Mountain Biking

There is a group of enthusiasts that have a vision of developing Greyton as the family MTB destination of choice in the Western Cape. They aim to make Greyton a must visit destination for cyclists of every caliber. Together they have built, cleared and marked many kilometres of track in an effort to increase the mountain biking options in and around Greyton.

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For those that have younger kids with them and need to take the path of least resistance there is the Rockhopper Forest that embodies a lot of fun with no hills. It forms part of the Green Route that is full of twists and turns through the trees for some excitement. It is perfect for chilled riders that can choose to ride 18km or take the 13.5km shortcut. The shortcut skips the mountain climb but if you take on the brief challenge you will be rewarded with views over Greyton.

The Blue Route is designed for riders that want more distance than the Green Route but not quite the intensity and extreme climbing of the Red Route. The Blue Route takes you through the Rockhopper Forest, crosses a river, takes you through farmlands of grazing cows, up a heavy climb and ends with a rewarding descent. There is the option to take a shortcut but for those that decide to complete the full 35km track it provides a very scenic view into the many areas of the Riviersonderend Valley.

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The Red Route is a little bit more daring but for those fit enough it promises to be a good workout and a lot of fun. The start is the same as the Green Route except it climbs to the top of the Bakenskop that soon poses a few challenges and a long sweeping descent. There is a point where you can head home but if you are feeling up to it the climb up Nakkieskloof it is one of the most exhilarating singles in the area. The long route takes you through several of the surrounding areas and a handful more climbs before taking you home. If you are looking for some real intensity or are training for a ride like the Cape Epic then you can combine the Green Route and Red Route for 56km and 1 100m of climbing, twice!

Cyclists and MTB enthusiasts simply need to check the board outside the tourism office for the list of routes and details related to riding. It is important to check which routes need permits as many cross over private farms. The local enthusiasts are very keen to share their knowledge and during the summer months they often meet on a Saturday and Sunday at 7am for a trail. It is often easy going and all are welcome. Bikes can also be hired if need be.

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Throughout the year there are several cycling events that take place: the Greyton MTB Classic, Dirtopia MTB Festival, The Greyton Tour and the Genadendal Mission MTB and trail run.

Greyton and Genadendal are exquisite places for mountain biking. Besides the varying routes to choose from the scenery that you ride through is absolutely breath-taking and there is a lot to enjoy when the pedals are put to rest. The outdoor adventures in Greyton are sure to keep the whole family entertained. There are several restaurants in the village that will whet your appetite and there are ample places to stay in Greyton that will make you feel right at home.