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  1. On 1 February 2021 Specialized Paarl opened its doors to the public in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic. View full article
  2. Set in a converted wine cellar on a working wine and fruit farm the Specialized Paarl store nestles beneath the magnificent backdrop of Paarl mountain. The name Paarl comes from the Dutch, “Parel” for Pearl from the granite outcrop that crests the mountain overlooking the town. Huge glass windows offer panoramic views of the Paarl valley and the Du Toitskloof mountains in the distance, reminding customers of the endless potential for adventure that lies in wait. The store is the brainchild of Paul Neethling and Darren Herbst, who share a vision of a community hub for the town where cyclists and their families feel welcome and are able to relax and spend time together in a comfortable environment. This ethos is the common thread that winds its way through every aspect of the store from the friendly and welcoming staff, to the light, airy retail floor and world-class workshop to the homely feel of Knus Karoo Kitchen next door. Their goal is to offer cyclists a holistic, one-stop experience- from purchase to bike-fit, trail permits, events and a place where the whole family feels welcome. Parents are able to have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine at Knus Karoo Kitchen, while the kids enjoy the pump track. Walking into the store, you’ll be welcomed by the experienced and friendly sales team, who are ready to point you in the right direction whether you need specific technical guidance or are just browsing. The spacious workshop and stellar team of mechanics are near at hand, ready to give your bicycle the care it deserves. The Retül Fit room is equipped with a state-of-the art Retül Vantage 3D motion capture fit system, to make sure you are perfectly set up on your bike: comfortable and able to eke out every last watt when you need it. The farm forms part of the Paarl Adventure Trails network and there are over 400km of trails running from the doorstep. The maintenance and development of these trails remains a focus for Darren, and acts as a drawcard for new and existing customers looking for a convenient and safe starting point for their rides. The Hero Legacy project also offers foundation classes every Wednesday to introduce 3 – 12-year old’s to the joy of cycling free of charge on the pump track at the front of the store. These classes serve to bring the local community together and expose youngsters from a range of backgrounds to the basics of bike-riding. The trail network plays host to range of mountain bike and trail running events which draw riders to the area, most notably the recent Paarl MTB Challenge served as SA Marathon Champs, bringing elite athletes from around the country to dice it out for the national jersey. With ample secure parking and easy access from the N1 Highway, Specialized Paarl is perfectly positioned to assist both locals and visiting riders, whether racing or just enjoying the spectacular scenery. If you are passing through the Paarl pop in for a coffee and a chat with Darren and the friendly team. The store is open from 08:00 to 17:30 during the week and from 07:30 to 14:00 on Saturdays and Public Holidays. Specialized Paarl Physical address: Pieter Hugo, Paarl, 7646 (Google map) Telephone: +27 21 036 2800 Instagram: @specializedpaarl Email: info@specializedpaarl.com
  3. The Paarl Adventure Trail Network is a joint initiative between Hero Adventure Trails, Drakenstein Municipality and Land Owners to create a network of quality mountain bike , trail running and hiking trails . The city of Drakenstein and Paarl in particular is not only one of the most visited destinations in the Western Cape but one of the most beautiful .The custom-built trails traverse through a variety of terrain and boasts some spectacular features and views around and on Paarl Mountain. Take a journey of discovery and stop over at the many points of interest along the trail. Restaurants, wine, olive, cheese, guest houses, museums and various other artisans make up just some of the features along the trail. This Trail was designed to showcase the amazing features, venues and activities around the Paarl Mountain, most of the trail is wide single-track with a few climbs and intermediate technical sections. TRAILS: Base Trail (58km Orange Trail ): A journey around Paarl Mountain. Take your time and enjoy the traverse around Paarl Mountain, there are many points of interest and stop over points along the way. Various venues where you can stop to enjoy activities. You can also plan your trip and only use sections of the trail (Point to Point use). Many of these venues, artisans and farms rely on your support so please stop enjoy what they have to offer and don’t forget to thank these amazing folks. Reserve Trail ( 20km Purple Trail): Enjoy the picturesque landscape of fynbos vegetation dominated by massive rounded granite rock formations set among wild olives, rock candle-woods and wagon trees. There are a host of other activities to do in the reserve that include Picnics , Fishing and tours. Please note that this area is an environmentally sensitive area, do not deviate of the trails, remove or damage and fauna or flora. The trail is mostly sand road , but includes a couple of long climbs and steep descents . There are also links to the Hero Adventure Trails at Rhebokskloof and Spice Route as well as the Paarl Adventure Base trail. please note that on this route you share the road with vehicles , so keep left and be cautious. Link Trails ( Grey Trails ): There are 2 link trails between Hero - Rhebokskloof and Hero- Spice Route that both go up and over the Paarl Mountain reserve . Rhebokskloof - Spice Route Link Trail : 40km Spice Route - Rhebokskloof Link Trail : 25km Both trails have a few big climbs but the rewards are amazing . Hero Adventure trail Park Links: as part of the network we have included all the trail options at both Hero Adventure Trail Parks . opening up a variety of over 40 different trails to select 1 day pass gives you access to over 200km of trails , great venues and endless adventure Access to the trails is strictly through purchasing a day pass , no pass no use . Registration points include : Rhebokskloof wine estate Spice Route Destination Paarl Tourism Office Ridgeback Wine Estate Picardie farm http://www.paarladventuretrails.co.za
  4. Our new ASG store in Paarl is all about fostering great relationships with local cyclists. Next time you are in the area we warmly welcome you to visit our store - Enjoy a coffee on us while discussing the latest news in cycling with our team and other clients. WHY ASG STORE? The ASG Store is a revolution in premium cycling retail & servicing. Our mission is to create unparallelled experiences for our clients throughout every aspect of the cycling environment. Our staff are dedicated to providing first-class service to all of our clients, and will go above and beyond to fulfil any of their needs. At ASG store we believe in a holistic approach to customer service, this is why our team includes highly experienced cycling professionals, trained biokineticists, nutritionists and massage therapists. ASG offers a range of luxury Italian brands such as Pinarello, Ftech and Rudy Project. Our brands are all highly represented as the brand of choice within the pro cycling circuit by some of the world’s top cycling athletes. In addition to our exceptional range of cycling brands the store also boasts a workshop staffed by professional bicycle technicians that specialise in the service & repair of our clients’ bicycles. ASG also features The ASG bike club, which offers a range of member benefits including special offers in store, regular assisted club rides and exclusive entry benefits to ASG events. Clients are invited to enjoy a cup of premium roasted coffee and free Wi-fi on us during their next visit at the ASG store - the cyclist’s home away from home.
  5. Entries for the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, which takes place in the Western Cape from 6-10 March 2017, will close on Friday 3 February 2017. The five-day tour, which is South Africa’s premier road stage race, takes the rider contingent on an unforgettable 5-stage journey through the Cape Winelands and boasts riding categories for both professionals and amateurs. Riders who would still like to enter can go to www.tourofgoodhope.co.za to secure their entry. “It genuinely feels like we’re building something really special. Now only in its second year of presentation, the tour already constitutes South Africa’s premier stage race,” said event convenor, Wynand de Villiers of ASG Events. “The success of the Tour is underpinned by the formula which sees amateurs being afforded the opportunity to ride in a tour alongside the pros and experience everything the pros do – a leader’s jersey, KOM competition, team competition and daily lunches and spoils at the race village.” “It’s also excellent preparation for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which happens two days after the Tour. Without exception, every open/seeded rider who has taken part in the Tour rides their best Argus ever. “This year we have seen many mountain-bikers enter. The Absa Cape Epic starts two weeks after the tour and they see it as the perfect opportunity to sharpen up. “We’ve already confirmed the participation of Karl Platt, Christoph Sauser and Sam Gaze. Even veteran mountain-biker Mannie Heymans is getting in on the act – he’s bringing a Namibian team to ride in the Tour.” According to De Villiers, because the event takes place at a time when temperatures in Europe haven’t quite warmed up yet, the Tour of Good Hope has become an attractive proposition for European based pros and amateurs. “We have more than 100 amateur riders from Europe who have entered in the individual open/seeded category.” Paarl is a half hour drive from Cape Town on the N1, which has seen many Cape Town Cycle Tour riders elect to extend their stay in the Western Cape by a week to take part in the event. The race format comprises a central race village hub at the beautiful La Paris Estate just outside Paarl and five stages covering a total of 490km and 5218m of vertical ascent. The first stage is largely flat and fast and a nice leg loosener while stage 2 presents a 25km time trial. Riders entered in the Amateur Teams competition complete a Team Time Trial while solo riders do an individual race against the clock. Stages 3 and 4 are the Tour’s queen stages which traverse Franschhoek Pass, Du Toits Kloof Pass and Bains Kloof Pass. Both stages are presented over 140km respectively and are the major challenges of the 5-day Tour. The 5th stage is flat and fast, apart from the final ascent up to the Iconic Taal Monument finish on the Paarl Mountain. FOR ALL THE ROUTE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE Through basing itself in the Paarl/Franschhoek valley, costs and logistical hassles are kept to a minimum. Travelling and accommodation have been simplified while the incorporation of some of the best and most famous cycling routes and mountain passes in the Western Cape has really distinguishes the event. Further event info at www.tourofgoodhope.co.za. Get live updates on Facebook and Twitter.
  6. Hi, I will be visiting Robertson and Paarl next week for work, I want to do a few rides in the area while I am there. What suggestions do you have for awesome mtb trails in the area? Thanks!
  7. There's something truly special about riding unknown trails and new terrain. Whether you've traveled across the globe to get there, or it's a local trail that you've overlooked or not had the chance to ride yet, it's that feeling that reminds us why we do this. The uncertainty of how long this climb actually is, or what lies around the next bend, keeps you fully focused in that moment, and removed from the rest of the world. Click here to view the article
  8. With daily access to incredible media and stories portraying the world's best riders in the world's best locations, we often forget what adventures might be waiting for us just around the corner. It's all too easy to sit in front of your screen, soaking up someone else's experience and wishing you lived near better trails, with bigger mountains and better weather. Hopefully this photo series will inspire you to step outside, get on your bike and explore more. About 60km from Cape Town lies the historic town of Paarl. Part of the winelands region of South Africa, it features a landscape ideal for mountain biking and hosts a long list of trails, suited to all grades of riding. Guarded on the one side by the majestic Paarl Rock granite mountain, and on the other by the Klein-Drakenstein and Du Toitskloof Mountains, Paarl truly is a place of scenic beauty with endless riding options. Despite the blistering summers heat, dry and dusty trails, we made our way out there to see what it has to offer. "The area around the town of Paarl is fast becoming a playground that iRideAfrica visits regularly on our guided trips. The massive granite domes are encircled by trails that can cater towards every type of rider, not to mention the multitude of great venues for great lunches and beer or wine tasting. The Paarl mountain reserve has beautiful sweeping dirt roads and sweeping vistas of the vineyards towards Table Mountain and now we have these great trails in Rhebokskloof that are easy enough for beginners but still fun for those with more skill. Even as an owner and guide for a company that takes people riding all year, I am still so excited to ride new trails where I can get an opportunity to experience what our guests must feel like when I am showing them our trail network. - Daniel Dobinson - iRideAfrica" On our way through the historic town of Paarl. The van showing the signs of many epic trips - as it should. Rookie mistake #1 - Don't ride tubes. Daniel popping a cold brew. Daniel attacking the flowing singletrack with the last rays chasing him. Post ride beer as evening sets. Probably the number 1 incentive to make it back. It's been real Paarl, see you again soon. Riders: Matthieu Hamel and Daniel Dobinson. Experience your own Trail Daze with iRide Africa.
  9. http://www.pinkbike.com/news/trail-daze-paarl-south-africa-2015.html
  10. Participants in the inaugural Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic will have a rare opportunity to ride the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve on Sunday, November 16. Click here to view the article
  11. Participants in the inaugural Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic, presented by the City of Drakenstein, will enjoy riding the Rhebokskloof Estate single-track and the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve on November 16. // Photo: Louis Ferreira. The event, which is presented by the City of Drakenstein and consists of 60km and 30km races, has been granted a once-off concession to traverse the huge granite rock and fynbos-shrouded hiking trails that are out of bounds at any other time. With participants crossing picturesque vineyards, riding the renowned Rhebokskloof Estate single-track and powering up to the iconic Taal Monument, the mountain bike event promised an unrivalled experience, said race director Wynand de Villiers of ASG Events. “It’s certainly worth the trip. This route is without equal anywhere in South Africa and guys who miss it will miss out on an exceptional experience.” De Villiers said the race was the start of a brand-new partnership between the municipality and the organisers and that both parties were determined to make it a successful signature event for the town. “Paarl residents will also be able to share in the action as riders dice through town en route to and from the Paarl Arboretum race village.” De Villiers said the feature race, with its 1 750m vertical ascent, was especially designed to give skilled mountain bikers a good challenge. “It’s a tough ride but absolutely stunning and guaranteed to leave any serious mountain biker with a real sense of accomplishment.” He said the field would split early on as riders started with a 12km climb up to the radio tower on top of Paarl Mountain before descending over the same distance through the scintillating Rhebokskloof single-track. “This means participants will be able to play comfortably, without bottlenecks or slow-moving traffic, on what has been described as some of the best single-track in the Western Cape.” De Villiers said another feature riders could look forward to would be ascending through the grounds of the Taal Monument before plunging down the mountainside on flowing single-track and popping out back into the streets of Paarl. “The 30km race is a much more manageable option but riders still have to get themselves up to the top of the mountain before they can enjoy the descents in the second half of the route.” He said vehicle sponsor NTT Volkswagen Paarl would provide sweep vehicles on the routes to ensure rider safety. The event starts at 7am to avoid the heat of the day, with CBC Brewery and Rhodes Foods offering a beer tent and food village respectively to refresh thirsty finishers. All participants will receive goodie bags and medals, with a total prize purse of R10 000 up for grabs. Registration takes place from 10am to 4pm on the Friday at Chris Willemse Cycles in Tyger Valley and from 9am to 1pm on the Saturday at the Paarl Arboretum’s southern entrance. Late registration is from 6am on the morning of the race. Enter at www.asgevents.co.za before November 11. The Cancer Association of South Africa will receive R10 from every entry fee.
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