Once a year, for a few months, Contermanskloof transforms into a winter wonderland with a seemingly unending expanse of rolling grass fields and ribbons of trails running through them.
Contrasting the extremely barren and dusty conditions during the summer months, you're welcomed by lush greenery and a cool breeze rising up from the Atlantic ocean. Add to this a clear and relatively windless day, and you find yourself grinning from ear to ear as you bomb down these fast, open trails. A quick 30 minute drive from Cape Town and a R40 day pass gets you access to around 18km of mountain bike trails, but with so many variations you could literally ride all day until the sun sets, and not run out of trail.
The Dairy Shed offers drinks and light meals - apparently killer omelettes too.
Few trail networks out there feature their very own personal bike shop like The Bike Shed. Parts, clothing and a workshop to sort out any issues.
Good to see The Bike Shed owner Jaco Veldsman back on the trainer after suffering a horrendous injury to his leg.
iRideAfrica[/url]']Rolling hills, steep valleys and incredibly green landscapes sprinkled with beautiful trails - You'd be forgiven if you thought you were in the England when riding Contermanskloof in the Winter! In complete contrast to the end of Summer, the trails are grippy and the surroundings have a 'soft' feel to them. While most of the trails have beautiful flow and an intermediate IMBA rating, some of the steepest and gnarliest rock gardens in the Cape are also found here. The riding experience is made all the better with a great coffee shop, friendly bike store as well as the fact that Tygerberg mtb club members can access another 70+ km of trails from here.
Daniel Dobinson |
The climb to the top of the trail is a mild one with the trail zig zagging up with out too much of a gradient. Getting to the very top at the radio mast is a different story though, and might require some pushing...
With an European eye, winter in Cape Town is really sweet and actually sometimes better than summer to have a nice ride. Just outside Cape Town our ride in Contermanskloof revealed perfect conditions - a nice mix of sun/clouds, reasonable temperature and a nice packed and grippy ground! The hills we rode offer an incredible view on the swartland vineyards on one side, and Cape Town city on the other side; one of the best spots to enjoy a sunset over the mother city.
Fast, flowing open sections, with tacky dirt under your wheels and the majestic Stellenbosch mountains lurking in the background = grinning from ear to ear.
Hold your bars like this Rolfe, not like that.
The trails are here well maintained and cater for vastly different types of riders, from beautiful bermed corners to technical rock gardens and jumps big and small.
Rolfe van Breda
Rolling hills and ribbons of singletrack for days.
Riding 'till the sun sets never gets old. Specially with a few home brewed beers waiting at the bottom courtesy of Rolfe.
Riders: Danield Donbinson | Matthieu Hamel | Rolfe van Breda
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