Cape Town - Entries for the 10th annual Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge opened on Monday and participants can look forward to some exciting changes to the four different routes.As in 2010, the MTB Challenge will again be split over two days, on Saturday 5 and Sunday March 6, 2011, taking place on the weekend preceding the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.“For our 10th MTB Challenge, riders can look forward to an improved venue layout at Boschendal. I’ve also made some cool changes to the routes, so expect more than a few surprises,” said route designer Meurant Botha. The shorter routes have been scheduled for Saturday, March 5:• The 13km family ride is perfect for novice riders and families with children. This brand new route has a short climb in the first kilometre, but contains no technical surprises. • The 25km mountain bike course is ideal for intermediate riders and requires moderate skill levels. There are a few sections of single track, but for the most part the route is flat and fast.The longer routes will take place on Sunday, March 6: • The 32km route is very strenuous. This route really is only for experienced riders who enjoy a technical challenge.• The 52km MTB Challenge requires not only endurance but also excellent handling skills. This year the route will include additional climbing, but also some of the most beautiful Boland vistas.How to enter:Riders can enter online by visiting www.mtbchallenge.co.za. Entries are limited to 4 750 so enter soonest to avoid disappointment. No late entries will be accepted on race day for the 25km, 32km and 52km routes.Columbia Grape EscapeThere are only about 100 entries left for the Columbia Grape Escape, the new three-day MTB stage race taking place from March 4-6, 2011. Entries have been limited to 750 riders and the cost ranges from R1 400 – R1 500 per rider. For more info and to enter online, visit www.grapeescape.co.za.