Girl’s MTB Getaway!

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Ready for the weekend? Why not pack your bags (only the necessary), throw in some food, rack the bikes and just drive!

That is exactly what we did for the perfect girl’s mountain bike weekend away in the Western Cape. We created our own little 3-day stage ride. Before we packed the car to leave the Saturday morning, we started with a short, but quick local trail….

Day ONE

Number one on the list was Lower Bloemendal! My ride for the weekend was the Silverback Sesta Pro. This bike is ideal for fast cross country and endurance rides, and rides like a dream! BUT more about the Sesta Pro in my following posts. 😉

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Situated in the beautiful Durbanville Wine Valley, Lower Bloemendal offers a short, yet entertaining trail that anyone from a weekend warrior to a pro will enjoy.

If you’re not a member of Tygerberg MTB club, you can buy a day permit at the white wendy house at the start of the trail. I figured Lower Bloemedal would be the perfect warm up spot with the popular (but very muddy) B-Spot and Lombards Terra that recently had a facelift.

A quick 20km’s in the bag, rinsed the bikes off and packed the bags to leave for Elgin the following morning.

Day TWO

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Arriving in Elgin the first thing on our To Do list was to hit the trails before checking in at our overnight accommodation. The second trail on our agenda was Oak Valley in the heart of Elgin. There are three different routes to choose from:

  •  14km Blue Route
  • 24km Red Route
  • 32km Black Route

The daily rate is R40 per rider per day (Adults) and R30 for kids. So make a family trip and bring the whole family to come and enjoy a few hours on the trails. 🙂

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.

Besides some signage not being too clear, we had an absolute blast on the Red/Black route. The sun was out and this was truly a beautiful ride. A few single tracks through thick forest sections, but the damp and muddy surface was no problem for the Sesta Pro!

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Day THREE

It was only fitting to go to Paul Cluver for our last day on the trails before heading back home. All routes start at the amphitheatre treating the rider to Raka and The Swing.  We do however think that the trails need a bit of maintenance. Nonetheless, the trail continues with a few berms, flowing singletrack with some technical riding.  I would not recommend this for beginners.

Look out for the Mamba, a rollercoaster through a river valley with 6 bridges. There are some lung busting climbs rewarded with magnificent vistas over the Elgin valley. The Pofadder is a bermed bridge built from wine barrel slats at the foot of a waterfall followed by more great riding and loads of singletrack.

The routes on Paul Cluver are as follows:

  • Red : Distance 34km : Elevation Gain 740m
  • Black : Distance 43km : Elevation Gain 1000m
  • Blue Long : Distance 11km : Elevation Gain 275m
  • Blue Short : Distance 8km : Elevation Gain 220m

You would also need to pay for a daily  permit at the gate at R40 per person.

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You haven’t been to Paul Cluver, if you don’t have this shot! 😛

{Chasing the storm}

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The social

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It was a chilly weekend, but the Elgin Valley is truly beautiful! Pure peace sitting on the stoep after a day on the trails with the farm dogs running around and a freshly brewed coffee on the gas stove. All I am going to say is that there “was” a jar of Nutella… RIP!

A weekend not to be forgotten! xo

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The blog post is written and owned by TheOneK. All opinions are my own and this post was not sponsored by any of the above mentioned parties. TheOneK will also not be held liable for any loss, damages or injuries in the case of riding the MTB trails mentioned above.

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  1. Corinne says:

    Thanks for an awesome read! Definitely keen to try out the Paul Cluver trails. And can I just add, as a female, it’s awesome to see how women are embracing this sport! #thefutureisfemale.

    1. theonek says:

      Hi Corinne, thank you for the comment. Glad you liked it! Yes, I agree. I would love to see more women out on the trails.

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