Gansbaai’s newly launched mountain biking routes are abuzz with mountain bikers. The routes make a great training ground for this years mountain biking races, such as the ‘Cape Epic’ which kicks off in March.
The two black trails are proving the most popular with these expert riders, who value the challenge the variety of terrain; steep rocky descents, tight switchbacks and spectacular views, in our beautiful Fynbos Reserves. There are two new black routes, but the one starting at De Uijlenes is the most challenging. Fit riders with good technical ability love this trail for its fun single track sections, stream crossings, rock berms, tough climbs, and exhilarating, fast technical descents through Flower Valley and above Stanford and Pearly Beach.
Klipspringer Trail, the other black option, starts at either Lomond Wines or Flower Valley Conservation and is approximately 32km long. It crosses five different properties in the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy and the views and surrounding natural environment are breathtaking. Riders looking for some ocean views will love the Blue route which starts at Gansbaai Information. This 25km long route follows a 4 x 4 track by the sea, the sandy slopes and the beautiful Danger Point Lighthouse.
The red route also starts at Gansbaai Information and is 85km long. This route is more rural with steeper climbs. It follows the peaceful Baardskeerdersbos road over Sopieshoogte, past the Kraaibosch dam to Papiesvlei and over Nuwepos to Baardskeerdersbos and back to Sopieshoogte. The total elevation is roughly 1200m, with the 40m Nuwepos climb the longest ascent.
The ‘Cape Epic’ passes through Hermanus from 16th March.