Mountain biking in Greyton
Greyton is only 2 hour’s drive from Cape Town and is renowned as one of the best destinations in the Western Cape for Mountain Biking (MTB). This picturesque town is nestled at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountains and is a strong draw card for anyone wanting to mountain bike in nature. It’s a popular area for anyone looking for recreation and relaxation whether for a quick weekend getaway or a long rejuvenating holiday. With varying trails and tracks, it truly is a paradise for any cyclist – regardless of fitness level.
Greyton is very lucky to have a group of vehement MTB enthusiasts in the community who have worked hard to ensure this region is appreciated by cyclists of every class and calibre. This includes building, clearing and marking kilometre after kilometre of track in a huge effort to increase the amount of options available to mountain bikers in this part of the Overberg.
If you’re travelling with younger children who also want to ride, there are several paths of least resistance in the Rockhopper Forest. These trails offer a whole lot of fun but without any major hills or elevations. This is part of the Green Route that winds through the trees with twists and turns for added excitement. There is also an 18km and a 13.5km route to choose from that hold the reward of incredible views over Greyton and the surrounding farmlands.
For those looking to be challenged and thrilled, there are tons of routes to take for tough climbs and exhilarating descents. Look into Cattle Baron, Rocky Horror and Korlandskloof trails as well as Bakenskop (which has the toughest climb and the best views) and Nakkieskloof (which has the most technical descent).
One of the most enjoyable reasons for mountain biking in and around Greyton is the after-cycling fun and entertainment in this warm, country atmosphere. Besides the abundance of routes to ride and stunning scenery, there is also a wide range of accommodation to choose from for the perfect stay. It is also possible to hire mountain bikes once you have arrived which is hugely convenient for those who can’t transport bikes with them.
The Greyton locals are always keen to share knowledge of the trails as well as offer training to anyone who feels the need to brush up first before hitting the mountainside. Explore several farms that allow riding by prior arrangement and even take part in some of the cycling events that happen here each year. These include the Greyton MTB Classic, Dirtopia MTB Festival and The Greyton Tour, as well as the Genadendal Mission MTB and Trail Run.