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Mountain biking enthusiasts in Greyton and Genadendal have the vision to market the area as a family MTB destination in the Western Cape. Together they have built, cleared and marked many kilometres of track to increase the mountain biking options in and around Greyton and Genadendal.
For beginners and riders with little children, the Rockhopper Forest has no hills. Rockhopper Forest 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 who can select to ride 18km or take the 13.5km shortcut. The shortcut skips the mountain climb, although if you take on the challenge you will be rewarded with magnificent views over Greyton and Genadendal.
The Blue Route is for riders who 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 who decide to complete the entire 35km track, it provides a very scenic view into the many areas of the Riviersonderend Valley.
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 which 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 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 cycling. Remember to check if you need permits before you leave on your ride because many tracks cross through private farms. The local enthusiasts are keen to share their knowledge, and during the summer months, they often meet on a Saturday and Sunday at 07:00 for a trail ride. Everyone is welcome, and mountain bikes are also available for hire.
Throughout the year, several cycling events take place. These include the Greyton MTB Classic, Dirtopia MTB Festival, The Greyton Tour and the Genadendal Mission MTB and trail run.
The Greyton and Genadendal countryside provides an exquisite destination for mountain biking. Besides the varying routes to choose from, the scenery you ride through is breathtaking, and there is a lot to enjoy when the pedals get put to rest. The outdoor adventures in Greyton are sure to keep the whole family entertained. Restaurants in the village will ensure tummies stay full, and there are ample places to stay in the Greyton area to make you feel right at home.