IT
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Next Race: Date to be announced

X-Berg Extreme Challenge 4-day race

X-Berg Mini Challenge 2-day race *Shorter distance

The 2021 was 18-21 March 2021. Keep an eye on our social pages/website or join our mail list to keep up to date with when the next event will be.

Compete in one of the disciplines throughout the race:


Option to participate in the mixed discipline class changing between the disciplines or relay the event swapping with team mates at check points.


The short

The X-BERG CHALLENGE is an adventure race between paraglider vs. runner vs. cyclist for Athletes looking for a twist.

The challenge is to fly, run and cycle along a pre-set race route across the Drakensberg, South Africa. The length of the route may differ from race to race (I.e. between 2012 and 2020) but will be around 90 -180 km as the crow flies (straight line distance). The aim of the race is to finish as quickly as possible travelling only by paraglider, foot or bicycle (either you are carrying “IT” or “IT” is carrying you). After starting teams are to self-navigate past pre-determined “turn points” en-route. These turn points along with the overall route will be defined by the Race Committee. The Athlete who completes the route and reaches the finish first shall be declared the winner of the race.

2019 X-Berg Challenge Highlights



Proudly Featured
In & On:

1st Quarter Edition 2016. Page 95

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Athletes Wanted for Hazardous Journey. Small entry fee, bitter cold at times, long hours of complete darkness, constant wilderness challenges, energetic return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.

Perhaps Sir Ernest Shackleton would have advertised the X-Berg Challenge in similar words back in the early 1900’s. He was a true explorer! Are you?


Run IT, Ride IT or Fly IT!