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  1. With blue skies, green vineyards and view for days the stage has been set for what will be yet another breathtaking 2-day event in nature. As has become tradition, the event will start and finish on Delvera Farm and will include the best trails and single track the greater Simonsberg Conservancy has to offer. Meurant Botha welcomes riders from Fairtree Capital, riders from the BMT Academy, representatives from Jan Kriel School (a beneficiary of the event) and other mountain biking stalwarts. For the recce ride, the group of riders headed out to the well-known blue route on Delvera Farm. The short, but punchy climb was rewarded with views of the Simonsberg Mountains and surrounding vineyards as well as Cape Town’s own Table Mountain. Even for a social ride, it wasn’t too long before riders dipped into the flowing descent and were chasing each other’s dust clouds. The MTB two-day event will take place on 2 & 3 Feb 2019 with a 60km and 40km route on offer for both Saturday and Sunday, with the two day’s riding, which forms part of the 2019 ABSA Cape Epic route, taking place on separate trails on the vast network. Do both days, mix it up or do only one day - your choice! Participants can look forward to a big chill area after their ride, with showers, a bike park, bike wash & lube station and a massage service on offer. There will also be a kiddies entertainment area with the option for supporters to join for lunch by buying a food ticket. And yes, great coffee and the best beers will be served on the day. With roughly 12km of singletrack on Day 1 and 26km of singletrack on Day 2, just shy of 50% of the day’s riding will be on the narrow stuff! Because there is so much singletrack, rider numbers are limited to 550 entries to ensure a premium rider experience. There will be no better time to be out in the Winelands as harvest season will be in full swing so do not delay to get your entries in as they will certainly sell out. ROUTE PROFILES Day 1 – Route Description: Saturday’s route has seen the removal of most of the long gravel sections with more singletrack added to both distances. That said, the day remains consistent with our goal of having an easier day than Day 2.Various sections of singletrack and the blue route on Delvera with boardwalks offer non-technical alternative to some of the gnarly sections and rock gardens. Those who enjoy more technical riding are welcome to tame the rougher sections on the route. Saturday’s long route will see at least 7km of additional singletrack compared to last year! As can be seen from the profiles there are many undulations, but the elevations are less severe. Day 1: Long Route Distance: 55km, Elevation: 1380m Day 1: Short Route Distance: 42km, Elevation: 960m Day 2 – Route Description: We are not messing too much with what has become a winning formula: more than 25 singletrack sections showcasing the best of the Simonsberg Trail system. Long route riders head up to Never Say Neverending Again section where 2 Spring seasons has settled the trail into what must be the premier trail in the region. This 10km singletrack is one of the longest continuous pieces of trail in the Western Cape and offers unsurpassed views of the Boland and Peninsula. The Fairtree Contour is the only event that uses this trail as part of its route and the fact that numbers are limited, and we reach the trail after 42km of riding, makes it an enjoyable experience for all. Although the elevation at around 1500 m for the long route is considerable, the climbing is not intense and very manageable. That said, the Long Route is not for inexperienced riders! Those who opt for the shorter route will do most sections apart from Never Say Neverending Again, and can expect a punchy, singletrack infested morning with lots of smiles! Day 2: Long Route Distance: 58km, Elevation: 1550m Day 2: Short Route Distance: 41km, Elevation: 1050m All entries include a daily breakfast snack with coffee, Zebonkey beer and lunch. Early bird entries close on 31 December 2018. Go to www.fairtreecontour.co.za and for more info, contact Dirtopia at info@fairtreecontour.co.za or the Trail Centre on Delvera at Tel:021 884 4752. To stay in touch on social media, follow or like: Facebook: https://www.facebook...onsbergcontour/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtopia Twitter: https://twitter.com/fairtreecontour
  2. Former ABSA Cape Epic winner, Czech and European marathon champion, Kristian Hynek won the 60km men’s race in 2:16:52, with multiple USA champion Jeremiah Bishop second in 2:17:05 and three time World Marathon Champion, Alban Lakata third in 2:17:11. Czech and European marathon champion, Kristian Hynek (middle) won the 60km men's race with Jeremiah Bishop (right) second and Alban Lakata (right) third. Erik Kleinhans, lead from the start and clinched the King of the Mountain title as the fastest man on the 2km time trial uphill section about 30km into the race. Unfortunately, a puncture caused him to lose a lot of time and hampered his chances of a podium win. Erik Kleinhans was crowned King of the Mountains. Ariane Luthi took convincing line honours in the ladies race in a time of 2:34:14 and applauded race organisers for a more challenging single track route with great climbing sections. Day 1 ladies winner Ariane Luthi Jennie Stenerhag who won the Queen of the Mountain title finished second in 2:39:22 with ABSA Cape Epic teammate Esther Suss in third. Jennie Stenerhag and Esther Suss. The 40km men’s race was won by Durbanville youngster, Juan Louw in 1:52:50 with Guy de Cafmeyer in 1:57:25 first veteran and second overall and Morne van Greunen third in 1:58:53. In the 40km ladies’ race it was Nikki Biesheuvel first in 2:20:26 with Karla Fletcher second in 2:23:16 and Robyn Tully third. According to Fairtree Capital, the company is proud to be associated with such a world class event that saw top class international riders bracing the podium today. The overall winners will be announced following tomorrow’s second stage of the Fairtree Contour Simonsberg Stage Race. For complete results visit www.trailtag.co.za and find Sunday’s race information on www.fairtreecontour.co.za
  3. Huge praise from riders for the routes and general atmosphere at the start finish situated from Delvera farm near Stellenbosch. And the racing was top class too! Team Topeak-Ergon dominated the men category with Ariane Luthi the winner of the ladies race and Queen of the Mountain on day 1. Ester Suss raced hard for second place with a sprint finish on the second stage, but took the Queen of the Mountain on Sunday. And local girl Mari Rabie with a comfortable third spot overall. Jeremiah Bishop took the overall mens win with Christopher Wolhuter in second place and Domnik Buksa taking third overall. The King of the mountain trophies went to Jeremiah on day one and Kristian Hynek on day two. The first stage was a brand-new route and apart from various single-track sections around Klapmutskop, most of the routing was on farm roads and made for fast riding that started on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg between Klapmuts and Simondium. Day2 brought more than 25km of singletrack that included Meurant Botha’s now famous ‘Never say never ending again’ trail that climbs to top of Simonsberg. BOS Sport supported the refreshment stations as hydration and riders were also treated with snacks on route like fruit, meatballs, jellies and even sandwiches. At the finish line facilities included showers, lunch, a free beer, massage servies, kiddies entertainment and on Sunday a trial bike show from Dylan Victor. This coming weekend of 11 & 12 February will see the first Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Trail Run from Delvera with a choice of 12km or 25km routes. A fun 7km route on Sunday for runners that can only participate one day. For full results, visit www.trailtag.co.za and more info on the event visit www.dirtopia.co.za For queries, contact Dirtopia at info@dirtopia.co.za or 021 884 4752
  4. After the devastating fire of January 2016, the inaugural Fairtree Simonsberg Contour MTB stage race overcame serious challenges and presented riders with a premier winelands riding experience. This past weekend of 4 & 5 February 2017, Fairtree Capital in collaboration with the Simonsberg Conservancy, landowners and Stellenbosch event organisers Dirtopia, presented riders with the 2nd edition of ‘The Fire Ride’ where riders got a chance to experience the recovering Simonsberg Conservancy. Click here to view the article
  5. Starting from Delvera Farm outside Stellenbosch the spectator point for Saturday is at Marianne wine estate and Sunday at Muratie Wine Estate. Prizemoney will be equal for the ladies and men with a total of R35000 for overall long distance winners of the two-day stage race. Other local names to watch would be Mari Rabie and Tania Raats. In the Men’s event team Topeak Ergon are confirmed with Alban Lakata, Kristian Hynek and Jeremiah Bishop leading the charge.With a trophy going to both ladies and men for the King of the mountain competition, it will be interesting to see who walks away with the titles. “I look forward to ride some of the most flowy trails of Stellenbosch around my favourite mountain here!” says Ariane Luthi from Team Spur. Fairtree Capital added: "We are very proud to be associated with the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour and are very excited to welcome riders for the second edition of the ‘Fire Ride’. After recently testing the trails ourselves, we can attest that the Dirtopia team and the landowners have done an incredible job in preparing the trails and that all participants are in for two fantastic days of mountain biking!” Riders that are fortunate enough to be part of the second Fairtree Simonsberg Contour two-day stage race on 4 & 5 February, will have a special experience on the trails, prepared by route designer Meurant Botha of Dirtopia. “The route team has been working hard to finalise the first stage for the 2017 Contour with lots of construction on stage 2.” The aim for day 1 is to create a faster and technically easier day before Sunday’s single-track extravaganza. In a complete redesign of last year’s first stage, riders will head northeast and explore the farms on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg between Klapmuts and Simondium. Riders who participated in the 2016 Absa Cape Epic will catch glimpses of the final day’s Stage 7 as riders cross from Niel Joubert Wines to Delvera. Apart from various single-track sections around Klapmutskop, most of the routing is on farm roads and will make for fast riding. In terms of elevation, long route riders can expect a relatively easy day with around 1280m of climbing according to Google Earth, with a distance of 58km. Short route riders can expect around 950m of climbing for the 40km option. On day 2 the route heads into the trails with the Contour being the only event that utilises the ‘Never Say Neverending Again’ Trail on the Simonsberg, that at 10km is one of the longest continuous pieces of trail in the Western Cape and offers unsurpassed views of the Boland and Peninsula. ‘We have also added more flow in the Knorhoek region of Day 2’s route to eliminate some of the stinging ascents and replacing them with single-track.” With more than 26km of single-track on Day 2, just shy of 50% of the days riding will be on the narrow stuff! Race distance for day two is approximately 57km and elevation between 1500 and 1600m. Due to the high volume of single-track, rider numbers to this race are limited to ensure a premium rider experience. At the finish line, riders can look forward to a free bike wash, craft beer, lunch, massage, warm shower and chill out areas with kiddies entertainment. BOS Sport will support the refreshment stations as hydration partner on the routes and at the finish line for both weekends. Follow the event on Twitter @FairtreeContour or see Facebook page Fairtree Simonsberg Contour. Results will be live on www.trailtag.co.za although provisional on the day. Race information: www.dirtopia.co.za
  6. With names like Esther Suss, Ariane Luthi and Jennie Stenerhag on the start line tomorrow, the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour event is going to be the stage race to watch this coming weekend of 4 & 5 February. Click here to view the article
  7. The aim for day 1 is to create a faster and technically easier day before Sunday’s single-track extravaganza. In a complete redesign of last year’s first stage, riders will head northeast and explore the farms on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg between Klapmuts and Simondium. Riders who participated in the 2016 Absa Cape Epic will catch glimpses of the final day’s Stage 7 as riders cross from Boschendal to Delvera. Apart from various single-track sections around Klapmutskop, most of the routing is on farm roads and will make for fast riding. In terms of elevation, long route riders can expect a relatively easy day with around 1280m of climbing according to Google Earth, with a distance of 58km. Short route riders can expect around 950m of climbing for the 40km option. Just note that the route does not take in the more technical blue/black single-track on Klapmutskop. On day 2 the route heads into the trails with the Contour being the only event that utilises the ‘Never Say Neverending Again’ Trail in the Simonsberg, that at 10km is one of the longest continuous pieces of trail in the Western Cape and offers unsurpassed views of the Boland and Peninsula. ‘We have also added more flow in the Knorhoek region of Day 2’s route to eliminate some of the stinging ascents and replacing them with single-track. We are also excited to announce that Distell’s Groenhof Farm is becoming part of the permanent trail network and that we’ll be launching new single-track with the 2017 Contour” continues Botha. With more than 26km of single-track on Day 2, just shy of 50% of the days riding will be on the narrow stuff! Race distance for day two is approximately 57km and elevation between 1500 and 1600m. Due to the high volume of single-track, rider numbers to this race are limited to ensure a premium rider experience, so do not delay to get your entries in as only pre-entries are taken. Nicknamed “TheFireRide” after the inaugural event in 2016, the start & finish are at the Agri-tourism village of Delvera just outside Stellenbosch. The region is famous for its top wines and beautiful trails, views, and spectacular scenery. All entrants are treated at registration with a free T-shirt, race, event sweatband, bottle of Delheim or Muratie wine and a breakfast snack with coffee/tea on race mornings. At the finish line, they can look forward to a free bike wash, craft beer, lunch, massage, warm shower and chill out areas with even kiddies entertainment. BOS Sport will support the refreshment stations as hydration partner on the routes and at the finish line for both weekends. Top riders like Team Spur’s Ariane Luthi are already entered with many other top pros also expected to make an appearance as they start preparing for the stage race season. Fairtree Capital added: "We are very proud to be associated with the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour and are very excited to welcome riders for the second edition of the ‘Fire Ride’. After recently testing the trails ourselves, we can attest that the Dirtopia team and the landowners have done an incredible job in preparing the trails and that all participants are in for two fantastic days of mountain biking!” Trail runners get their own two-day stage race on the 11th & 12th of February, with daily 25km and 12km options. Runners will also love the singletrack in the Simonsberg Conservancy and vineyard trails, with a fun short route of 7km added on the Sunday morning. The same offering of T-shirt, wine, food and entertainment will be available for runners too! Entries and all for all events on www.dirtopia.co.za or contact Dirtopia Trail Centre on Delvera at info@dirtopia.co.za or 021 884 4752
  8. Riders that are fortunate enough to be part of the second Fairtree Simonsberg Contour two-day stage race on 4 & 5 February, will have a special experience on the trails, prepared by route designer Meurant Botha of Dirtopia. “The route team has been working hard to finalise the first stage for the 2017 Contour” says Botha. Click here to view the article
  9. Route designer Meurant Botha from Dirtopia, says: ‘We are now shifting our attention to adding more flow in the Knorhoek region of Day 2’s route to eliminate some of the stinging ascents and replacing them with singletrack. We are also excited to announce that Distell’s Groenhof Farm is becoming part of the permanent trail network and that we’ll be launching new singletrack with the 2017 Contour.” With more than 26km of singletrack on Day 2, just shy of 50% of the days riding will be on the narrow stuff! Race distance for day two is approximately 56km and elevation between 1500 and 1600m. Because there is so much singletrack, rider numbers to this race is limited to 600 entries to ensure a premium rider experience, so do not delay to get your entries in as they will certainly sell out. In the new year, the trail team be moving the work to Day 1’s route with an announcement with more details on the revised stage to follow. Exciting news for trail runners is that a two-day stage race on the 11th & 12th of February has been created with a 25km and 12km option. Runners will also be treated to singletrack in the Simonsberg Conserancy and vineyard trails, with a fun short route of 7km on the Sunday morning. Entries are open for all events on www.dirtopia.co.za BOS Sport will support the refreshment stations as hydration partner on the routes and at the finish line for both weekends. Participants can look forward to breakfast, lunch, medals, massage services, kiddies entertainment areas and great facilities like showers & beer and wine stalls at the start/finish. For more info, contact Dirtopia at info@dirtopia.co.za or 021 884 4752
  10. Scheduled of 4 & 5 February 2017, the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour MTB stage race is the only event that utilises the Never Say Neverending Again Trail in the Simonsberg and for the past month the team has focused on getting the trail in prime condition for the race. This 10km singletrack is one of the longest continuous pieces of trail in the Western Cape and offers unsurpassed views of the Boland and Peninsula. Click here to view the article
  11. After the devastating fire of January 2016, the inaugural Fairtree Simonsberg Contour MTB stage race overcame serious challenges and presented riders with a premier winelands riding experience. In February 2017, Fairtree Capital in collaboration with the Simonsberg Conservancy, landowners and Stellenbosch event organisers Dirtopia, will present riders with the 2nd edition of ‘The Fire Ride’ where riders will get a chance to experience the recovering Simonsberg Conservancy. Click here to view the article
  12. The 2017 event is set to take place on the 4th & 5th of February 2017. The Fairtree Contour has been created to continue the development of mountain biking routes and expose the incredible network of single-track trails on the SImonsberg Mountain. With over 25km of mountain single-track, connecting more than 10 wine estates, the region is set to become a hotspot for mountain bike trail riders. Dirtopia has spent the last 3 years developing new routes on Delheim and Muratie wine estates. These trails are now operated in partnership with the landowners and the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy being the primary beneficiary. The conservancy represents more than 20 farms around the mountain and is currently focused on a multi-million rand alien clearing project to return large tracts of the mountain to fynbos and renosterveld. In terms of routing; route designer Meurant Botha says riders can look forwards to even more new trails for the 2017 race. Primarily, last year’s rerouted stage 1 will be redesigned to incorporate more of the Simonsberg with the emphasis on making it the faster, easier route of the two. Sunday’s Queen Stage returns with new trails to eliminate one or two of the lung-busting vineyard climbs and replace them with flowing trails. The trail team is set to start construction in October, gearing up for a hot summer of building. While the final route will be launched later this year, riders can expect daily stages of 55-60km each with around 1500m of elevation. Botha emphasised that the focus will be on a fun, trail experience, a perfect opener for the stage race season. The daily 40km option allows less fit trail fanatics to enjoy the riding experience. There is no better time to be out in the winelands as harvest season will be in full swing in surrounding vineyards. Each participant will receive the following: Event t-shirt Goody bag Morning coffee, breakfast snack and daily lunch buffet Daily bike wash & lube service BOS Sport will continue as the events hydration partner. Riders can look forwards to enjoying the BOS range at the refreshment stations and finish area. The refreshment stations were a huge hit with the riders in 2016, fully stocked with a wide range of savoury snacks and fruit. Delvera Farm, well known for its family friendly atmosphere, will be the host venue where visitors can expect to kids entertainment, showers, a massage service, craft beer and of course tasting the region's award winning wines. Entries: • Long option (60km/day): R975 in total for both days • Short option (40km/day):R825 in total for both daysClick here to enter www.dirtopia.co.za from 4th October. Entries will be limited to 600 riders. For more info, contact Dirtopia at info@dirtopia.co.za or 021 884 4752
  13. Photo credit: beadlephoto.com Some 90% of the trails constructed over the past two years were damaged and the bulk of the forest canopy lost when fires ravaged the Simonsberg Mountain and adjacent wine estates. For route designer and race director, Meurant Botha from Dirtopia, cancelling the ride was only considered for a brief moment. “I knew that we had our busiest event period looming and that the events could potentially accelerate the rehabilitation process. The damage to the trail system was extensive and an extended rebuild period like Jonkershoek and Tokai would accentuate the loss even further.” Once the call to go ahead with the race was made, the trail team was expanded to over 40 men and trail crews from Welvanpas and Franschhoek joined in for possibly the biggest trail-build effort ever undertaken in South Africa. “Apart from the damaged trails, the incomplete Never Say Never-ending trail project also needed to get finished so the teams had their hands full to get everything ready,” added Botha. Photo credit: beadlephoto.com Organisers were forced to reroute most of day one but managed to get most of the second stage in place in time for the race weekend. The Contour was developed to drive the expansion of the Simonsberg Trails network, currently traversing Delheim, Muratie and Uitkyk wine estates so it was important that the trails would be suitable to host the event. “The second day had more than 19km of singletrack over the 55km distance. Under normal circumstances this would be pretty difficult to manage due to congestion and the potential technical difficulty of the routes. For the race to develop we had to prove that the concept of a trails’ focused event can work and we are very pleased with the outcome of this year’s event.” According to Botha the rebuild would not have been possible without the support and vision of Fairtree Capital, who not only acquired the title sponsorship of the race, but also has signed as annual partner of the trail system. Kobus Nel, CEO from Fairtree Capital said: “As partner of the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour, we were truly inspired by the bravery, dedication and resolve of Simonsberg landowners and Dirtopia in fighting the devastating fire. We were delighted when it was agreed to go ahead as it allowed us to help in the rebuilding process in a very tangible way. The Dirtopia team and the landowners have done an incredible job to organise such a unique event and the ‘Fire Ride’ will stay etched in our memory for years to come. Photo credit: beadlephoto.com “We are very proud to be associated with the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour and we look forward to achieve our joint vision of developing and building sustainable world-class mountain bike routes in and around the Stellenbosch Simonsberg region. Thank you to all those who have supported us through this process – it would not have been possible without you,” Nel concluded. The organisers will shortly look at new trail additions for next year’s event, set for 4 and 5 February 2017. The trails are currently still closed for maintenance; however, the re-launch of trails will be on 2 April. Watch the Dirtopia social media pages for more info. Note that permits are always needed to ride the trails at R50 per person per day or annual permits are available. Contact the Dirtopia Trail Centre at 021 884 4752 should you have any questions.
  14. Launching a new race is never easy, so having to contend with the devastating Simonsberg fire in Stellenbosch just two weeks before the inaugural Fairtree Simonsberg Contour mountain bike stage race certainly tested the organisation to the limit. Click here to view the article
  15. The Fairtree Simonsberg Contour was a drive for trail expansion in the Simonsberg Conservancy and during stage 2 riders enjoyed more than 10km of new singletrack. The race venue was Delvera outsider Stellenbosch. Just more than a week ago most of the Simonsberg Mountain and the mountain bike trails burnt extensively in fire that raged for more almost a week. The damage was very visible on route and all the riders marvelled at the fact that the race took place despite it all. “It was much better than what I expected after the fire,” said Louw, who won both stages. “You have to respect the work Meurant Botha and his team has done.” Youngster Jurgens Uys and Belgian Ken van den Bulke joined Louw on the overall winner’s podium. Nicky Giliomee won the women’s race. Michelle Lombardi and Ann Harrison joined her on the winner’s podium on day two. Ariane Kleinhans won stage 1, but took a wrong turn on day two and ended up on the short route. Uys said that day two’s route was a bit more of a challenge than first stage. “There was this one long climb which was a quite a breath-taker,” said Uys. “Today we could see the extensive damage the fire caused. The Fire Ride for sure. Meurant Botha and his team really did an amazing job making sure we could ride here. I’m certain every single rider appreciate what they did very much.” The legendary Michelle Lombardi could not stop smiling when talking about the stage. “The routes were absolutely amazing. Tough for sure, but really awesome. All the fire damage added something different to the race and I think the photos will be special. Riders must keep what they saw today and yesterday in the memory banks for when it all is green again and we can ride all the trails we are used to…”
  16. Adriaan Louw and Nicky Giliomee won the inaugural Fairtree Simonsberg Contour mountain bike stage race. This two-day race gave the riders a chance to see for themselves why the race was affectionately renamed to “The Fire Ride” after the Simonsberg fire. Click here to view the article
  17. Setting the routes for the inaugural Fairtree Simonsberg Contour has been a real challenge since the blazing Simonsberg fire interrupted the final building of trails. Click here to view the article
  18. The Fairtree Simonsberg Contour – now affectionately known as The Fire Ride – will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The starting and finishing points for both days are at the Delvera Farm outsider Stellenbosch. Riders have the option of a short route (some 40km) or a long route (some 60km) on both days. For route designer and race organiser Meurant Botha from Dirtopia the past few weeks has been a real challenge. Not only trying to save some of the trails during the fire, but also now making sure the Fairtree Contour does take place despite of the fire. “It has thus far taken six days and over 150 man days to clear the fire damage and we can report that the trails are now around 85% cleared,” said Botha on Tuesday. “The past few days has also revealed the extent of the damage, with especially the Lower Ho Chi Minh and Exit trails showing the worst damage and will remain impassable for the immediate future.” He added: “The extent of the burn has left us with no choice but to reroute Day 1 of the Fairtree Contour to include the Koelenhof region. This will make for flatter and fast riding, although the first part will include the Le Bonheur and Uitkyk climbs and singletrack sections that will certainly spread the field. Keep some gas in the tank for the final ascent of Klapmutskop and the final singletrack reward.” Day 2 sees the riders heading into the Simonsberg properly and the elevation stats increase measurably. “We have decided to tweak ride distances to leave our elevation stats close to our desired targets so do not underestimate the efforts required on this day by going on distance only. Riders will get a first-hand view of the fire damage and photo opportunities abound. We are happy to report that most of the Knorhoek section escaped the fire so riders can look forward to enjoying some of the last forest canopy covered trails the area has become renowned for.” The work is not done yet though. “As we are still hard at work getting the routes ready, so please keep checking in on route updates in the final build-up to race day.” Fairtree Capital is a Cape Town based investment manager that manages alternative and long only investment portfolios across all global asset classes. They have committed to support the effort to rebuild the trails after the Simonsberg Fire with financial support. “Fairtree is fully committed to rebuilding the trails and without their backing this would not be possible,” said Botha. Entries will only be accepted until Wednesday. For more information visit www.dirtopia.co.za or send an email to info@dirtopia.co.za Day 1: Long Short Day 2: Long Short
  19. The Contour is a unique event in that the shareholders are the landowners, sponsors and trailbuilders and the purpose of the event is to develop the Simonsberg into a premier trails region. All proceeds of the event goes straight towards achieving this vision. By not running the Contour the trails will suffer a double loss at a time when the rebuild needs all assistance it can get. In terms of the routes we will obviously have to adjust our offer and distances but we are confident that we can produce 2 days of riding that can showcase the area and put riders right in the middle of the fire zone with some amazing sights and views of the devastation. Our trail crews are going to clear as much singletrack as possible and we are increasing the team sizes yet again to achieve this. We aim to have finalised descriptions and profiles of our new routes by Monday. We therefore ask all riders to support our rebuild efforts by joining us for the inaugural Simonsberg Contour - The Fire Ride.Follow the rebuild on Facebook at www.facebook.com/simonsbergcontour Event Details: Date: 6/7 February 2016Venue: Delvera Farm, R44, Stellenbosch Start Times: 07h15 Registration: 5 February 2016 @Dirtopia Trail Centre, Delvera Farm, R44, Stellenbosch from 12h00 to 18h00 The Fairtree Capital Simonsberg Contour is a 2 day mountain bike stage race set with the Simonsberg ward of the Stellenbosch Wine Route. With daily route options of either 60km or 40km riders can expect a singletrack festival as the event combines trails from all the major events that frequent the region in one weekend of riding. Further, once-off links are opened specially for the weekend, making for a spectacular mtb experience. Spectators are able to purchase a meal voucher for R75 per day per person. Please let us know by Wednesday 3rd of February if you would like to purchase a voucher. Email: admin@dirtopia.co.za REMEMBER entries are limited to 500 riders only! There are only 150 entries left. Dont miss out! Enter here.
  20. As most mountain bikers have realised the Simonsberg Trails system has been ravaged by the recent fires, placing some doubt on the continued running of the new Fairtree Simonsberg Contour stage race. We as organisers and trailbuilders certainly shared these doubts as we saw all our hard work reduced to ash. Having had a couple of days to reflect it is clear that there is only one path for us and that is to stand up and rebuild. Click here to view the article
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