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  1. Thought it might be a useful thread to start to get people together who want to purchase group permits / Activity Cards Level 3 for TMNP. Post if you're looking and please update if you've got / not interested any longer. For logistics sake it might be an idea to give a rough area where you stay and if you have another people who are looking or how many people you are looking for to complete an application.
  2. https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/cape-town-mountain-biker-assaulted-stabbed-for-his-bike-20190205 Apologies if double post. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP!
  3. Hi guys I'm visiting Cape Town from the UK over Christmas & NY (arrive tomorrow and here until the 2nd Jan) - and bringing my long travel mtb with me. Does anyone know of any group rides in and around Cape Town I could join over the period? Either Table Mountain/Tokai or further afield? I'm reasonably fit and used to riding black trails in Europe - so keen to try the most technical stuff you have. ???? Thanks in advance!! Robin
  4. A release from the Mountain Club to all users fo Table Mountain. While angled at hikers it has relevance to all users especially for the Newlands Forest, Rhodes, Signal Hill areas. Mountain Club SA (Cape Town section) WARNING, OCT '18 The General Committee of the Mountain Club of South Africa (Cape Town Section) regrets to advise members of the increasing possible threats to their personal safety while hiking and climbing in and around the Table Mountain National Park, and elsewhere. WARNING: Regarding violent crime on Table Mountain and Peninsula hiking areas The Club urges members to exercise caution when planning hiking routes. There are currently very few areas that can be considered completely safe, and you are advised to be aware of areas that have seen a recent escalation in crime. The recent series of assaults on trail runners & hikers on the Saddle at the top of Newlands Ravine, as well as on walkers, hikers, runners and cyclists in Newlands forest, represent a significant shift in the level of violence involved, unfortunately similar to that of the tragic attacks in the Kalk Bay and Karbonkelberg areas earlier this year. The MCSA (Cape Town Section) is integrally involved with the Table Mountain Security Action Group (TMSAG), an initiative involving over forty mountain user groups, neighbourhood watches and security associations, who are pursuing positive actions behind the scenes to combat these hazards in very difficult circumstances. The TMSAG is actively lobbying ALL the authorities to come up with a meaningful plan to protect mountain users – locals, visitors and tourists alike – and to apprehend those who would threaten us in what should be a safe and peaceful environment. High-risk areas Newlands Forest in its entirety, Newlands Ravine, the Saddle behind Devil’s Peak, the slopes of Devil’s Peak, the Blockhouses and nearby mountain biking trails. All these areas have seen several assaults recently, and while some of the perpetrators have, of late, been apprehended, others remain at large. There are also reports of people living there, hence the increased risks. Other areas considered to pose a risk to safety Signal Hill and Lion’s Head, Noordhoek & Kommetjie Beach, Sandy Bay & Karbonkelberg, Vlakkenberg, Blackburn Ravine, Elephant’s Eye, Kleinplaas Dam area, Black Hill and Red Hill, Slangkop, Peer’s Cave and Sunrise Beach. Safer areas Currently these include Silvermine East and the Kalk Bay mountains, where there have been fewer reports of incidents of late, while Cape Point, Silvermine West, the Back Table, Orange Kloof and the Apostles remain relatively crime-free at the present time. Vehicle break-ins A significant increase in the number of vehicle break-ins is occurring at the end of Tafelberg Road, at the Rhodes Memorial parking areas and on Signal Hill Road. Mountain users should remember that crime shifts in response to increased security in an area pushing the perpetrators to somewhere else. It is unlikely that the Table Mountain National Park will ever be totally crime free.. The best thing you can do is to be aware, keep hiking and look after your own safety. SAFETY STRATEGIES Hike in a group. While this does not preclude being attacked, it may serve as a deterrent. Be aware of potential threats. The suddenness of an attack leads to panic, which may exacerbate the situation. An alert, obviously aware group, poses a harder target. If attacked, it is advisable NOT to resist. Handing over your “valuables” decreases the chances of being harmed (although unfortunately, this is not always the case). In the event that you can see that an attack is imminent, hide your cellphone in the vegetation or rocks, so that you are able to summon help much faster afterwards. Keep the emergency contact numbers on your phones. Check that all members of the party have these numbers. Also keep those numbers somewhere on your person. Keep a look out on social media for the various ‘Safe Hikes’ and ‘Take Back Our Mountain’ initiatives, in which the MCSA is an active participant, and lend your support. These are proving to be highly successful. Emergency numbers (for crime or accident situations) 021 937 0300 Metro Emergency Medical Services, who will activate Mountain Rescue, and have the ability to escalate your call to all relevant agencies. 021 480 7700 Public Emergency Communication Centre, which is central control for reporting crime, on the mountain or anywhere else. These control centres can easily communicate with each other and all emergency services, and are currently your best options. It is utterly unacceptable that we are forced to endure the threat of violence while enjoying our mountains and beaches. The MCSA is striving, along with many other mountain user groups, to do whatever we can to combat crime, keep up pressure on the authorities, and to work towards evolving solutions to improve safety. The MCSA (Cape Town Section) 11 October 2018
  5. Car key found en route to Block House, Table Mountain
  6. Yo It's time for the first Ma55ive ride of 2017! We'll meet 6pm at Fireman's Arms and go for an hour ride on Table Mountain and then have a bite to eat and a drink and leave around 9pm. Looking forward to see you. Remember to invite a friend and also add them to this group! Regards, Gerjo Hoffman Looking forward to see you. Remember to invite a friend and also add them to the group on FaceBook. To RSVP please go here https://www.facebook.com/events/374396289595285/ Regards, Gerjo
  7. Kicking off 2017, the Trail Daze crew re-visited Cape Town to bring you the second of this two-part (part one) mother-city mountain biking showcase. We were joined by local pinner, industry influencer and all-round nice guy, Mark Hopkins. Click here to view the article
  8. You are invited to join the second Devil's Peak Ma55ive social ride with the Devil's Peak Ma55ive and thereafter a braai at Ian's house at 9 Forest Hills. We'll meet there at 6pm and go for an hour ride on Table Mountain and then have a quick braai and leave around 9pm. Bring own drinks and something to braai, some wood and cutlery. Looking forward to see you. Remember to invite a friend and also add them to this group! RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/groups/551147405094537/
  9. SANParks and the Table Mountain Mountain Bike (TMMTB) Forum have over the past few months been revising the current 2002 cycling Environmental Management Programme (EMP) for the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). A draft of the revised EMP will be released for public comment on Monday, 4 April on the TMNP and TMMTB Forum websites while hardcopies of the report and maps will be available at various libraries throughout the Cape metropolitan area and selected TMNP offices. Click here to view the article
  10. now this I can use! Cape Town police to use 70kph ebikes to target crime on Table Mountain. http://www.mbr.co.uk/news/cape-town-police-to-use-70kph-ebikes-to-target-crime-on-table-mountain-339274 The City of Cape Town has invested in a fleet of ebikes to tackle a recent spate of crime on Table Mountain. To target an increase in rape and robberies, the police will be using Greyp G12 ebikes that are capable of reaching speeds up to 70km/h with no assistance from the rider. This would make them technically motorbikes in Britain, and therefore illegal on British trails, but is no worry for the police of Cape Town. The bikes are specced like World Cup downhill bikes with RockShox Boxxer forks, a RockShox Vivid shock and Shimano Saint brakes (which use an energy recovery system to charge the battery)… We just hope the own-brand wheels can stand up to the hits at such high speeds. The frames are made of steel and the panels that house the internals are carbon fibre. A Greyp bike will set you back €8440 (£6,550) plus shipping. http://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/03/Greyp-bike-cape-town-630x400.jpg
  11. Looking to ride with some other ladies. Safety in numbers! I'm not the fittest or fastest but I enjoy Rhodes memorial to block house and taking a trip to the Northern suburbs for some good trails. I usually ride with my husband but he is a lot fitter than I am, more interested in downhill and it might be more fun to ride with some ladies to cheer each other on Anyone interested in joining please comment! Any husbands looking to go downhill and needing a wife babysitter, this is the perfect opportunity
  12. Found a set of Keys and Remote on Table Mountain this morning on my way down Dead Man's Tree just before the Tecky Rock single track left turn If anyone lost a set, please contact me
  13. The Absa Cape Epic will help to rehabilitate trails on Table Mountain following the highly successful Prologue on its slopes. Click here to view the article
  14. In 2009 the Absa Cape Epic Prologue was staged across the face of Table Mountain, in the Table Mountain National Park, but in the days before the event a fire swept across the slopes and much of the course. Click here to view the article
  15. Mountain bike trails, many of us live for these sculptured tracks of dirt. But where do they come from? Who's building them? And why don't we know? While I won't be going into why many South African mountain bikers can't answer these fundamental questions, I will be pointing out who's responsible for the most recent modifications to the Rhodes Memorial single track on Table Mountain. Click here to view the article
  16. Hi everybody I'm looking to lengthen my commute some days from Sea Point to the city and go on the mtb via table mountain. Ideally i'm thinking of cycling thru clifton to camps bay and then climbing up to signal hill/lions head via kloof (unless there is an offroad trail?) and then up to table mountain to do part of the goat and entering the city via vredehoek. On the way home i was hoping to do the reverse with perhaps a way down into sea point thru a trail on lions head. Although i cant find this on any of the maps just the bo kaap trails. I can't make the newbie rides on the tablemountainbikers website so i was hoping to get some advice here. Firstly is it relatively safe? I'll be riding between 6am-7am / 6pm-7pm when its currently dark. I have a light but i'm more concerned about crime. I know there is always a risk but am what i doing high risk or medium/low risk as there'll be others on the route at this time. Does anyone else do this or a similar commute that i can join? Secondly i'm happy to get a permit. Seems to be a debatable issue on here and i'm guessing sanparks wont be policing at these times (or else i wouldn't have to worry about crime) but i'm happy to get one. I'm assuming its just a lvl 3 activity card? Lastly any tips about learning which way to go or anything i've missed? I was planning on doing a dry run this sunday mid morning with a printed map to find my way. thanks
  17. Hi Hubbers In august last year myself and 2 other guys were the first to cycle to the top of George Peak. It took us 10 1/2 hours but we did it. I was looking last night as to which mountain i can climb next and i was thinking why not cycle to the top of table mountain. So did some research and wasn't able to find any routes of guys that have done it before. Surely some hubbers have cycled to the top. I want to go to the Upper cable car and then have dinner with my family at the restaurant and get the cable car down. Possibly starting in camps bay. Does anyone have a map or photos or anything that can help me? i want to give it a shot in October.
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