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  1. Saturday morning trail runners can choose from a 7km or 12km route that will climb in the Conservancy on magnificent trails. Mountain bikers that want to experience the singletrack trails with their lights, must enter for the Nightride that starts from the estate as the sun sets 19h20 with a 12km route. But the main focus is Sunday morning for the fat tyre lovers. Ride one of the following fun ride distances: 30km, 12km or 7km or enter for the real fun All Mountain Enduro event. The Enduro has 5 stages in which only the mainly downhill sections are timed. To get to the start of the special stages, you ride socially which makes for a great atmosphere. The routes climb on the slopes of Simsonberg mountain with fantastic views and fun singletrack sections. Do not miss this celebration of the Stellenbosch outdoors! All of the Delheim events will offer the participant refreshment stations on the routes with fruit, Powerade, and energy jellies and at the finish there will be a medal for all finishers with a cool drink. Prizes for the top performance in each distance plus great lucky draws that will include wine from the estate, restaurant vouchers, and outdoor merchandise. Delheim restaurant will have wonderful food on offer from early morning on both days. Sunday and Monday nights from neighbouring farm, Delvera the hikers will get another chance to see the magnificent views from the top of Klapmutskop. Book for the FALKE Full Moon hike on Monday night 14 November, as Sunday is already sold out. The Super Moon will rise just as the sun has set which is a wonderful way to enjoy your picnic in the outdoors! Dirtopia Café on Delvera will be open until late for cheese platters and burgers. Permits are always available from the Trail Centre for normal trail riding or walking 7 days a week and even Giant mountain bike hire. Entries for all events are available on www.dirtopia.co.za or at registration on event day. Contact info@dirtopia.co.za or call 021884752.
  2. Hike, bike or run in the Simonsberg region this weekend, as Dirtopia brings you the Delheim Outdoor weekend on the 12th and 13th of November. Click here to view the article
  3. In November 2015, the Simonsberg Enduro was a highlight for the Enduro riders at the end of a season. On the 15th of May, they can enjoy new sections of this mountain on four special stages. The start and finish will be from Uitkyk Wine Estate near Stellenbosch, with its magnificent wines and historic buildings. Click here to view the article
  4. The first 2016 Enduro event held at Delvera and drew more than 130 riders, including many more junior riders, as well as ladies are participating and the categories are increasing! The Enduro events are geared for mountain bikers that enjoy singletrack and are fit enough to ride uphills, but more importantly like riding downhills fast! Therefore more adrenalin junkies like downhillers enjoy this discipline of the sport but the lady participation is growing and more young riders are taking part too. Anyone can try this discipline and course designer, Meurant Botha loves taking part himself! Although there are prizes for the top males & females and medals for all, the event is about a day of pure mountain bike riding. Although the racing is fairly short, the liasions are tough climbs and the sprint efforts during stages intense. The total distances is normally between 20-25km and it takes roughly 3 hours to complete the day’s stages. After the event, riders can relax on the beautiful lawn and enjoy the views with food, drinks and of course wine! Only pre-entries are taken, so visit www.dirtopia.co.za to enter online. Timing is done with Amarider Trail Tags and times are immediately live on raceday. Fees start at R300 per rider and you can call the Trail Centre at 0218844752 for any queries or mail info@dirtopia.co.za. The other three Enduro events planned for 2016 are scheduled at various venues from Wellington to Helderberg.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Launching a new race is never easy, so having to contend with the devastating Simonsberg fire just 2 weeks before the race certainly tested the organisation to the limit. 90% of the trails constructed over the past 2 years were damaged and the bulk of the forest canopy lost when fires ravaged the Simonsberg Mountain and adjacent wine estates from 19to 22 January. Click here to view the article
  8. 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 trailbuild 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” said Botha. Organisers were forced to reroute most of day 1 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 has signed as annual partner of the trail system. Kobus Nel, CEO from Fairtree says: “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 organize such a unique event and the “Fire Ride” will stay etched in our memory for years to come. 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.” Mr Nel concluded. The organisers will shortly look at new trail additions for the 2017 event, set for 4 & 5 February 2017. The trails are currently still closed for maintenance; however, the re-launch of trails will be on the 2nd of 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 Dirtopia Trail Centre should you have any questions.
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