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Outrides: Gopro Hero4 Black & Silve
Gimbals: Zhiyun Rider M
MOUNTAIN BIKING ON BOSCHENDAL
Boschendal proudly hosted the Cape Epic 2016 for 2 days and we have recently opened the new Boschendal MTB Trails to the riding public. With single track by Bennett Nel, Pieter van Wyk and Shaun Havenga expect some sweet riding. The world class black route is proving to be a hit with intermediate to advanced riders, but we do have routes to suit families and casual riders.
Downhill single track includes Inferno (3.7 km), Sugar Bowl (2.3km), and Porcupine (1.3km). The 1km Orchards skills track with its sweeping berms, camel backs, table tops and gap jumps has both beginner and advanced options.
Trails: 5 marked trail circuits starting just inside the Rhodes Avenue security gate. 4km Yellow Route; 9km Green Route; 11km Blue Route; 15km Red Route; 23km Black Route. The Black XL route adds 3-4 sections onto Black route.
Parking: Riders can park at the main parking area at Boschendal Werf. From here it is a short 1km ride the trail start on the other side of the R310.
Daily rate: R50 per rider per day
Annual rate: R500 for 1 / R800 for a couple / R1000 for a family. Permits valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Please bring an ID photo when applying for an annual permit. An annual permit will take 1 week to process but riders can ride for free on the day they apply and pay for an annual permit.
Permits & maps: Permits are available from the Boschendal Trail Centre. 100% of the permit fee goes towards building and maintaining trails. Please note that permits will be checked by security at Rhodes Avenue gate. No permit no ride.
Opening hours: Open 365 days. Monday-Friday 08:00-17:00 and Saturday-Sunday 08:00-15:00. Day permits available from 8am Monday to Sunday.
Bike hire: Trek Marlin 7 mountain bikes for hire at R400 per day. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0210019401 to make a reservation. Bikes and permits can be collected from the Boschendal Trail Centre.
Family friendly: Family friendly facilities and things to do at the Boschendal werf for those not riding. Things to do after your ride: Have breakfast at the Deli, enjoy a long lunch at the Deli or Werf Restaurant, have a picnic on the lawns, enjoy wine tasting under the oaks, swop your iron steed for a horse or pony ride, visit the natural meat Werf Butchery, check out the vast gardens, and stock up on some fresh farm produce at the Farmshop.
Amenities: Shower facilities and secure parking available.
Disclaimer: Please note that mountain biking is a dangerous sport. Trails are constantly changing and riders should use these trails with caution. No helmet no ride. Riding is at your own risk we do not accept liability for damages or injury.
TokaiMTB is a constituted representative body and publicly funded non-profit organization. The group subscribes to the guiding best practices of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) through the African IMBA representative body and non-profit company, Amarider.
As one of the founding members of the Table Mountain Mountain Bike forum, our mandate is to assist SANParks with mountain bike activity management in the Table Mountain National Park to help provide the recreational users with a safe and well-managed mountain bike trail facility.
Members of TokaiMTB have been active in a voluntary capacity since the official introduction of mountain biking on this mountain since 1995. The group is in possession of a SANParks permit to upgrade and maintain mountain bike trails within the Table Mountain National Park, as well as host monthly community volunteer programmes in Tokai. We operate from Tokai which is located in the central section of this National Park.
TokaiMTB is constantly expanding into other areas where SANParks requires assistance and believes firmly that a good working relationship is vital to the well-being of both the environment and user recreational needs.
Having launched in January 2015, the bike park at Constantia Uitsig is being updated constantly, and will ultimately consist of a meandering cross-country track stretching over 3.5 km, amidst indigenous vegetation and the scenic beauty of Constantia.
In addition, there is now also a dual slalom race track and a Bike Barn – offering spectators a cozy hideout and cyclists, a pitstop with bike repair facilities on site.
Designed by Downhill World Champion, Chris Nixon, the tracks are ideal for honing one’s bike handling skills. BMX’s, mountain bikes and cyclocross are all welcome.
The Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush takes mountain bikers from the top of the Drakensberg escarpment near Harrismith and drops down into Kwazulu-Natal negotiating world-famous single track into the bushveld below into Winterton. We have three events to choose from, the Descent & Great Trek are three day events and the 2 day Original is 2 days of riding.
Riders camp along the shady banks of the Tugela river at the famous Em'Seni Camp ready to tackle the next two days of spectacular bushveld riding. With farm-style hospitality and an area rich in history, not to mention incredible riding, you're sure to have a proper adventure on your bike!
This event aims to provide you the rider with some of the best value mountain biking available.
Specialist MTB organisers and logistic consultants Impi Concept Events will once again help the Eston committee and sponsors in delivering a superb event during 2018. Ideally situated between DBN and PMB, this event is a true mass participation event for all ages, sexes and riders.
ROAG (Race Organisers Admin Group) is an event administration system. ROAG's primary objective is to simplify and streamline the administration of minority sport events in South Africa. ROAG provides both sportspeople and events with a unified race admin portalthrough an online data management system.
ROAG & ROAG EVENT ORGANISERS:
ROAG offers a substantial range of administrative & marketing services to Event Organisers who require assistance with various aspects of running a sports event. These include services such as seeding & batching structures, online entries, late entries, manual entries, a call centre, facilitating timing and a variety of marketing services. The event organiser essentially outsources the administration of their event to ROAG, who has a well-established and specialised sports event admin system.
ROAG & ROAG MEMBERS:
ROAG enables ROAG members to experience a more pleasant and hassle-free event, through the minimization of cumbersome event administration. ROAG also provides members with access to a portal/website that incorporates event related news, info, results, seeding indexes, calendars, an entry system and an interactive profile along with many other services. ROAG registration is FREE. ROAG currently has over 85 000 ROAG members.
One Number, One System, One Sporting Nation
ROAG is the leading service provider in sports event administration in South Africa. ROAG offers event organisers the use of a highly effective, user-friendly and convenient administration system, as well as a full turn-key event admin service. Sports people are provided with an online sports event portal & event registration system.
- Team Work
The UMKO Adventure is a 2 day MTB ride which takes cyclists on an adventurous journey through the beautiful Umkomaas Valley and surrounding farm lands. The event field is limited to 150 riders, allowing cyclists the space and freedom to cycle at their own pace and take in the breath-taking views along the route. The event aims to promote Richmond (KwaZulu-Natal’s most beautiful secret) as a tourist destination and uplift the local community, while raising funds for Hands for Hope and the Sunflower Fund.
In March 2008, proprietor Anthony Rawbone-Viljoen was proud to announce the launch of The Oak Valley Mountain Biking Experience.
Established by Pieter Visser, previously the Oak Valley winemaker, who himself was a keen mountain biker, the trails start and finish in the oak-lined avenues at the entrance of the Estate.
There are 3 marked routes: a 14 kilometre Blue Route for the family; a 24 kilometre Red Route for stronger riders; and the 32 kilometre Black Route for more advanced riders.
The trails consist of a large percentage of well-maintained singletrack, with bridges over farm fences and streams, making for a highly enjoyable ride.
The biking trail takes the rider through beautiful natural scenery, including forests of ancient oak trees, through vineyards, through apple and pear orchards and across sub-clover/grass pastures, set against the stunning backdrop of the protected fynbos on the slopes of the Groenlandberg Mountain. Due to the mix of terrain we recommend you use a good all round tyre. The fee is R40 per rider, payable at the security office located at the entrance gate to the Estate. The trail has been described by expert mountain bikers as the best of its kind in the Western Cape - a 5 star experience!
After your ride, visit The Pool Room Restaurant, Deli and Wine Tasting venue located 500 metres from the start of the trails. The Pool Room is open for breakfast & lunch from Tuesday to Sunday and dinner on Fridays & Saturdays. The wine tasting bar is situated at The Pool Room and is open 7 days a week, Monday to Sunday, including public holidays.
Have fun and enjoy Oak Valley's MTB Experience!
Bains Mountain Bike Trails @ Welvanpas
Come and experience the beauty you never knew existed in the Western Cape before! The trail is challenging, but rewarding. Stop at the top of the climbs to absorb it all. The reward for your effort is fast, technical single track with breathtaking views!
The route starts and ends at Welvanpas farm which is nestled between the beautiful Hawekwa and Groenberg mountain ranges. It is mainly single track and winds through orchard, vineyard, waterfalls and pristine fynbos.
It takes you up high unto Groenberg, before a descending steep, technical section down to the Kromme River. Here you can choose the challenging, very steep finish towards the river or an (equally) challenging chicken run. Hereafter it runs on the banks of the tranquil stream through a natural forest. The second part of the route takes you towards Bainskloof Pass, up a thigh-testing single track climb and finally back towards Welvanpas Farm, on single track carved into the steep slopes of the Bainskloof foothills.
Based in the Central Drakensberg. These trails provides a mix of technical rocky sections, narrow cattle paths, boulder steps and fast flowing single tracks and are some of the most exciting, challenging trails around. Providing the experienced cyclist a chance to ride in an area few have had access to.
Mankele was established in 2007 by Greg Anderson, Geoffrey Anderson & Mark Meyer. Mankele’s main aim is to be a safe outdoor environment with a variety of activities and accommodation options for the whole family to enjoy.
Mankele is fast becoming South Africa’s favorite place to mountain bike.
Situated in the heart of Mpumalanga at the foot of the escarpment. With beautiful surroundings of tropical forests, open grass lands, rivers, dams, ravines, mountains and breath taking views.
There is something for everyone here.
We are very proud to share our fantastic MTB, Trail running and Hiking facilities with you. The 80km of farm trails with about 8km of single track, incorporates all that a Mountain biker, Trail runner and hiker enthusiast demands. A magnificent setting surrounded by beautiful scenery, undulating and flowing track, which we hope will be a pleasure for you to ride and walk. It is safe and fully marked and is designed in such a way to accommodate all ages and fitness levels.
We have tried to make it fast and free flowing with a few technical sections along the way. You will ride over all types of surfaces but in general it will be smooth. The hills are user friendly and enjoyable for the average rider. There are a number of route options and shortcuts and this allows you to choose your distance and route for the day.
Steaming hot showers and changing facilities are available. A small coffee shop which operates on an honesty system has hot and cold refreshments along with some sweets and energy bars for you to enjoy whilst you relax after a nice hot shower in our very relaxed “chill area”.
A bit of history…Clearwater has been a working farm since 1979. The Abbott’s established the cabins later in the year 1996 with the intention of exposing the beautiful Umtamvuna Nature Reserve & River Gorge to the visitor. Thereafter, over the following 20 years, the next generation developed the interest of the walking and mountain biking trails on the farm. The gorge view deck has also become a well frequented “to-do” item in the area.
The Routes are designed to exhilarate the mountain biker by design though are quite well suited for the avid trail runner and nature walker.
Clearwater Trails boasts a marvellous mix of terrain and scenic views along four custom-built and well-marked MTB trails. Jan ‘The Man’ Abbott went all out when he designed the routes, making sure there would be something to suit all levels and types of mountain bikers.
An exhilarating mix of hand-made single-track, jeep track and gravel road constitute a fast and riveting ride. Choose between routes along moderate gradients or attempt the more serious downhill section if, of course, you’re prepared to take on the burn as you climb back up out of the valley!
The classic view of the Umtamvuna river gorge on the start of your ride from the Gorge View Deck meets your eyes before you carry on onto the series of flowing berms, switchbacks, natural ramps, bridges and water crossings ahead.
The Blue Route (20km):This is an easy to moderate circular option along a mix of gravel roads, single-track and dual-track. This trail follows the ridge line with only a few gradual hills, but is more technical than the Green Route.
The Green Route (4.7km):This easy circuit on farm roads and single-track is ideal for family outings and sprint rides. From the cabins, head from the gate to Gorge Viewing Deck. Follow the white rocks with green arrows to stay on route. Green bypasses are interspersed within the Blue Route to offer an alternative course or an easier option.
Mix and match your routes, providing you adhere to the general direction of the route markers, particularly on the Blue Route.
Absolute Motion’s objective is to assist people in having the best cycling experience possible. We do this through what we do:
- The Absolute Motion Cycling Club; a national community of like-minded people enjoying creation on bikes.
- Training and Coaching; including Mountain Bike Skills and High Performance Coaching. Faster, stronger and more skilled = much more enjoyment.
- Bike Fitting; if you are comfortable on your bike you will ride more.
WORLD CLASS UNLIMITED TRAILS - With 200km of marked routes and more than 70 km of single tracks, we are the biggest Mountain Bike Park in South Africa:-)
At Holla we have designed our trails so that every level of rider or runner can choose a route that suits their adventure best - whether you are an anxious newbie or experienced pro. We hope you enjoy taking your adventure on our trails.
Set in the heart of leafy Bryanston, the PwC Bike Park comprises 20 hectares of land with 13km of trails. It is an adventure and skills playground that is part of a natural wetland bordering the N1 highway and Main Road. For mountain bikers, trail runners, beginners and pros of all ages; the PwC Bike Park provides the perfect place to learn, practice and play in a safe and secure environment.